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What is the Apostolic Pardon?
As a person draws closer to the doors of death, there is one blessing in particular that the Church reserves for this most sacred moment: the Apostolic Pardon. It is a pardon that can be given by a…
Amazon takes a page from bricks-and-mortar bookstores. Here's what it's like inside
The new Amazon Books on Southport Avenue has the personality of an airport bookstore and conveys all the charm of its stone floor.
First Edition Books: What Every Book Collector Needs to Know
Nothing gets a book collector’s pulse racing faster than the discovery of a first edition – especially a rare one by a famous author. But how can you be sure that a book is, indeed, a first edition? Deciphering the clues can be perplexing, especially if you’re a novice bibliophile To learn more about first editions, we turned to book expert Bruce MacMakin, who is Senior Vice President of the San Francisco auction house PBA Galleries . PBA specializes in fine antiquarian and collectible books, autographed ephemera, and works on paper. How does one identify a first edition? Each publisher has its own way of identifying first editions of its publications, and even those are not always consistent, especially when taken over a span of years or decades. Many state “First Edition,” usually…
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How Black Books Lit My Way Along The Appalachian Trail
"I can confirm that one does not walk 2,000 miles across the face of this country as a black woman without building up an incredible sense of self."
Aloud for Middle Graders? — The Horn Book
Back in the fifties, in my crowded parochial elementary school, the highest form of good luck landed you in Mrs. Sheeran’s fourth-grade class. The fact that Mrs. Sheeran wasn’t a nun marked her instantly as different But more significant than her street clothes and married name were two admirable practices. First, every day at 10:30 she smuggled us out the back door and down to the playground for an all-class dodgeball game. Second, she read aloud to our class at the end of the day, right before dismissal. Her books of choice were the Happy Hollisters series, and I was so taken with them that I asked for Happy Hollisters books that Christmas. Years later, when I taught sixth grade in the 1990s, I, too, took my students outside for a mid-morning break…
How Do Literary Agents Approach Diversity?
How do agents—generally considered the gatekeepers to publishing companies—approach the issue of diversity in the publishing industry?
Free Comic Book Day: What is it?
Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May. It's an International Event that celebrates comic books and the local comic shops that provide them to thei...
13 Survival Tips That May Save Your Life Someday
Some inadvertent deaths are unavoidable—wrong place, wrong time. But most aren't. Staying alive requires perceiving threat, feeling dread, and responding. Here'