Friday Debate: Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico

Friday Deabte

Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:  Continue reading “Friday Debate: Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico”

Top Authors Call For Man Booker Prize to Drop American Writers

A majority of prominent authors of the Folio Academy have called on the Man Booker Prize return back to their original rule: choosing writers that are from the UK, Ireland, or Commonwealth countries. Continue reading “Top Authors Call For Man Booker Prize to Drop American Writers”

2018 Dylan Thomas Prize Dominated By Women

Female writers dominate the newly announced shortlist of the 2018 Swansea International Dylan Thomas Prize. 

From a longlist of 12 authors and poets, the six books were the lucky few to make it to the next round. Out of those six, four are both women and debut authors. Swansea University highly praised the list for its reflection of the “political zeitgeist of today” and portraying realistic themes in their works: Continue reading “2018 Dylan Thomas Prize Dominated By Women”

Man Booker International Prize Longlist

Previous winners Han and László Krasznahorkai nominated for £50,000 award for translated fiction, on a longlist that spans Iraq to TaiwanFormer winners of the Man Booker International prize Han Kang and László Krasznahorkai will go head to head on this year’s longlist, competing with the cream of authors from around the world for the £50,000…

via Man Booker International prize longlist: Han Kang up for top gong again — Books | The Guardian

Harry Potter Book Night Finally Coming to the US

Were you always jealous of the great Harry Potter events that occurred across the pond? Now here is your chance to take part in the festivities! This February, Books-A-Million will be hosting the first ever Harry Potter Book Night in the US. The event, which will occur throughout all of Books-A-Million store locations, takes place on February 3, from 2-6pm.  Continue reading “Harry Potter Book Night Finally Coming to the US”

The Met to Start Charging $25 Mandatory Fee

Art is meant for all. Apparently, the Met Museum did not get the memo.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, will be partially breaking with its “pay-what-you-wish” policy. For the first time in half a century, the Museum will charge visitors a mandatory $25 admission fee. If you are a New York State Resident, you will not be required to pay the fee. The new policy will go into effect on March 1.

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Library Zine! Releases First Issue

person-2049788_1920The New York Public Library releases the first issue of its literary magazine, Library Zine: Voices from Across the New York Public Library. This great magazine features writing and art works from patrons and staff across the library.

Check out the whole issue here!

Libba Bray Responds to Female Lord of the Flies

Last week , Warner Bros. announced another film version of the classic novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. But instead of an all-boys who survive a plane crash, the cast will be all-female. That is not even the worst part. The two people who are to helm a production dealing with the psychological complex relationship of girls by two men.

Is Hollywood that dumb or are they that desperate they want to let me know they are really out of ideas and they just grasping at straws? Continue reading “Libba Bray Responds to Female Lord of the Flies”

Jane Austen’s Great House Appeal to Stay Open

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Chawton House Library, the “Great House” as it was called when inherited by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward, is looking to raise around £150,000 over the next 18 months, due to a major investor withdrawing their support. The library is not too far from the Jane Austen House Museum, which was the bailiff’s  residence of the house and Austen’s, along with her mother and her sister, Cassandra, home for the last years of her life. Continue reading “Jane Austen’s Great House Appeal to Stay Open”

Jane Austen Banknote Revealed

It is finally here!

The new £10 featuring Jane Austen has finally been released by the Bank of England, on the 200th anniversary of her death. Austen becomes the first female writer (following Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare) to be ever featured on a banknote.

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