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Understanding Others: The Benefits of Romance Novels

Just as some readers turn up their noses at young adult fiction, many sneer at romance novels. But these books aren’t simply trashy bodice rippers filled with swooning and ridiculously attractive heroes. They may also increase self-reflection and empathy in readers. (There is often still swooning though. Lots and lots of swooning.) Romance novels canĀ help… Continue reading Understanding Others: The Benefits of Romance Novels

books

Just a Tipple: Booze with Literary Flair, Part 2

To ring in the start of 2017, what is better than a book related beverage? (Lots of things probably, but I can only help with the drinks.) If you are less a bookish beer person and more of a wine fancier, this post is for you. I’m highlighting just a few wines that have in… Continue reading Just a Tipple: Booze with Literary Flair, Part 2

books · Publishing

Thrillers, Suspense, and International Publishing: An Interview with Editorial Director Alison Hennessey

As I hinted several weeks ago, I am beginning an interview series with editors, marketing folks, designers, writers, and other people in the books industry. It is with great excitement that I present the inaugural post in this series with the brilliant Alison Hennessey, Editorial Director of Bloomsbury’s Raven Books. She provides some great insight… Continue reading Thrillers, Suspense, and International Publishing: An Interview with Editorial Director Alison Hennessey

books · libraries

Fore-edge Painting: Images on Book Edges

Modern book design focuses on typography, cover art, and internal flourishes, but several hundred years ago book designers also added art to the sides of pages. This type of art is called fore-edge painting, and it refers to a painted design on the edges of book pages. When looking at the edge of a single… Continue reading Fore-edge Painting: Images on Book Edges