Review: The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Jonathan Dee’s latest novel follows Cynthia and Adam Morey, a loving couple leading a charmed life ensconced within “a zone of privilege.” Surrounded by friends and family, Adam and Cynthia get married young and quickly produce two beautiful children. Adam’s career in a private equity firm in Manhattan is progressing well while Cynthia stays home with the children. …

Sorry Hilary, I’m voting for The Little Stranger

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox If you missed it, The Independent just announced the Orange Prize shortlist.  Among the books where Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning WOLF HALL and one of my favorite books from 2009, Sarah Waters’ brilliant THE LITTLE STRANGER.  Read the article above for more information.  The winner will be announced on June 9th.

Is Thalia Thinking About Publishing E-books?

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary From Barnes & Noble to the German grocery chain Rewe, it is not uncommon these days to hear about retailers (book and otherwise) trying their hand at publishing books. In an interview with WirtschaftsWoche, Michael Busch, who heads up the largest German book chain Thalia, was asked if the chain has plans to publish its own line of …

Are You Flying British Airways to Bologna? Not Anymore!

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson As reported in the Bookseller today, British Airways cabin crews have announced strikes that will affect travel both before and after the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year, which will be held March 23-26. The strikes are scheduled to take place on March 20-22 and March 27-30. British Airways says that not all of its flights during …

Bye Bye Twitter, Hello Bubbly

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Just when you think you’ve mastered Twitter, there’s a new social media network that’s gaining ground, Bubbly. Started by the Silicon Valley and Singapore-based company, Bubble Motion — a global provider of mobile messaging and social media applications, Bubbly is said to act like Twitter, where you can follow your favorite voices using your cellphone. For book …

Who Writes History? Tone of Textbooks Changed in Texas

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox I believe it was Winston Churchill who said, “History is written by the victors.”  And, that phrase could not be truer when examining today’s decision by the Texas Board of Education to change social studies curriculum standards.  The vote came down 11-4 in favor of changing the guidelines for history, economic, and government textbooks to reflect a conservative …

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Regional Winners

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The regional winners for this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize have been announced and are: Africa Adaobi Tricia Nwaubeni from Nigeria won Best First Book for I Do Not Come to You by Chance and Marie Heese from South Africa won Best Book for The Double Crown. Caribbean and Canada Shandi Mitchell from Canada won Best First Book …

Biggest E-Book Deal in Germany, Ever

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka According to an announcement from Springer: “The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) have signed an extensive and ground-breaking agreement for access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink. The agreement represents the largest eBook deal ever to have been signed in Germany, and is, in fact, a …

Review: The Possessed by Elif Batuman

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Russian literary scholars aren’t known for their sense of humor, unless they’re Elif Batuman. Her new book, The Possessed, a collection of essays that can best be described as a series of academic misadventure stories, is possibly the best thing to come out of a graduate program in recent years. Describing a conference about the writer Isaac …