Canadian literary prize suspended after finalists object to Amazon sponsorship

A much-loved Québécois literary prize has been suspended after the five finalists for this year’s award publicly protested at its sponsorship by Amazon. The CA$5,000 (£3,000) Prix littéraire des collégiens, running since 2003, is intended to promote Québécois literature and is decided by a jury of hundreds of students who select their winner from a … Continue reading Canadian literary prize suspended after finalists object to Amazon sponsorship

Halifax Central Library’s New Kitchen Space Will Let More Cooks Hit the Books

“I think food is a really great way to bring people together, and what we’ve found in the testing that we’ve done of food programs is that people come together. They talk more around food, they share their own recipes." It also offers an point of entry for newcomers. “Maybe you don’t share the same … Continue reading Halifax Central Library’s New Kitchen Space Will Let More Cooks Hit the Books

This Library Has New Books by Major Authors, but They Can’t Be Read Until 2114

"In a small clearing in the forests of Nordmarka, one hour outside the city limits of Oslo, a thousand spruce trees are growing. They will grow for the next 96 years, until 2114, when they will be felled, pulped, pressed and dyed to serve as the paper supply for the Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s Future … Continue reading This Library Has New Books by Major Authors, but They Can’t Be Read Until 2114

An Information Scientist Talks Media Literacy, Political Memes, and the Value of Librarians for College Students

Alison Head, a co-author of a new report on the media habits of almost 6,000 college students, explains why news consumption has become an arduous task for younger generations. See the full article in Pacific Standard here: An Information Scientist Talks Media Literacy, Political Memes, and the Value of Librarians

The Discovery of Bram Stoker’s Reference Materials for Dracula at the London Library

"The London Library today unveiled a fascinating discovery that sheds new light on how Dracula was researched and written. We've found 26 books that are almost certainly the original copies that Bram Stoker used to help research his enduring classic. Philip Spedding, the Library’s Development Director who made the discovery, commented: “Bram Stoker was a member … Continue reading The Discovery of Bram Stoker’s Reference Materials for Dracula at the London Library