Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes and reincarnations of him just keep coming and coming and coming. If you’re a Holmes fan you’ll enjoy this BBC article about the greatest detective who never lived.

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How many named characters are there in To Kill a Mockingbird? Game of Thrones? Bleak House? And what well-known book has the most named characters of all? You’ll find the answers to those questions and more here.

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 You’ll now have to purchase more to get free shipping from Amazon if you are not an Amazon Prime member. Amazon explains it all here. A c|net article gives you some background information on what’s going on at Amazon and why the change has taken place.

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The New Yorker

If you happen to be one of those people who subscribes to Amazon Prime, and if you like The New Yorker magazine, you should check out “The New Yorker Presents” which is in the Amazon Prime videos section of the Amazon website. Like “The New Yorker Radio Hour” podcasts on WNYC, the videos are composed of unrelated segments that are normally quite interesting – just the sort of variety you get in the magazine itself. An article in The Guardian describes the videos this way:

 Much like Saturday Night Live sketches, the sections are rather hit and miss. Unlike that late-night staple, there are far more hits than misses. This is not a way to get informed about the current events of the day, but to have one’s curiosity satisfied about far-flung experiences and one’s intellect stoked by stories that aren’t plastered all over the front page. Yes, it’s exactly like reading the New Yorker.

 You can also see short New Yorker videos on The New Yorker’s YouTube channel.

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 Filmmakers are once again turning to books for movie subject matter. Authors whose books are being adapted for the big screen this year include J.K. Rowling, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Nicholas Sparks, Veronica Roth, and Rudyard Kipling. Some of the 2016 books-into-movies are described on the Barnes & Noble website.

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 Two noted authors have died recently:

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee is eulogized in a Time magazine article that includes their original 1960 review of To Kill a Mockingbird and their review of her recently published novel Go Set a Watchman. There are currently a number of articles about Lee on the “Books” homepage of Time. Lee was 89.

The Name of the Rose Italian author Umberto Eco recently died at the age of 84. He wrote seven novels the best known of which is The Name of the Rose, but Eco was also a philosopher and semiotician. A New York Times article reviews his life and accomplishments.

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 The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, March 6, 2016 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET. The featured guest will be New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer. Her books include Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right and The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.


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