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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Cookies, Deaf Karaoke, and the Quest to Find a Whale (shelftalker)

Although the Christmas whirlwind is upon us, a group paused for a minute this week to welcome the author of an 2019 novel. We were lucky enough to sit down with...

In Brief: December 13, 2018

This week, debut picture book authors Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle visit Rachael Ray; a firefighter reads to kids; and William Joyce celebrates the final Guardians book.A Plum PairComposer...

Political Books for Children Explore the Meaning of Citizenship

Not only are politicians writing children’s books, but books for children touting the virtues of responsible citizenship are also being released to take advantage of the highly politicized zeitgeist...

Bookstore Sales Increased 7.2% in October

After two months of declines, bookstore sales rebounded in October, rising 7.2% over a year ago.According to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, bookstore sales were $699 million...

India’s Farmers on the March

Molly CrabappleSkulls Potteeswaran, a rice farmer, said he was holding the skulls of Murugesan and Laxmi, a couple from Trichy in Tamil Nadu, who had killed themselves over a bank...

How Wit Reveals the Trickster Beauty of Our Garbage World

We live in the dumbest timeline. And yet the world is full of wit. Wit, fully understood, is not simply a knack for puns and banter—it’s “the ability to...

Brazilian Publisher Pleads for People to Buy Books

Luiz Schwarcz, CEO of Penguin Random House-owned Companhia das Letras in Brazil, has published a blog post on his company's website pleading for people buy and give books as...

A Publisher Reflects on the Blurred Line Between Middle Grade and YA

Last month, teen blogger Vicky wrote a blog post that really resonated with me and has gotten a lot of attention in the online young adult community. She posits...

Study Recommends Refocusing Readers on Canadian Authors

English-language book sales by Canadian authors have fallen by half since 2005 in Canada, a new report published today claims. These books represented only 13% of overall book sales...

New Kids’ and YA Books: Week of December 17, 2018

Here we round up new and forthcoming titles for young readers, including a YA novel set in Japan, a YA novel about matchmaking, a collection of love advice from...

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The Top 10 Library Stories of 2018

1. The Trump Administration Renews Its Call to Eliminate Federal Library Funding Another year of the Trump administration came with yet another call to...

The best thrillers and crime fiction of 2018

Our critic rounds up the best crime fiction offerings of the year so far, from JK Rowling's new Strike mystery to a bestseller by South Korea's most popular...

Cookies, Deaf Karaoke, and the Quest to Find a Whale (shelftalker)

Although the Christmas whirlwind is upon us, a group paused for a minute this week to welcome the author of an 2019 novel. We were lucky...

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