Talking About Books . . .

Trojan Horse

How many Greek legends were really true?  For instance, was there ever a Trojan horse?   And was Alexander the Great really that great?  Armand D’Angour gives us the answers here.

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15 unpublished Elmore Leonard stories will be published early next year.  All are early stories by the celebrated crime writer who died last year at the age of 87.

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Jane Eyre

Flavorwire recommends that you read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre before you read Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, and that you read Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland before you read James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.  These are two of their ten fascinating reading recommendations that will help you to better understand books that are based on earlier books.

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There is something about books that makes us forget the admonition that you should not “believe a thing you hear and only half of what you see.”  Too often we read a nonfiction book and assume that all of the information contained in it has been fact-checked.  And how many times have you read a reviewer’s comment that a book included extensive documentation?  Who checked the accuracy of the book’s assertions or, for that matter, the validity of its supposed documentation?  The answer is often “no one.”  “What many readers don’t realize,” says Kate Newman in an article for The Atlantic, “is that fact-checking has never been standard practice in the book-publishing world at all.”

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Those Who Leave

Outdoor temperatures may decrease a bit in September, but in the world of book publishing, September is when things really start to heat up.  Here are some of the books we have to look forward to in the near future, first from The New Yorker and then from Vulture.

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New York Time culture reporter Dave Itzkoff has been chosen by Henry Holt to write a biography of the late comedian Robin Williams.  Itzkoff interviewed Williams on a number of occasions.  The name and publication date of the book are not known.

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Each year for the next century one writer will contribute an unpublished work to the Future Library Project. Each work will be locked away – unpublished – for 100 years.  Margaret Atwood has been chosen to contribute the first work.  It will be published in 2114.

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Are you so addicted to reading that you can hardly stand to take a shower because you don’t want to put down the book you’re reading?  Check out the new Kobo Aura H2o waterproof e-reader.  And check out a video of the e-reader here.

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Just for the fun of it, here are 11 things you learn your first month as a bookseller.

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