Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jane Austen, Arsenic, Urinating on the Koran & other book news (March 22 2017)


199 years of ‘Frankenstein’
March 11 marks the 199th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.

Literature report shows British readers stuck in very white past
Royal Society of Literature survey finds people place high value on books’ ability to promote empathy, but their choices are far from diverse

Blank book about Democrats is No. 1 bestseller on Amazon
You can’t judge a book by its cover, especially the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon — 266 blank pages about why Democrats deserve votes.

The Ripper suspect you've never heard of: After crime writer Patricia Cornwell said 'case closed' local expert sheds fresh doubt on who really did bring terror to London's fog-bound streets
Patricia Cornwell said she had evidence to prove killer was artist Walter Sickert
Joseph Barnett was the former lover of the Ripper's last victim, Mary Jane Kelly
A Ripper historian and tour guide claims Barnett 'is the best argued case to date'

Fictions of fascism: what twentieth century dystopia can (and can't) teach us about Trump
Dystopian novels of the 1930s and 1940s feel topical once again – but how much do they tell us about Trump and today’s populist upheavals?

FASCIST UNIVERSITIES U.S.A.
It’s time to liberate the campus gulag.


Chronicling Ernest Hemingway's Relationship With The Soviets
ou'd think it might be hard to find new insights into one of the most famous lives in literature, but Nicholas Reynold's new book does just that - "Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures," which reveals a secret that a writer who stripped them from the lives of others concealed in his own - that he'd offered to be a spy for Soviet intelligence and tried to spy for the U.S., too, during World War II.

The Next Archie Comic Is Going to Turn Jughead Into a Bloodthirsty Werewolf
Jughead Jones is already well known for his love of eating, although his favorite food is normally hamburgers. A sideways step into the world of Afterlife with Archie-style horror means it’s not that hard to imagine the Riverdale teen becoming a werewolf hungry for something more sinister, is it?

Jughead: The Hunger is the Werewolf Comic We Didn’t Know We Needed

10 True Crime Books That Will Keep You Up All Night Long
There’s something uncomfortably borderline-voyeuristic about reading true crime books. Such books are not, after all, thrillers or mysteries wherein the suffering is fictional and the thief/kidnapper/abuser/killer gets smacked in the face by karma at the oh-so-satisfying conclusion.

Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter dead at 86
Val McDermid, Lee Child and other crime writers pay tribute to Dexter, who died at his Oxford home on Tuesday

Jane Austen death bicentenary: The author faked her own marriage twice
British author Jane Austen, known the world over for her insightful take on 19th century society, created fake marriage documents with two separate men, archives have revealed.

Jane Austen's poor sight 'caused by arsenic'
Author Jane Austen was virtually blind at the end of her life possibly as a result of arsenic poisoning, experts have revealed.

Was Jane Austen Poisoned by Arsenic? Science May Soon Find Out
Modern techniques could reveal whether the celebrated English novelist's surviving hair contains unusually high levels of arsenic


Xulon Press Announces New Book Asking the Question: Is Death the End of Your Existence?
This practical guide systematically unmasks the fear of death.

eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds
A new study has found that people who illegally download eBooks are older and wealthier than most people's perception of the average pirate. Commissioned by anti-piracy company Digimarc, the study suggests that people aged between 30 and 44 years old with a household income of between $60k and $99k are most likely to grab a book without paying for it.

Theft of a Food Blog: Copyright Infringement in the e-Book Marketplace
Vegan Diet: The Art of Living: Inspired By Eat to Live: 200+ Recipes Cookbook was by most standards considered a commercial success as an e-book, selling hundreds of copies to many eager and hungry vegans. The recipes were tested, well photographed, and practical for the everyday cook - vegan or not.
They were also stolen.

Legendary Newspaper Columnist Jimmy Breslin Dies At 88

40 years after his death, Elvis bio sings a sad song about fame
British rock journalist Ray Connolly’s retelling of the Elvis mythology is a largely sympathetic and exceptionally well-written account that covers mostly familiar territory (his humble birth in a two-room shack in Tupelo, Miss., his explosive rise to fame, his polyester jumpsuit-clad Vegas comeback) while casually dropping in nuggets about the webbed toes Elvis had on one foot or his decision to skip his father’s second wedding to go water-skiing.

Elizabeth Greenwood writes on faking one’s death
Faking one’s death, or pseudocide, is treated as a fantastical solution when one finds oneself in a tight bind; the ultimate act in escapism and confrontation avoidance.


A fresh translation unearths a troubled master’s take on mortality and jealousy
The 19th century French writer Guy De Maupassant was one of the masters of the golden age of the short story, but he also wrote half a dozen novels, the most famous of which is probably Bel Ami, about a man who heartlessly manipulates his way to the top of Parisian society.

Archie Comics teases a major death
Archie Comics has been no stranger to death in recent years. The title character Archie Andrews himself was killed off in 2014 ahead of the company’s major reboot. Since then, horror comics like Afterlife With Archie have pitted Archie and friends against a zombie invasion, while the CW’s Riverdale is haunted by a murder mystery.

Paul Watson’s book details lost Northwest Passage expedition — a mystery solved 150 years later
One of the world’s most famous expeditions sailed from England in May 1845. Led by Sir John Franklin, the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus and 133 men headed for Canada’s Arctic and the mythic Northwest Passage. They carried food for a five-year mission. By late July the boats had reached the west side of Greenland, where they encountered a whaling crew, and then continued west. No Englishman would ever see them alive again.

The Obamas' Book Deals Spark $65 Million Mystery
When word broke early last week that former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama had landed a joint deal at Penguin Random House worth a reported $65 million, many in the industry were stunned. The advance is, if not the largest on record for two standalone works, certainly the largest in recent memory.

USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

Beer at your bookstore or nail salon? Alcohol at unexpected businesses could draw customers — but also health concerns

MY FRIEND DAHMER: Sympathy for the Devil
MY FRIEND DAHMER is a memoir written and illustrated by Derf Backderf (known mononymously as Derf), which follows the creator's experience as a high school acquaintance of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. What began as a short story in a self-published comic anthology was eventually expanded into a full graphic novel with extensive annotations.

How Darwin’s Book On the Origin of Species Changed America
On New Year’s Day 1860, four of America’s preeminent intellectuals gathered for dinner and a discussion about a controversial new book: Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Their conversation, and others like it, would go on to have enormous implications for a nation on the verge of civil war.

Controversial social scientist Charles Murray to speak at Duke tonight (March 21)
Murray is the author of the 1994 book “The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life” in which he argues that discrepancies in intelligence between white and black Americans can be explained through environmental factors and genetics. Murray also argued that certain minority ethnic groups have lower average innate intelligence.


New novel by former Saskatchewan judge envisions Louis Riel in a different light
If the Riel resistance had happened in the United States, David Orr suspects there would have been several movies made about it by now.

Woman who urinated on Koran and set it on fire facing six years in prison
Her mother Olga told Slovak media that her daughter had been behaving badly since suffering a sexual assault as a teenager.

Denmark Prosecutes Koran-Burning After Giving Pass to Bible-Burning
The state prosecution service of Denmark is bringing blasphemy charges against a man who burned a copy of the Koran in his garden and then posted a video of the act on a Facebook page.
Religious liberty proponents were quick to point out an inconsistency in the Danish decision, since in a virtually identical case involving the public burning of a Christian Bible in 1997, prosecutors opted to let the case pass without bringing charges.

Student Satanists Announce Lamb Sacrifice, Bible Burning at Clemson U

MELVYN FEIN: Book burning: Liberal style

Who Are the Fascists at Middlebury College?

Old Man Arrested For Burning Kim Kardashian Books In Bizarre Protest

Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans? Heavens to Darcy!

The writer of the 'greatest horror story of our time' died and (almost) no one noticed

Publishers Weekly best-selling books

10 Songs That Were Influenced by H.P. Lovecraft
Perhaps one of the most enduring names in horror is H.P. Lovecraft, the Rhode Island author who created the Cthulhu Mythos, a shared universe of ancient deities, each more horrific than the last.

New York Times ignores Starnes' latest best-selling book 'Deplorables'
Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes is joining the long list of conservative authors who have been excluded from the New York Times Best Sellers list -- despite selling enough books to qualify for the No. 2 spot.

Liberals Try To Troll Conservative Book, And It MAJORLY Backfires

Craig Shirley’s New Book “Reagan Rising” Hits Bookstores Today!

In Boca, Roger Stone promotes his Trump book, denies Russia collusion


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