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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 100 best children’s books of all time

With the summer holidays approaching, there are plenty of reading opportunities for young bookworms on the horizon.  Here, we present the best books to keep children occupied – whatever their...

Dead Girls, Female Murderers, and Megan Abbott’s Novel “Give Me Your Hand”

In part thanks to “Dead Girls,” a provocative essay collection by Alice Bolin, but also thanks to the endless stream of entertainment focussed on dead girls, from “Law ...

Changing the Picture Book Shelves (shelftalker)

  We’ve been struggling with our picture book section at the shop for some time now, and by “struggling” I mean that while the category is selling well once we...

Q & A with Alexandra Bracken

The first book in bestselling author Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds dystopian trilogy was released in 2012, though it has a message of young activism in the face of...

May Bookstore Sales Up $4 Million

Bookstore sales rose from $741 million last May to $745 million in May 2018, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The $4 million rise in...

Obituary: Patricia Hermes

Prolific author Patricia Hermes, creator of more than 50 books for children and young adults, died on July 11 at her home in Phoenix. She was 82.Hermes was born...

Children’s Book Council to Sponsor Diversity Award

The Children’s Book Council, the nonprofit trade association for children’s publishers in North America, has announced the launch of the CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Awards program. Beginning this...

A Visit to Montgomery’s Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is a fifteen-minute walk southwest from the museum. On the way there we saw our first Montgomery traffic: a funeral cortège headed...

North American Comics Market Declined 6.5% in 2017

Combined North American sales of graphic novels and periodical comics declined about 6.5% to $1.015 billion in 2017, according to a joint estimate made by pop culture trade news...

The BBC and Brexit: An Exchange

Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty ImagesBritish Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer, and United Kingdom Independence Party leader Paul Nuttall during filming for the BBC’s...

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