June 01, 2020

Twin Cities bookstores: destroyed, damaged, spared in protests

Twin Cities bookstores: destroyed, damaged, spared in protests Jun 01 2020 In the sometimes violent protests that followed the murder last week of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minn., some bookstores in the Twin Cities were destroyed and damaged, while others have remained unscathed but are boarded up and not sure when and how to reopen. The most destructive case involved Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore and Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore in Minneapolis. The building housing "the Uncles" was one of many on its section of Chicago Avenue that burned to the ground on Thursday night. On the stores'...

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An antiracist reading list

An antiracist reading list Jun 01 2020 Writing in the New York Times, Ibram X. Kendi recommends books to help America transcend its racist heritage: ... To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books. Not books that reinforce old ideas about who we think we are, what we think America is, what we think racism is. Instead, we need to read books that are difficult or unorthodox, that don’t go down easily. Books that force us...

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Larry Kramer, playwright and outspoken AIDS activist, dies at 84

Jun 01 2020 Larry Kramer, the noted writer whose raucous, antagonistic campaign for an all-out response to the AIDS crisis helped shift national health policy in the 1980s and ’90s, died on Wednesday morning in Manhattan. He was 84. His husband, David Webster, said the cause was pneumonia. Mr. Kramer had weathered illness for much of his adult life. Among other things he had been infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, contracted liver disease and underwent a successful liver transplant. Source: New York Times More News Stories

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Lockdown diaries: the deputy MD

I have a clear memory of the day that Covid-19 became a reality to me. My daughter, Matilda, was five months old, and Katie Espiner, MD of Orion, had just told me two things: that Hachette were planning to trial a full company work from home day, and that Italian book sales had dropped dramatically during their lockdown. The reality hit suddenly home. Bookshops would have to close; people were panic buying pasta, not paperbacks.

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Comedy in a crisis

How good it was to be forced to read some funny novels in the early days of the virus crisis. A judge’s lot in the Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction - for which the shortlist was announced last week - is usually a happy one. True, it is also a reminder that humour on the page needs delicate handling, or it turns to dust, but after 20 years the prize has shown that there’s still a rich seam of comic writing in which any reader will be able to find something, somewhere that’s funny.

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