There are so many links I come across and there is never enough time to write longer posts about all of them.
Here is a summer round-up of stories about books, bookstores, libraries and reality television:
- Some Surprising Good News: Bookstores Are Booming and Becoming More Diverse (New York Times) – I am always a fan of more bookstores in the world. I am also continually amazed how much NYT will give coverage to the world of bookstores.
- Japanese bookstore dares to be different with common-sense fix to weird industry hassle (SoraNews24) – This is just an interesting article as to how books are shelved in Japanese bookstores and a bookstore that is trying to mix it up.
- Bestselling Self-Help Books and The Missing Women Phenomenon (Book Riot) – I think there is an interesting take here on the personal development genre and how the category misses a whole segment of people.
- The Norwegian library with unreadable books (BBC) – A library in Norway is acquiring books that won’t be published for 100 years, using trees that have been planted on the site. Cool and crazy. The article profile the artist behind it and her time bending projects are pretty amazing.
- Where the Crawdads Sing Author Wanted for Questioning in Murder (The Atlantic) – Editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg writes again about his reporting from a decade ago around Delia Owens and her then husband Mark and their time in Zambia as ‘conservationists’. It’s the kind of stuff that you don’t think can be a true story, but somehow is.
- The best books to read to understand financial crime (The Economist) – Books on tax havens, money laundering, opaque trusts, and stealing government funds.
- 5 AppleTV+ Series You Might Not Know Are Based on Critically Acclaimed Books (The Mary Sue) – Also Blackbird, Shining Girls, Slow Horses, Greyhound, and Cherry.
- 14 Ways To Get Out of A Reading Slump (Washington Post)- Just a fun listicle on how to mix up your reading.
- Publishing Gets the Reality Show Treatment with ‘America’s Next Great Author’ (Publishers Weekly) – They are shooting a pilot for a reality show that involves authors working to get their books made and published.