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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.

The Bells of Balangiga

Wikimedia CommonsUS soldiers who survived a surprise attack during the Philippine-American war posing with one of the bells of Balangiga, Philippines, 1901-1909Years after the event, the American survivors of...

Poems from the Abyss

Miłosz: A Biography Dominique NabokovCzesław Miłosz, New York City, 1986One of the finest poems by Czesław Miłosz is the four-part sequence A Treatise on Poetry, a kind of elegy for...

In Brief: November 9, 2017

This week, chef and author Gino Campagna finds a new use for spaghetti; Liara Tamani has a book launch party; Elizabeth Lorayne introduces her history-themed coloring book to the...

In a New Crop of Religious Books, Belief is Unbound

This fall and into the next, scholarly books in religious studies defy easy labels and reflect the eagerness of publishers to widen academic discourse and upset conventional wisdom in...

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers List, September 2017

Kristen Ashley’s contemporary romance The Time in Between topped the list of bestselling titles on the Smashwords platform for the month of September.Up three spots from last month, Mel...

Unholy Alliance

At various times throughout history, the Bible has been used to justify the enslavement of black children, women, and men, and this has created a troubling entanglement of racism...

The Mass Merchandiser Channel Helps Lift Unit Sales 1%

At outlets that report to NPD BookScan, unit sales of print books were 1% higher in the week ended Nov. 5, 2017, than in the comparable week in 2016....

A Historian Turns to True Crime

When it comes to writing true crime, historians should be on publishers’ radar. We’re consummate researchers; chances are high that we were terriers in our former lives.True crime involves...

Fresh Looks at the Bible

Biblical studies is both a flourishing academic field and the core of the religion publishing business, not least because the Bible remains opaque to many readers. The complexity of...

Neel Mukherjee on Displacement and Desire

I never think of myself as a writer; I think of myself as someone who writes books,” says Neel Mukherjee emphatically, as he reflects on the years between the...

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