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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.

Meg Wolitzer’s New Novel is Right for the #MeToo Moment

There are ambitious people, and there are people who define ambition. Meg Wolitzer—whose 10th novel, The Female Persuasion, will be published by Riverhead in April—is in the second category....

Sir Anthony Beevor slams Ukraine’s ‘preposterous’ ban on Stalingrad book

Military historian Sir Anthony Beevor is urging politicians to fight censorship after one of his books was banned in Ukraine.  The 1998 bestseller Stalingrad was barred for import last week alongside...

Facebook’s Fake News Fix

Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty ImagesA Facebook “dislike” thumbs-down symbol on an iPhoneWhen Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared with his (then) 101,545,240 followers that his New Year’s resolution...

Editorial: It’s Time for Publishers to Join the Fight for Net Neutrality

Supporters of net neutrality marked two important developments in recent days. On Tuesday, January 16, it was revealed that 50 senators have now committed to a bill that would...

First Lines: January 2018

We kick off 2018 with atheist children and funerals for the living. To submit a first line to BookLife, email booklifeeditor@booklife.com.How the Vortex Changed My LifePamela K. Kinney“Some days,...

Feminism and Feel-Good Stories: A Children’s Holiday 2017 Sales Report

For booksellers, the holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year. Reports from around the country indicate a healthy season for children’s booksellers in particular, consistently...

2017 NBCC Awards Finalists Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the 30 finalists for its 2017 literary awards, as well as the recipients of three additional prizes. The NBCC winners will be...

Finding Paul Between Two Worlds

Boston University professor Paula Fredriksen was about to write one kind of book about the Apostle Paul, but then felt compelled to write a different one: Paul: The Pagan’s...

The End of the Awl and the Vanishing of Freedom and Fun from the...

Blogging, that much-maligned pastime, is gradually but surely disappearing from the Internet, and so, consequently, is a lot of online freedom and fun....

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Stanley Cavell, 1926–2018

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