Books,books,and books.

Here are some little pieces of book-related articles that I found here and there over the net.

1.Death of Doris Lessing.
On November 17, Doris Lessing died. Her death has topped newspaper website around the world, and her legacy is still being discussed at length everywhere. For those who don’t know, Lessing is the oldest person ever to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature. However,it was not so much her winning the Nobel Prize as her response to it that defined her; her Nobel lecture,which she entitled ‘On Not Winning The Nobel Prize’, focused on the global culture of inequality.The lecture was later published into limited editions to help raise funds for children threatened by HIV/AIDS.

2.Good news from Canada!
There has been a sudden rise in the number of people concerned with the fate of the printed world lately. But canada.com believes that there is no cause for alarm, as ‘Canadian kids born in the 21st century prefer reading books in copy.’  Out of the 800 Canadian parents surveyed, 41% were reading eBooks,while 27% of 200 Canadian teens were eBook readers.But the really good news is that only 1% of the parents said that their little kids preferred eBooks over printed copies.

3.Eleanor Catton opens up and does it again!
Here is a hugely insightful article about the books and authors that influenced Eleanor Catton,winner of the 2013 edition of the Booker Prize, as a writer. I like the fact that such a great writer as her believes strongly in imitation as a way to learn and to improve.The 28-year-old has also claimed Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award this month.

4.The World’s Most Expensive Book.
Surely if you spend much time on the net,you couldn’t have missed the numerous articles about what will soon be the world’s most expensive book. While all those articles tell you much about the book’s origins and vaguely about its symbolisms,none explains why this book is worth each of the 18 millions of pounds sterling needed to own it.Here’s one that finally explains everything we need to know about this book.

5.The Cleveland memoir.
Michelle Knight,one of the three women who were held captive in a Cleveland house,will release a book narrating what exactly happened during the 11 years of her imprisonment. The book is due for Spring 2014,and the other two victims, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are also planning their own books.

6.Fifty Shades of Grey goes viral…
Researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium carried out chemical tests on the 10 most borrowed books at the library. All ten books were tested positive for traces of cocaine. According to 2 Belgian professors, library copies of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and those of another novel called ‘Tango’ were also positive to herpes.

I’ve also found all kinds of lists,but will post them in different posts,lest this one becomes too tedious to read. 🙂

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