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Review: New book on unfinished movie a must-read for Orson Welles fans Special

May 6 of this year marked the hundredth anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. But despite the name recognition and the wide film-school reverence for “Citizen Kane”, it sometimes seems as if Welles is still being neglected, even posthumously.

Op-Ed: Bad literacy directly affects people’s health and our society

Stop a moment and think about the scandalous fact that, in modern Britain, i.e. one of the richest country on the planet, more than a fifth of 11-year-olds will still be leaving primary school without reaching the basic level in reading.

Top book for primary school children revealed

London - The number one book for children at primary school (aged five to 11 in the U.K.) to read has been named by teachers. It is 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' a novel by Roald Dahl.

Rushdie says 'wrong lessons' learned from his Iran fatwa ordeal

Paris - More than a quarter century after being slapped with a fatwa from Iran calling for his murder over his book "The Satanic Verses", Salman Rushdie says the world has learned the "wrong lessons" about freedom of expression.

Review: 'Go Set a Watchman' — An incoherent, frustrating first draft Special

It's a mistake to read Harper Lee's “Go Set a Watchman” as a proper sequel to her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird." Fans would best approach it as a curio, as a wildly uneven first draft with too few moments of real inspiration.

Feverish excitement surrounds Harper Lee book release

New York - Bookstores opened at midnight when copies of Harper Lee's eagerly awaited, but controversial second novel flew off the shelves more than half a century after the groundbreaking success of "To Kill a Mockingbird.

First chapter of new Harper Lee novel released

New York - Scout is an independent woman living in New York with a childhood friend who wants to marry her back home in Alabama. Her brother is dead and her father, Atticus, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

Writer Tanith Lee has died

Science fiction, fantasy and horror writer Tanith Lee has passed away. Lee authored over 90 books and several screenplays, including episodes of the cult television series 'Blake's 7'.

'The Exorcism of Baby Michael' terrifying Amazon readers

One of the most talked about short stories in the horror genre on Amazon today is the latest work by Angelo King. But unless you don't want to sleep tonight, you may want to think twice about downloading it.

Op-Ed: The problem with mainstream feminism

Once defined as the equality of sexes; many prominent feminists have turned that definition upside down to attack men; while simultaneously shaming women who see feminism as a man hating ideology. It is no wonder why many reject the moniker.

Op-Ed: Libraries: More bridges between culture and education collapse

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?

Small publishers flourish in Spain's crisis

Barcelona - Specialising in forgotten literary gems and little-known writers, small independent publishers are flourishing in Spain while the big houses are forced to merge to survive.

Op-Ed: Are children still interested in books?

With the rise of the number of children reading on tablets, especially after Christmas, many parents are wondering whether there is any harm leaving their little ones use such technology.

Mayim Bialik's book on attachment parenting releases in UK

Actress Mayim Bialik, 38, who plays socially inept neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler and played a role in the 90s sitcom Blossom, is releasing her book, "Beyond the Sling" giving advice on attachment parenting, in the UK.

Review: Misdiagnosed — A new book about misdiagnosis and health Special

Imagine being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis…and then finding out it was nothing more than gluten sensitivity. This is, incredibly, what happened to one woman and she has used this experience to write a memoir.

'Chilean Schindler's List' saved leftists from regime

Santiago - During the darkest days of Chile's dictatorship, a man named Jorge Schindler saved dozens of leftist militants by employing them undercover at his pharmacies, risking his own life like a different Schindler during another of history's nightmares.

Op-Ed: Parents cannot protect kids from sex by censoring books

Fremont - "Your Health Today" is at the center of a controversy on how much children should learn about sex from textbooks. While the amount of information it gives is significant, caring parents are a bit misguided in sharing it.

Op-Ed: Get the old grumpy librarians out; for our children's sake!

I love books and I absolutely love libraries. To be honest, without libraries, I would not have written over 50 children’s books. Books are part of my daily life because of the many libraries I visited in my life, and I am so happy I did so.

Op-Ed: Penning scary stories: It’s not a difficult exercise

Scary stories have been an integral part of our growing up. In fact, why only growing up? Doesn't a well-represented horror tale send shivers down our spine even well beyond our childhood?

Darwin’s Beagle library digitalized

Singapore - An online reconstruction of the books that Charles Darwin took on the ship Beagle, has made the library from Darwin’s famed voyage more accessible.

Op-Ed: Want to be an author? Beware Amazon's 'Kindle unlimited'

Amazon.com may soon offer a new "Kindle Unlimited" subscription service for $9.99 per month that gives subscribers unlimited access to over 600,000 titles. What does this mean for new authors?

Op-Ed: Can all parents raise their children as bilingual speakers?

“Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gisele Bündchen do it, so why can’t we do it too?” Some monolingual parents ask when they hear about the Hollywood stars, rich or celebs, for whom it has become trendy to bring up children to be bilingual.

Children’s books teach important lessons on accepting differences Commissioned

Leading experts and authors agree that helping children recognize and accept differences at an early age is important, especially via literature.

'Fault in Our Stars' cries up a solid win

"Fault in Our Stars" beat expectations and proved the young female audience is not to be ignored at the box office. Going in it was going to beat "Edge of Tomorrow," but it wasn't close.

George R.R. Martin wants to 'kill you' for charity

George R.R. Martin is finally writing the long, long awaited next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire which the hit show Game of Thrones is based on. If you donate $20,000 USD to his charities he will kill you off in it!

Video: Malka Marom, author of 'Joni Mitchell in Her Own Words' Special

Toronto - Malka Marom's latest book "Joni Mitchell - In Her Own Words" details the intimate interviews she had with Canadian painter/songwriter and artist Joni Mitchell over the decades.

The Canadian Opera Company says 'Olé!' to Don Quichotte Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company will be staging Jules Massenet’s 1910 work 'Don Quichotte' for the first time in its history. Along with being a company premiere, it marks the Canadian debut of the work's celebrated lead vocalist.

Harvard library reveals rare books bound in real human flesh

Cambridge - A 2006 article from the Harvard Crimson about three antique books discovered in Harvard's library bound in real human flesh has resurfaced and is rapidly trending throughout Facebook.

Review: Memoir tells story behind 'The Room' with expected hilarity Special

If you've never been to a public screening of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 cult film “The Room”, you've been missing a wonderful, surreal experience. Few legitimate intentional comedies hurt your belly from laughter the way this terrible flick can.

Review: Can Divergent, a series not for teens, be saved by the producers? Special

Chicago - The FIRST Divergent movie is great fun and better than the book, but will the final installment result in teen suicides, bad AP scores and a dumbed-down public? Can the sanity of Divergent viewers be saved with a new ending to the series?
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The United States Library of Congress
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A mother reading books to her children
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Libertarian books (from left to right): "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt, "The Revolution: A Manifesto" by Ron Paul and "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" by Ayn Rand.
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Dickson Street Bookshop. Fayetteville, Ark. Feb. 18, 2011
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Libertarian books (from left to right): "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt, "The Revolution: A Manifesto" by Ron Paul and "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" by Ayn Rand.
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The interior of the Toronto Reference Library
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Malka Marom sits with her dear friend Joni Mitchell photo copyright: Malka Marom
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The ten best books that will sharpen your mind.
The ten best books that will sharpen your mind.
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