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The New York Times (243 news in all)
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Betty Ballantine, Who Helped Introduce Paperbacks, Dies at 99 As a publishing team, she and her husband, Ian, set out in 1939 “to change the reading habits of America,” and to a large extent they did.

 

Books of The Times: In ‘The Next to Die,’ a Serial Killer Targets Pairs of Best Friends In Hannah’s new novel, the Culver Valley police force is searching for a killer who sends homemade books to prospective victims.

 

Andrea Levy, Author Who Spoke for a Generation of Immigrants, Dies at 62 Her books were praised for their witty, honest portraits of the immigrant experience, especially of those who moved to Britain from the West Indies after World War II.

 

Sketchbook: The Future of Publishing, as Imagined by R.O. Blechman An illustrated prediction of the book world’s next big frontier.

 

Ivory Tower: Is Blockchain Technology Overhyped? Two books by legal scholars argue that the revolutionary promise of the new database tool has been exaggerated.

 

The New York Times Sunday (27 news in all)
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By the Book: ‘Why Have a Large Library and Not Use It?’ Janet Malcolm: By the Book The journalist, whose new book is “Nobody’s Looking at You: Essays,” read indiscriminately in her youth: “Bookish children are not critics. They just like to read.”

 

Fiction: A Dark Fairy Tale of American Oddballs and Candlepin Bowling “Bowlaway,” Elizabeth McCracken’s first novel in 18 years, is a family saga, a burlesque chronicle of eccentrics and a fractured, fanciful fable.

 

Books News: Get a First Look at the Cover of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Forthcoming Novel “The Water Dancer,” out in September, is about an enslaved man whose life is altered by a near-death experience.

 

The Shortlist: Five Essay Collections by Women of Color Urgent new reading on the subjects of race and gender disparities in America.

 

Fiction: A Comic Novel About the George W. Bush No One Knows Thomas Mallon’s “Landfall” imagines the goings-on inside the Bush White House.

 

Sketchbook | Graphic Review: Liana Finck’s Illustrated Tribute to Isak Dinesen “Seven Gothic Tales,” like the biography of the Danish author herself, provides the perfect anti-romance for this Valentine’s Day.

 

The Guardian (298 news in all)
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Book clinic: what books will boost my 10-year-old son’s self-confidence? The Bookseller’s children’s editor suggests titles that will stand younger readers in good stead when times are toughQ: What books would help instil confidence in a preteen boy?Stay-at-home mother, 33, trying to help her 10-year-old son to become calmer and more confident A: Fiona Noble, children’s books editor at the Bookseller, writes:The act of reading can itself create an oasis of calm in a busy world, and I believe children’s fiction can play a powerful role in building confidence and resilience. Look for stories showing characters facing and overcoming fears and persevering in tough times. SF Said’s modern classic Varjak Paw, with wonderfully menacing artwork from Dave McKean, is about a young cat on a voyage of discovery and self-acceptance in the big city, replete with martial arts and terrifying villains. Another thrilling tale of bravery is Katherine Rundell’s epic adventure The Explorer, last year’s Costa children’s book of the year. Four children lost in the Amazon jungle face a compelling physical struggle to survive while each facing their own, more personal battles. Continue reading...

 

Sam Harris, the new atheist with a spiritual side The neuroscientist, controversial podcaster – and longtime exponent of meditation – talks about his new app and why he is definitely not an IslamophobeBack in the middle of the first decade of this century, a new movement was heralded by the publication of several books on the same subject. The main four authors were Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris. And the movement was called the New Atheism.At the time, Harris, who was actually the first to publish, with his book The End of Faith, was unquestionably the junior partner. The others had global reputations in their fields – Dawkins in evolutionary biology, Hitchens in journalism and public speaking, and Dennett in philosophy and cognitive science. All Harris had was his book and a BA in philosophy. The four, who would become known as the Four Horsemen, got together in 2007 at Hitchens’s apartment in Washington to discuss arguments for atheism or, more accurately, against faith. The event was recorded and is available to watch on Youtube. Continue reading...

 

Roger McNamee: ‘It’s bigger than Facebook. This is a problem with the entire industry’ Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor and an early investor in Facebook on why his book Zucked urges people to turn away from big tech’s toxic business modelRoger McNamee is an American fund manager and venture capitalist who has made investments in, among others, Electronic Arts, Sybase, Palm Inc and Facebook. In 2004, along with Bono and others, he co-founded Elevation Partners, a private equity firm. He has recently published Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.What is your history with Facebook?I’ve been a technology investor since 1982, and a tech optimist until very recently. I first met Mark Zuckerberg in 2006, when he was 22 years old and I was 50. Even at that time it was already obvious to me that Facebook would be as successful eventually as Google was at that time, which was to say spectacularly successful. He had broken the code on the two things that historically had undermined all network-based companies: he had required authenticated identity, and he had provided genuine control of privacy. Continue reading...