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Fri, 07 Jan 2011 15:21
From the publishers Canongate...
Canongate Books has acquired world rights (excluding North America) in Julian Assange's highly anticipated first book. The deal, brokered by Caroline Michel at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop, will see Canongate publish the book in the UK in April 2011.
"I hope this book will become one of the unifying documents of our generation"
Good luck to you fella!
Fri, 07 Jan 2011 10:50
What we can say, for sure, is that sustained exposure to the Internet is changing the way many readers process the written word.That's a quote from a recent New York Times article by Sam Anderson. We are reading more and more but the way we read, process and respond to information is changing. Some people think this is turning us into hairy trolls with the attention span of an impatient gnat but I agree with Anderson and think this is a wonderful opportunity for more knowledge, experience and contemplation.
How we share these experiences is growing exponentially. You may have noticed a Twitter Widget just to the right of this blog, a constant distraction/helpful tool to constantly monitor people's occasionally random, sometimes apposite thoughts. We have the comments on these blogs and you can leave your thoughts on any of the books we have on the site.
There is, however, a caveat. Among all this chatter, all this free thought there comes responsibility, the 'duty' to try to write well, to make yourself heard. As Anderson says,
To function as an evangelist, the critic needs, above all else, to write well. A badly written book review is worse than a badly written political speech or greeting card or poem; a badly written review is self-canceling, like a barber with a terrible haircut. The best way to establish critical authority is to demonstrate, in your own prose, a vitality at least equivalent to that of the book you're writing about. There are other ways to do it, but that's the most immediately convincing.
Of course, most of us are not gifted writers but we can at least stop for a second and think carefully about what we want to say. It is easy to say whether you 'like' something or not but much harder to engage and enrich the conversation between the book, you the reader and any potential readers to follow.
The critic's job is to help amplify that conversation. We make the whispered parts of it audible; we translate the coded parts into everyday language. But critics also participate actively in that conversation. We put authors who might never have spoken in touch with each other, thereby redefining both. We add our own idiosyncratic life experiences and opinions and modes of expression - and in doing so, fundamentally change the texts themselves.
So, tweet, comment and post away and remember, you may think those tweets, comments and posts are instantly disposable but they are constantly changing the conversation and in some dark recess of the internet they live on, possibly forever...
ps Get started with the Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory!
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 10:04
Ooh, look, a free eBook pdf download! Train your brain to operate a bit harder and faster for longer. Sharpen your grey matter here...
Also we've done a little search on the site for you as well so you can check out all the other 'for Dummies' guides to do just about anything. Have a look here.
Now, where did I put my keys...
ps The download is a very reasonable 797.56 KB (PDF)
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 09:19
We're very pleased to announce that we have managed to lay our hands on some fantastic signed and limited edition books.
During December we are going to be auctioning these on eBay to raise money for Down Syndrome Education International, which works around the world with children with Down syndrome to promote early reading and educational research.
What could be better than getting hold of a great and unique present and also raising money for a good cause at the same time!
Includes books signed by Ian Rankin, Barry Humphries, Dave Eggers, Sebastian Faulks, Dennis Lehane, Charles Elton, Neal Stephenson and many more, so head on over to the auction here and get bidding!
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 04:53
We have a whole bunch of craft kit goodies to give away, all sorts of things for the home to make on the long winter nights. Simply tell us the thing in the world you'd most like to be able to make and we'll pick a winner.
The prize is worth over 150 gbp and contains Hamble and Gemima Shoulder bag, Handbag and Shopper bag kits. Emma Doll sewing kit, Tilda Garden Rose Teal and Garden Angel kits, a fold up Floral Knitting and Sewing Bag with coordinated fold up craft mat and Sew Sunny Homestyle, a 'beautiful collection of over 50 delightful projects that blend timeless seaside charm with effortless country elegance.' Thanks to David and Charles for the great giveaway package.
You can enter on twitter using @bookdepository or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Competition closes January 7th, 2011. Terms and conditions can be found here.
Find more crafty books in our great bestselling craft offer here.
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