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Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick is available for free, read aloud by actors, writers, and more, including Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, Neil Tennant, Fiona Shaw, Will Self, Benedict Cumberbatch, China Miéville, Tony Kushner, John Waters, Simon Callow, Sir David Attenborough, […]

On July 12, 2016 Audible Studios will release a new audiobook version of Anna Karenina, beautifully performed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose elegant diction perfectly matches this tragic story. Whether you are a long-time fan or new to the story, you […]

While looking for books to read to her eldest daughter (when she was 2), Ylleya Fields was struck by the limited number of titles featuring African American characters. And so she created one: Princess Cupcake Jones was created, with Princess […]

Call Me Ishmael (the name taken from the first line of Moby Dick) is a new crowd-funded project that invites everyone to call in to talk about a book they love. This is not a book report. It doesn’t have […]

It is always refreshing and inspiring to talk to Reverend T.D. Jakes, and it was a great pleasure to have a chance to hear more about his new book, Destiny: Step into Your Purpose, a follow-up to his best-seller, Instinct. […]

Christopher Columbus has not yet had the movie he deserves, but I prefer the Fredric March version to the later movies.  And I recommend a brilliant and completely engrossing biography from biographer Laurence Bergreen called Columbus: The Four Voyages.  He […]

The New York Times reports: This month, the journal Pediatrics published a study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study brain activity in 3-to 5-year-old children as they listened to age-appropriate stories. The researchers found differences in brain activation […]

Summer vacation is a great time to get kids into the habit of reading. Rude Cakes is deliciously imaginative and witty. Writer/illustrator Rowboat Watkins introduces us to the title pastries who are indeed very rude. They do not say please […]

Two of Hollywood’s top filmmakers have new books out, and both, unusually, are compilations of interviews with creative people. Judd Apatow, one of the most influential writer/director/producers of the last twenty years, has written Sick in the Head: Conversations About […]

The Chicago Tribune asked actors and filmmakers what books they would like to see adapted for the screen.  “Selma” director Ava DuVernay picked Octavia Butler’s time travel story Kindred. Ethan Hawke picked the provocative Story of the Eye by Georges […]

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