Sunday, 26 June 2016

New products, marketing to drive Barnes & Noble sales this year

2016-06-26 BARNES and Noble Inc said it expected sales at its retail stores open at least a year to stay flat or rise by up to one per cent this fiscal year as the US bookstore chain operator adds new products and increases marketing to woo customers. The...

Ladybird Book spoofs coming to US this fall

2016-06-26 THE Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups, spoofs of traditional illustrated guides for children that have sold millions of copies in the United Kingdom, will be tweaked for American readers and arrive in the US this fall. Touchstone told The Associated...

Stephen King’s ‘End of Watch’ tops US fiction bestseller list

2016-06-26 THE final installment of Stephen King’s “Bill Hodges” trilogy of thriller novels - “End of Watch” - topped the US fiction bestseller chart for a second consecutive week. Data released on Thursday from independent, online and chain bookstores, book...

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Oprah Winfrey cookbook scheduled for early 2017

2016-06-19 TO LAUNCH her own book imprint, Oprah Winfrey (pic) is releasing her first cookbook. Winfrey’s “Food, Health and Happiness: ‘On Point’ Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life” is scheduled to come out Jan 3 of next year, Flatiron Books told AP...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

2016-06-19 THE following are Audible.com best-sellers for the week ending June 12: Fiction 1. End of Watch: A Novel by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio) 2. American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman,...

After Alice is one reimagining too far

2016-06-19 IMAGINE an alternate version of The Lord of The Rings that tells us what Farmer Maggot, the Old Gaffer and all the assorted hobbits of the Shire were doing while Frodo and Sam were off on their epic jewellery-destroying quest…. Would anyone really...

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Irish writer wins prestigious women’s fiction prize

2016-06-12 IRISH writer Lisa McInerney was awarded the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in London on Wednesday for her debut novel “The Glorious Heresies”. Margaret Mountford, the chair of the judges, said it was a “superbly original,...

Saturday, 11 June 2016

This book has photos of some cool airport towers

2016-06-11 THEY say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes, the beholder opens our eyes to beauty, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. So it was with Carolyn Russo, a photographer and curator with the renowned Smithsonian National...

Sunday, 5 June 2016

BooksActually launches book vending machines in Singapore

2016-06-05 GOOD news for avid readers: Independent bookstore, BooksActually, has recently launched Singapore’s first book vending machines.On Friday, two book vending machines located at the National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Visitor Centre at Orchard...

A good introduction to starting a business

2016-06-05 CARRIE Wilkerson loved being a teacher. But after having children, she took a huge leap of faith and decided to start her own business because she wanted to always be there for them, something that would have been difficult had she stayed at her...

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Winnie-the-Pooh meets the queen in birthday story

2016-05-29 WINNIE-THE-POOH meets Queen Elizabeth II and a little boy who looks just like her great-grandson Prince George in a new story published last Thursday to mark both their 90th birthdays. A A Milne’s honey-loving bear, who first appeared in a story...

A haunting collection of 11 dark tales

2016-05-29 ‘REVENGE” – written by Yoko Ogawa and translated by Stephen Snyder – is a collection of 11 short stories that could be best described with two main words: peculiar and haunting. I’ve never read anything by or even heard of this author before...

Thriller ‘15th Affair’ reigns atop US fiction bestseller list

2016-05-29 THE latest thriller from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s Women’s Murder Club series of novels, “15th Affair”, topped the US fiction bestseller chart for the second week in a row. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores,...

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Thriller ‘15th Affair’ topsUS fiction bestseller list

2016-05-22 THE latest thriller from James Patterson “15th Affair” and Maxine Paetro’s Women’s Murder Club series of novels, debuted at the top of the US fiction bestseller chart on Thursday. Hardcover Fiction1. “15th Affair” by Patterson/Paetro (Little,...

NATO ex-deputy commander’s book imagines war with Russia

2016-05-22 THE West could find itself at war with Russia by next year unless NATO beefs up its military deterrent, the alliance’s former deputy supreme allied commander for Europe warned in a new book unveiled on Wednesday. “2017 War With Russia” by Richard...

‘Downton’ author brings favourite novelists to TV

2016-05-22 RESPECT is due Julian Fellowes, who as a prolific writer has conquered TV with Emmy-winning “Downton Abbey”, film with “Gosford Park”, which earned him an Oscar, and theater with “School of Rock – The Musical”, a Tony Award nominee. So which author...

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Author posts excerpt from new ‘Game of Thrones’ book

2016-05-15 AUTHOR George RR Martin has released a chapter from a yet-unpublished book in the Game of Thrones series – the basis of the hit HBO TV show – but says he’s not done writing. Since 2012, the 67-year-old writer has published several excerpts from...

Ex-Clinton aide now Lincoln biographer

2016-05-15 BEFORE Sidney Blumenthal was a White House aide and confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, before he was a journalist for The New Yorker and The Washington Post and author of the influential political book The Permanent Campaign, he was a boy in...

Guardian of China’s ‘lonely library’

2016-05-15 MANY elderly Chinese enjoy their retirement looking after grandchildren, or joining square dancing groups. Meng Xiangqian, 63, however, reignited his career by applying for a post at China’s “lonely library”. The library, built just a year ago by...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

‘The Last Good Girl’: Too frighteningly real

2016-05-08 FORMER federal sex-crimes prosecutor Allison Leotta continues her series featuring her fictional counterpart Anna Curtis in a too frighteningly real scenario in “The Last Good Girl”. College student Emily Shapiro has gone missing. She was last...