Unit Sales of Print Books Fell 6.9% in Early May

Unit Sales of Print Books Fell 6.9% in Early May

Since the end of the Easter shopping season, unit sales of print books have followed a fairly regular weekly path, dropping by roughly 6% compared to a year ago. That was the result again in the week ended May 14, 2022, when sales fell 6.9% from the comparable week in 2021, at outlets that report … Read more

‘Either/Or’ Review: Finding Herself in Books, and Life

‘Either/Or’ Review: Finding Herself in Books, and Life

Since childhood, Elif Batuman has been on a quest to find in literature “direct relevance to lived experience, especially to love.” Following her doctoral dissertation at Stanford, which explored how Russian writers transform experience into art, her first book was “The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them,” a quirky, laugh-out-loud … Read more

Children’s Books: ‘A Little History of Art’ by Charlotte Mullins

Children’s Books: ‘A Little History of Art’ by Charlotte Mullins

Like Edith Piaf, I could say that I regret rien de rien were it not for the art history that I foolishly skipped in college on the grounds that 8 a.m. was too early. Thus slipped by my chance to start adult life with the sort of aesthetic and cultural knowledge that Charlotte Mullins lays … Read more

The Books Briefing: Elena Ferrante, Anton Chekhov

The Books Briefing: Elena Ferrante, Anton Chekhov

The short story “Go, Team,” by Samantha Hunt, traces a series of conversations within a group of mothers after a woman disappears into the woods during a children’s soccer game. They aren’t sure if the vanished woman is a mom, though they wonder if she might be. But even when it’s only suspected, motherhood is … Read more

ABC7’s Samantha Chatman holding book reading, signing; Portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish

ABC7’s Samantha Chatman holding book reading, signing; Portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish

CHICAGO (WLS) — ABC7’s Samantha Chatman will be in Hyde Park Saturday for a book reading and signing for “Mia Gets Sick But Doesn’t Quit.” It will be happening at the Silver Room from noon to 2 p.m. so please bring the kids. In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chatman wanted to connect with … Read more

‘The Amazing Maurice’ Book Adaptation Heads Abroad

‘The Amazing Maurice’ Book Adaptation Heads Abroad

The Amazing Maurice, the CG animated film adaptation of beloved Sir Terry Pratchett’s novel “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents,” a children’s fantasy that has sold nearly 90 million books worldwide, is leaving a generation of fans anxiously awaiting its release. The 28th novel in Pratchett’s “Discworld” series, comprised of 41 novels, is a … Read more

How Winkie the pigeon rescued an RAF crew: New book reveals the important role birds played in WWII

How Winkie the pigeon rescued an RAF crew: New book reveals the important role birds played in WWII

HISTORY THE ROLE OF BIRDS IN WORLD WAR TWO  by Nicholas Milton (PEN & SWORD £25, 252pp)  In December 1943, at the height of World War II, a medal was awarded ‘for delivering a message under exceptional difficulties and so contributing to the rescue of an air crew’.  Its recipient was a female, nicknamed Winkie because … Read more