Posted on 11/13/2014 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner
The Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson was born on this day in 1850. Stevenson is famous for "Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," and "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Fittingly, Stevenson loved to travel and lived at times in the United States and sailed the Pacific Ocean. Born into frail health, he died in 1894 in the Samoan Islands at the age of 44.
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
- "Kiss of Christmas Magic," (Multiple authors, paranormal romance). Kindle, Nook, Apple.
- "The Churchill Factor," (Boris Johnson, history). Kindle, Nook, Apple.
- "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," (Carson McCullers, literary fiction). $1.99. Kindle.
- "How to Eat a Cupcake," (Meg Donohue, women's fiction). $1.99. Nook.
- Amazon will operate the domain ".book" and reportedly paid $10 million for the rights to do so. (Publishers Weekly)
- The New York Times investigates why e-books have been slower to gain traction in Europe.
- BookExpo America and BookCon will not overlap this year but it will still be easy to attend both of them. BookExpo America will run May 27-29 and BookCon will be May 30-31. Both will be held at the Javits Center in New York. (Publishers Weekly).
- Author Isabel Allende will be among 19 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- Journalist Sean Michaels has won the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel "Us Conductors." The prize honors the best in Canadian fiction.