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  • Why Poetryby Matthew Zapruder

    HarperCollins 2017; US$ 17.99

    An impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry’s accessibility to all readers, by critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder takes on what it is that poetry—and poetry alone—can do. Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very... more...

  • I'd Rather Be Readingby Guinevere De La Mare; Ann Patchett; Maura Kelly; Gretchen Rubin

    Chronicle Books LLC 2017; US$ 9.99

    For anyone who'd rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this ebook is the ultimate must-have. In this visual ode to all things bookish, readers will get lost in page after page of beautiful contemporary art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books. Artwork from the likes of Jane Mount, Lisa Congdon, Julia Rothman,... more...

  • The World Broke in Twoby Bill Goldstein

    Henry Holt and Co. 2017; US$ 21.00

    A revelatory narrative of the intersecting lives and works of revered authors Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and... more...

  • The Art of Readingby Damon Young

    Scribe Publications Pty Ltd 2017; US$ 10.99

    A beautiful celebratory tribute to the powers of one of our most undervalued skills — an ideal gift for the avid reader. ‘What you are doing right now is, cosmically speaking, against the odds.’ As young children, we are taught to read, but soon go on to forget just how miraculous a process it is, this turning of scratches and dots into understanding,... more...

  • Approaches to the History of Written Cultureby Martyn Lyons; Rita Marquilhas

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 94.13

    This book investigates the history of writing as a cultural practice in a variety of contexts and periods. It analyses the rituals and practices determining intimate or ‘ordinary’ writing as well as bureaucratic and religious writing. From the inscribed images of ‘pre-literate’ societies, to the democratization of writing in the modern era, access... more...

  • The New Russian Bookby Birgitte Beck Pristed

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 102.36

    This book takes up the obtrusive problem of visual representation of fiction in contemporary Russian book design. By analyzing a broad variety of book covers, the study offers an absolutely unique material that illustrates a radically changing notion of literature in the transformation of Soviet print culture to a post-Soviet book market. It delivers... more...

  • The Global Histories of Booksby Elleke Boehmer; Rouven Kunstmann; Priyasha Mukhopadhyay; Asha Rogers

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 102.36

    This book is an edited volume of essays that showcases how books played a crucial role in making and materialising histories of travel, scientific exchanges, translation, and global markets from the late-eighteenth century to the present. While existing book historical practice is overly dependent on models of the local and the national, we suggest... more...

  • Travels with my Sketchbookby Chris Riddell

    Pan Macmillan 2017; US$ 19.30

    After two years travelling the length and breadth of the country, visiting schools, libraries and festivals, and meeting thousands of children, Travels with My Sketchbook provides a glimpse of the incredible journey Chris has been on during his time as Children's Laureate. Full of sketches, doodles and pages from The Laureate Log - his daily record... more...

  • Someone Like Meby Patricia MacLachlan; Chris Sheban

    Roaring Brook Press 2017; US$ 11.89

    If you were a little girl who listened to stories over and over and over; and who read books every night, every day, even as her mother led her across the street, You might be me, a writer. Follow a little girl in acclaimed writer Patricia MacLachlan's semi-autobiographical picture book, Someone Like Me . Filled with gorgeous and thoughtful illustrations... more...

  • Whitman's Driftby Matt Cohen

    University of Iowa Press 2017; US$ 65.00

    The American nineteenth century witnessed a media explosion unprecedented in human history. New communications technologies seemed to be everywhere, offering opportunities and threats that seem powerfully familiar to us as we experience today’s digital revolution. Walt Whitman’s poetry reveled in the potentials of his time: “See, the many-cylinder’d... more...