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Same, but Different: Why We Love Revisiting Famous Literary Characters

I recently watched a brand-new dramatization of a classic work of literature — if, that is, the definition of literature includes manga.

The work in question is Hana Yori Dango, usually translated into English as Boys Over Flowers, the all-time most popular shōjo manga, i.e., manga aimed at a teenage female readership. It ran for twelve years in a biweekly magazine and was collected in thirty-seven volumes, which have sold more than sixty million copies. – SHERRY THOMAS, Signature

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This wonderful building was built in 1903 by a wealthy family of Greek bankers, only to be confiscated by the Communist regime in the 1950s. It was turned into a general store and later abandoned and left to decay as Communism collapsed. – Atlas Obscura

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Awards Introduction: 6 Literary Prizes and a Few Winning Books We Love

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Earlier this year the Nobel Prize Committee announced it wouldn’t be awarding a prize for literature this year due to an internal sex scandal within the Swedish Academy, which oversees the prize. So readers who look forward each October to discovering new international writers – or cheering for the victory of a beloved favorite – will have to wait a year, until fall 2019, to find out who the winner is. The Academy plans to award two prizes next year. (While you wait, though, consider the book by the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Nadia Murad’s The Last Girl.)  In the meantime, there are plenty of other literary contests to watch (or, in the case of a rich award like the Man Booker, bet on.) Read on to get a sense of what the prizes are and who’s won in the past. –  JENNIE YABROFF, Signature

In Perfect Harmony: Why Music and Fiction Work Well Together

There is an inherent problem about writing fiction that concerns another art form – especially if you’re claiming that your fictional artist has real talent, or is exceptionally good at what he or she does.  How can you prove it? It’s not so hard if you’re writing about a writer – the qualities and textures of the prose that you, the author, employ will almost do the job for you. The examples you cite about the fictional author will surely reflect your own standards. This perhaps explains why there are more novels about novelists than any of the other potential artists and art forms on offer. How do you prove that your fictional painter, dancer, sculptor, composer, filmmaker are worthwhile, genuinely gifted? It’s tricky. – WILLIAM BOYD, Signature

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9 New Books Editors Have on Their Reading Lists

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Do you have a million books on your to-be-read list, but are unsure where to start? Let us make it easy (or at least easier) for you. Three of our BookBub editors — ZanHannah, and Diana — shared recent releases they’re excited about, from nail-biting bestsellers to humorous book club suggestions. Check out our list of editor recommendations below, complete with publishers’ descriptions. – Bookbub

8 of the Best Cocktails from Classic Literature

As owners of the cocktail institution, Death & Co and authors of the New York Times bestselling book of the same name and our new book, Cocktail Codex, we make and study cocktails for a living. Therefore, it is no surprise that we have a great appreciation for writers who use cocktails as a means for creating character traits or for setting a scene.

To celebrate the important role cocktails play in literature, we’ve compiled some of the most well-known books where the cocktail itself, becomes a character, along with some fun facts about each drink. – ALEX DAY AND DAVID KAPLAN, Signature

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Why We Need More Literature About Intersectionality and Young Women

Two anthologies provide space to girls and women to articulate the realities of lives where “femaleness” is supposed to be the preeminent part of one’s identity. In the case of Can We All Be Feminists?, women write of how assumptions about a preeminent need to overcome misogyny contributes to other forms of oppression, while in Girls Write Now, girls growing up in the new millennium write their observations of first experiences that help to define who they are. –  LORRAINE BERRY, Signature

18 Short Classics You Can Read in One Sitting

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Many think of classic novels as long, ponderous texts, but that’s not always the case! There are many famous classics that are actually quite short. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read, check out this list of short classics you can read in one sitting. Arranged from shortest to longest, these books pack a punch in 200 pages or less. – Elisabeth Delp, Bookbub

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Shelf-Discipline: How to Read More Before Your Next Book Spree

“At Goodreads, we always encourage our members to read more. But sometimes, the number of books still waiting on your Want to Read shelf can feel a little daunting… So we asked avid readers on Facebook and Twitter if they’ve ever tried a book-buying hiatus: a temporary (and we stress temporary), self-imposed ban from buying more books until they finish the current ones on their to-read list. Needless to say, some reactions were (understandably) strong… ” – Marie, Goodreads

10 Inspiring New Memoirs by Women Hitting Shelves This Fall

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“With the arrival of fall comes a feeling of renewal and self-invention. If you’re looking for inspiration this coming season, we recommend picking up these powerful memoirs written by tenacious and talented women. Check out this list of new inspiring memoirs by women below.” – Ashley Johnson for Bookbub

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9 of the Trickiest Riddles from Books

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“Riddles are a time-honored rite of passage for book heroes. As readers, we love how they test the hero’s powers of perception, thinking, and creativity — and how they test ours, too! Feel like a bit of a brain teaser? Try your wits against these tricky riddles from books and see if you have what it takes to be a bookish hero. Scroll to the end to find the answers — but no peeking!” – Elisabeth Delp, Bookbub

7 Novels That Will Take You Back to the 1980s

“If you’re aching for the ‘80s you can always revisit these classic books, but hindsight can be 20/20, and there is something fun about journeying back through a more contemporary read. Here are a few newer titles that will satisfy your nostalgia needs.” – Ashley Morten, Signature

9 Best Fiction Books About Films

“Evoking one artistic discipline while using an entirely different one is no easy task. Yet for as long as moving pictures have captivated audiences, they’ve also captivated a certain group of writers, who’ve viewed the existence of cinema as an implicit challenge. Namely, how does one capture the essence of a film using only words on a page?” – Tobias Carrol, Signature


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Fangoria Hires Women to Reinvent Frankenstein Myth

Not only is Fangoria back on the beat after a year-long hiatus, but the classic horror magazine is branching out into film production, and one of its first projects will be a female-fronted version of Frankenstein called “After Birth,” the directorial debut of Laura Moss (who also co-wrote the script). From the synopsis given by The Hollywood Reporter, this tale sounds like the true heir to Mary Shelley’s original tale – which, as Jill Lepore documented earlier this year, owes more to the author’s biographical experience than history has been willing to consider (in the years immediately before writing Frankenstein, she gave birth to a child who died, and then became pregnant again almost immediately after). It sounds like this will be a fascinating entry into the feminist Frankenstein mythos that for once doesn’t focus on “The Bride.” – Tom Blunt, Signature

An Activist’s Reading List from Virago Press

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Virago Press publishes a range of titles from historical fiction to nature writing, but it has always published a list of vital and vocal books about feminism and activism. While preparing to publish Can We All Be Feminists?  Seventeen Writers on Intersectionality, Identity and Finding the Right Way Forward for Feminism edited by June Eric-Udorie, a collection of essays about intersectional feminism, I rooted around in the Virago archives to find five essential texts that every feminist and activist should read. – Ailah Ahmed, Virago

10 Best Books on the Art of Storytelling

There’s something thrilling about the way certain writers can take readers behind the curtain of how stories are told. Some authors bring the same verve and deftness to their accounts of the process as they do with their acclaimed fiction and nonfiction; others turn the building blocks of stories into something unpredictable, leading readers to view the telling of stories in a whole new light. – TOBIAS CARROLL, Signature

Interview with Tana French

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Dublin crime novelist Tana French has the kind of critical reviews that other writers would…well, die for. Her debut murder mystery, In the Woods, won rave reviews and multiple literary prizes upon its release in 2007. Since then, her books have tended to haunt the bestseller lists, on both sides of the pond, and for months at a time. British newspaper The Independent has dubbed French “The First Lady of Irish Crime,” and The Washington Post says she is the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past ten years.  – Goodreads

7 Best Coffee Books for Coffee Lovers (Plus a Free Guide)

For some, coffee is a means of getting through the morning. For others, it is a way of life. Whatever it may be for you, more than 150 million Americans drink coffee each day and more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world each day.

What can we gather from this? People love their damn coffee and always will. With that being said, we’ve put together a list of the best coffee books out there, as well as a free coffee guide. Read on, coffee lovers, read on. – JESSICA MIZZI, Signature


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