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“Denying prisoners access to literature is inhuman (…) To read is to live and vice versa.”

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“Last week the Argentine literary world was shaken by the news that Katchadjian has now been formally charged with the un-literary sounding crime of ‘intellectual property fraud’. If found guilty he risks spending up to six years in prison.”

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In the Recommended section in-store this week are books on reading and writing, which is a surprisingly juicy genre – especially for those of us who love reading and/or writing. Grammar and punctuation, particularly, inspire many pages of entertaining and enlightening debate, and so in the spirit of all things literary criticism-y, here is a fascinating and educational article on the history of sarcasm on the internet. “Sarcasm. It’s an Essential Part of a Healthy Breakfast™, but it’s also “dangerous”, especially in writing. What if ~no one~ gets that u are being sarcastic. this is literally the most srs bsns question ever.”

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Very excited to see this anthology! The Kickstarter campaign is still open, for anyone who wants to contribute.

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“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” – wrote Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird, and today the Supreme Court in the US agreed, legalising gay marriage nation wide. Excellent news on a wonderful, sunny day. Happy Friday, everyone!

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Packed house for Charlotte Mendel! What an energetic, expressive, theatrical reader! We are having a wonderful time listening to this talented performance. There’s still time to join in!

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Tonight at 5pm, join author Charlotte Mendel as we celebrate her new book, “A Hero”. Set in the turbulent background of the Arab Spring, this important book questions the meaning of heroism through the perspectives of different members of a family.

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Happy Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day! LitHub says that “writing from Quebec comprises some of the most exciting, innovative, and challenging work being produced anywhere in Canada.” Je suis tout à fait d’accord!

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Many literary pundits feel that the Internet has had an overall negative impact on long-form reading, but some authors have flipped the conversation by making digital technology the subject, medium, or even a character in their novels. Just another example of how literature allows us to emotionally and intellectually perceive important moments of social change.

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“Writers have always had to follow the whims of the market. Amazon’s move is exciting in many ways… But it will also push aside some writing styles that don’t fit into this modern, ultra-metered system. It’s easy for writers to feel powerless as the one dominant company shifts gears on short notice—and, ultimately, it seems like they are.”

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Happy Father’s Day! Yes, we’re open – come grab a last minute present for the father figure in your life.

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Not long now until Harper Lee’s follow up to the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird is released, and with Father’s Day tomorrow we were reminded of what a wonderful father Atticus Finch is. Here’s a reminder for you, too!

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Your daily reminder that bookstores occupy vital roles in their communities: Istanbul’s newly opened Pages serves as a cultural oasis, meeting ground, and educational center.

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Starting imminently, an evening with Sarah Mian! We have snacks and cool beverages!

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Tonight @ 7pm, introducing the inimitable SARAH MIAN! This debut author is poised to make a big splash in CanLit, and aren’t we lucky that she’s a proud Nova Scotian?? Come to the shop to support Sarah reading from WHEN THE SAINTS, and grab a signed copy of your own.

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In ten minutes Dean Jobb will begin telling the fantastic tale of swindler Leo Koretz in his latest book, “Empire of Deception”. Come on down! If you can’t make it to the event but want a copy signed to someone special (your dad will LOVE this book, by the way) please message us with your details! (The phone will be disconnected until the event finished, at 8pm tonight.) You can come pick it up whenever is most convenient for you. Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for supporting this great event.

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Tonight at 7pm, join author Dean Jobb to hear all about his new book “Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation”. If that title doesn’t grab your imagination, better check your pulse! This thrilling book is going to make a great Father’s Day gift. Especially if it’s signed! See you soon.

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Couldn’t resist sharing! Kudos to the dedicated staff over at The Book Man for their creativity and spirit.

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As an antidote to Tim Hunt’s unfortunately casual sexist remarks about women in science this week, we suggest a close reading of graphic novelist Sydney Padua’s brilliant new work “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage”: So it was that in 1843, Ada Lovelace wrote the first paper on computer science, including the earliest complete computer program… “The engine could analyze all subjects in the universe! A new, vast and powerful language is developed for the future use of analysis, in which to wield its truths! Almost a… poetical science.” Message us to reserve your copy of this amazing book.

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