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Turkish Garbage Collectors Open Library with Books Abandoned as Trash

Garbage collectors in Turkey have created a massive public library from books consigned to the trash heap. In a brick-walled factory at the Ankara sanitation department, more than 6,000 volumes now line bookcases, all of them available for free to members of the public. For months, trash collectors have been saving books left in garbage […]

Harry Potter books to get spiffy new editions for 20th anniversary

To celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be re-released in new editions this coming July, with seven brand-new covers designed and illustrated by the distinguished Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret). A collectible boxed set, also designed by Selznick, will later be made available in September. “I’m a big Harry Potter […]

45 Children’s Books You’ll Want To Give Again And Again

“The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. A really intricate story about travel, and family, and beauty, and awe, and carving your own path, and how even small things and people can make a big impact on the world and those they love, but it’s so accessible to even small kids, and so beautifully […]

Exactly what gets a book banned from prisons, in one US state’s spreadsheet

Last week, following a public outcry, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would suspend a pilot program that would have severely restricted books in state prisons and left 50,000 inmates in veritable information darkness. The program would have prohibited inmates from receiving any packages that weren’t bought through approved vendors, which critics pointed out […]

Governor Tosses Rule Radically Limiting Books in New York State Prisons

Matthew Keer’s Prisoner Reading, Singapore 1942 (image courtesy Wikipedia) Governor Andrew Cuomo has struck down a new set of rules severely restricting what types of books and other goods inmates in New York State prisons can receive. Though Cuomo said he was calling for the program to be rescinded, Thomas Mailey, a spokesperson for the state […]

14 books that will change your life in 2018

It’s exciting to think about all the potential for 2018, a new year that’s full of possibilities. But it can be daunting to figure out how to make those massive changes you’re craving in life. Fortunately, there’s one simple solution — and no, it’s not hiring an expensive life coach, therapist or career adviser. Reading […]

Around the World in Books – The New York Times

Some books haven’t worked as well for us. My niece started “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush,” by Eric Newby, and couldn’t get past the first section. I didn’t care for “Among Flowers,” by Jamaica Kincaid; it was too much about the author and not enough about Nepal. We shouldn’t have any trouble finding […]

Half Price Books new-and-used book store coming to Wichita this fall

The OfficeMax store at Eastgate Plaza is reconfiguring its 26,800 square feet in the development at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Rock Road. When it’s done, the chain will have about 17,000 square feet, which leaves about 10,000 square feet for a new Half Price Books in the center. “We are a new-and-used book […]

7 Nonfiction Books to Change Your Life in 2018

January is the month of resolutions, though we tend, as a culture, to focus more on the physical than the psychological. In 2018 more than ever, it’s important to remember that mental health, mindfulness, and intention should be tended to just as much as your winter skin, or your beach body. And we’re lucky to […]

10 of the Best Books of January 2018

Our picks for the best books of January range from a fascinating title that profiles child prodigies to the extraordinary conclusion to the Binti trilogy. So sit back, relax and kick off your new year with some captivating reads. 1. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin Release Date: January 9th from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Why You’ll […]