Recently, I've found myself slogging through a whole host of books that really didn't click with me. From stylistic woes, to too-dense prose, from boring plots, to maybe just a personal thing, I've spent the last month reading books I didn't like. I picked up each title expecting to love it, yet every page started to feel like a chore. As a result, I read less often, prolonging my agony. Then one day I was lamenting about my latest read to a friend and she asked the great question I'd failed to ask myself: "Why are you still reading that book if you hate it?"
If you follow trends in publishing, you'll know that the industry has recently woken up to the fact that minorities of all sorts are under-represented in books. We at Book Culture feel that this awakening is long overdue, and we hope that by promoting diverse books, we will encourage the industry to produce more of them. Below are a few of the picture books you can find on our shelves that feature characters who are minorities.
Rachel Cantor is joining us to talk about her new book, Good on Paper, on Thursday, January 28. After reading some amazing reivews, we're getting a bit impatient for the book's release, so we convinved Cantor to answer some of our more pressing questions ahead of time. Check out her answers below and be sure to come hear her speak at our Columbus location in a couple weeks!
Ed Boland will be here on Wednesday, February 17 at 7pm for a discussion on his new book, The Battle for Room 314. In eager anticipation of the event, we asked Boland to answer a few of our questions ahead of time. Check out our Q&A and join us in February to hear more about Boland's work!
Small Business Saturday was on November 28. To help us celebrate, some local authors came in to work as guest booksellers. Lee Child, Time O'Mara, Andrea Chapin, and Joshua Ferris all had a chance to write their own "staff recommendations." See them below, and thanks to all who shopped small this weekend (and always)!
Every introduction to Western philosophy mentions Descartes. And at the root of every mention of Descartes is that brazen, audacious statement in translation: "I think, therefore I am."
It's pretty safe to assume that most children learn to move before they learn to read. So, when picture books are introduced to their constantly expanding worlds, a subject material they have been experimenting with for their whole lives can create a reading experience that is both stimulating and enjoyable. Enter picture books about dance--they are interactive, multi-dimensional ways to engage with the world and with books simultaneously.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's iconic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In celebration of the anniversary, Mark Burstein updated and expanded Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice into the new 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, out on October 5th. Check out our Q&A with Burstein below! Can't get enough Alice? Alice150 is sponsoring several upcoming events, including "Alice's Adventures at Columbia" at Butler Library on Tuesday, October 6th. .
We're very excited to say that Laura Hankin will be coming in to sign some copies of her new book, The Summertime Girls! The book will be release on August 4th, but while you wait, check out our Q&A with Laura below.
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