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June 06, 2015

Teens in Argentina are leading the charge to eliminate gender in language

Teenagers in Argentina are rewriting the rules of the Spanish language to eliminate gender. In classrooms and daily conversations, young people are changing the way they speak and write — replacing the masculine "o" or the feminine "a" with the gender-neutral "e" in...

Why I started a book club in the Harris County jail

A fascinating article by a lawyer who runs a book club in a high security women's jail. Very much worth reading in full; here is the closing paragraph: "The book clubs Drew and I started demonstrate that people in every pod in the jail have the capacity for education and enrichment, and...

Milan Kundera's Czech citizenship restored after 40 years

After more than 40 years in exile, Milan Kundera, the Czech-born author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, has been given back the citizenship of his homeland. Petr Drulák, the Czech Republic's ambassador to France, told public television he visited the 90-year-old author in his Paris...

Mississippi is leading the way on education

Standardized tests given every two years to measure fourth- and eighth-grade achievement show Mississippi made more progress than any other state. There's no way to know for sure what causes increases in test scores, but Mississippi has been doing something notable--since 2013, it has been...

Robert K. Massie, narrator of russian History, dies aged 90

Robert K. Massie, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who wrote gripping, tautly narrated and immensely popular books on giants of Russian history, died on Monday at his home in Irvington, N.Y. He was 90.

Obituary: Andrew Clements

Prolific children's author Andrew Clements, best known for his popular middle grade novel Frindle, about a fifth-grader's plan to invent a new word, died on November 28 in West Baldwin, Me., following an illness. He was 70.

The Dirt Hole cleans up to claim the 2019 Diagram Prize

A re-released classic hunting and trapping guide has snared the 41st edition of The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. Charles L Dobbins's self-published The Dirt Hole and its Variations swept away the competition, claiming 40% of the public vote. Dr Catherine Donnelly's...

#CiderMonday: 'The Internet Can't Do That'

Yesterday marked the seventh annual celebration of Cider Monday, the bricks-and-mortar response to Cyber Monday. It was originally launched by Willard Williams, owner of the Toadstool Bookshops in Keene, Peterborough and Nashua.

Two Nobel literature prize committee members resign

Two members of the external Nobel literature prize committee have quit – one over the choice of Peter Handke as this year's winner and the other over the slow pace of reforms since the sexual assault scandal. Gun-Britt Sundström, 74, and Kristoffer Leandoer, 57, both resigned from the...

Jonathan Miller, writer and director, dies aged 85

Sir Jonathan Miller, the writer, theatre and opera director, and member of the Beyond the Fringe comedy team, has died at the age of 85. In a statement his family said Miller died "peacefully at home following a long battle with Alzheimer's". Although he hated the term...

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