The 2014 Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction Shortlist

Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction - HeaderDonna Tartt’s literary blockbuster The Goldfinch is one of six novels shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, alongside three debut writers, and a previous winner. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride | The Guardian review The Undertaking by Audrey Magee | The Guardian review The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri | The Guardian review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | The Guardian review Burial Rites by Hannah Kent | The Guardian review The Goldfinch by Donna Tart | The Guardian review The winner will be announced June 4 2014.

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TheReadingRoom announces 40% off The New York Times print bestsellers

NEW YORK, February 14, 2014 – As part of its ongoing push to redefine the ‘independent bookseller’ space online, one of the fastest growing book-centric social discovery platforms in the world, TheReadingRoom is now offering its members a 40 percent discount on all print versions of The New York Times bestsellers displayed on the site, reinforcing TheReadingRoom’s position as the independent destination for discovering and buying books. TheReadingRoom combines the power of social networking, carefully curated content, recommendations and featured selections with the ability to buy eBooks and print titles. Readers can discover new authors and titles from people they know and trust without there being a vested interest in either publishing or inventory management. The platform’s combination of both social media tools and curatorial expertise help readers discover new titles. Finding your next book to read can be quite challenging online.  Indeed, locating a trusted provider is equally as important as having access to personal recommendations.  “A combination of both in one platform is doubly powerful,” said Kim Anderson, CEO of TheReadingRoom.   “That’s why TheReadingRoom brings together of the expertise of The New York Times, with the views of people you know and trust, alongside overall ratings from the community.” Fast approaching a million members and growing rapidly, TheReadingRoom is helping fill the void left by the local bookstore. “Discovery of new titles and authors is an important part of the book lover’s online journey,” said Anderson. “It is a combination of the ability to search, browse, to see what friends are reading, what the critics say, and how the community views a particular title, including the number of bookshelves on which it appears.” TheReadingRoom allows you to do all the above as well as browse featured bookshelves, award winners,  bestseller lists, members’ bookshelves, along with following members and authors so you don’t miss a thing.

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The Stella Prize 2014 Longlist

The 2014 longlist for Australia’s all-female literary award has been announced. The Stella Prize is in its second year and was established to celebrate women’s contributions to Australian literature.

Stella Prize

Click on each book’s title for more information: Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide Moving Among Strangers by Gabrielle Carey Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Night Games by Anna Krien Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers Madeleine by Helen Trinca The Swan Book by Alexis Wright The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld The shortlist will be announced on Thursday March 20, and the winner of the 2014 Stella prize will be awarded in Sydney on Tuesday April 29.

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TheReadingRoom Best of 2013 Awards

In a recent interview with TheReadingRoom, Margaret Atwood said, “We stick labels on things to help us to define them and to arrange them in bookstores, but any good book escapes its labels.” In December last year, TheReadingRoom took a leaf out of Attwood’s book and created a selection of “Best of 2013” reads that defied genre and focused on story, and which also took into account the number of times a book appeared on bookshelves, its average rating, favorable reviews, and of course the buzz it created in social media channels. The result was a list of 30 great books in five categories:

  1. The Most Dazzling Debut
  2. The Most Memorable Love Story
  3. The Ultimate Thriller
  4. The Best YA Novel
  5. The Novel that Most Deserved an Award

TheReadingRoom members then voted on their favorites. See the results below by country or at a global level:

Best Books - All Congratulations to all the winning authors, and a big thank you to TheReadingRoom community for voting.

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TheReadingRoom Staff 2013 Favorites

TRR Staff Compilation - US

TheReadingRoom staff has compiled a featured bookshelf of TheReadingRoom Staff 2013 Favorites. We all struggled to keep ourselves to three but luckily we all shared some highlights. You can view our staff selections here and find out more about our choices below. Anna settled on TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, and The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, which was similarly revered by Kim, alongside Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, declaring it a must read. Simon, our crime afficionado, celebrated the return of two of his favorite authors: Stephen King’sDoctor Sleep, the sequel to the lauded horror novel The Shining; and the new Rebus novel, The Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin. The graphic novel Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos also made his list. Meanwhile, Cara was much more eclectic, opting for The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, the critically-acclaimed debut novel Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois, and Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie. We also made the unamimous decision to include The Goldfinch by Donna Tart as one of the year’s highlights.

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Key trends this Fall for the perfect cookbook

There is no doubt that as our lives get busier and busier, more people are looking for simpler dishes, and the trend for simple but tasty food is one that is here to stay.  However,  one of the key trends over the past few seasons  is that we are also more interested in the stories behind the dishes on our plates – stories seem to be now as important as recipes. We don’t just want to know who cooked it and how it was cooked, but where the food on our plate comes from: how it was grown, where it was grown and most interestingly who grew it. If you are at all interested in storytelling and this kind of story then you are in for a treat this season.  You can start with the Art of the Simple Food II by Alice Waters, the famed chef from Chez Panisse; One Good Dish by David Tannin and the brand new offerings from Nigel SlaterNotes from the Larder.  All three offer simple, home style food, with lots of professional tips but most importantly with great stories that will take you from the garden to the kitchen to the dining table. For years we have also been in love with celebrity chefs and celebrity restaurants, and although that love is still vibrant, it has undergone a bit of a metamorphosis. We are now not just in love with the unflappable chef who makes everything look simple and totally professionals, but now their brilliance and innovative techniques need to display the sensibilities of home cooking. The current and undisputed hero of this trend is Yotam Ottolenghi.  You cannot go wrong with any of his cookbooks. The other great cookbooks in this category are The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook and Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food. Lastly, we can never have enough of family-food friendly cookbooks with easily accessible ingredients and seasonal menus. These cookbooks definitely appeal to families with children and anyone who wants to eat well on a budget or who is limited for time but is committed to healthy, and delicious meals.   We recommend The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Moosewood Restaurant Favorites and Giada’s Feel Good Food. Please check out our complete bookshelf of Best Cookbooks of 2013

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TheReadingRoom partners with Bookworld to provide a first class retail solution

TheReadingRoom enters an exclusive retail partnership with Bookworld

TheReadingRoom announced today that it has entered into an exclusive retail partnership with Bookworld in a bid to provide its members with a viable option for those wishing to purchase books at competitive prices and with free shipping. Launched this week, the retail partnership will extend Bookworld’s discounted Citizen prices to TheReadingRoom members, while also providing free shipping on every order and exclusive deals each month. TheReadingRoom is one of the fastest growing book-centric social discovery platforms in the world and is focussed on growing its extensive Australian member base. Until recently TheReadingRoom offered a range of local affiliate retailers to provide an end-to-end solution for its members to discover, share and discuss books. However, members wanted a more integrated offering across the site, with prices and free shipping to match that of offshore competitors. ‘It’s important to provide Australians with a local solution,’ says CEO of TheReadingRoom Kim Anderson, ‘but it had to be competitive in user experience and price. Bookworld could offer that solution and was prepared to work hand in hand with us to integrate solutions. We have a highly engaged audience and often the books they are looking for are published locally, so we will now be in a position to supply them quickly.’ CEO of Bookworld James Webber says ‘Bookworld is delighted to be partnering with TheReadingRoom and is proud to be able to offer their members the largest range of titles of any Australian online retailer, competitive prices and free shipping, all of which provides Australians a real viable alternative to sourcing their books from overseas. Together we put local publishers, authors and readers first and foremost and as such this partnership has great synergies.’ Webber says, ‘TheReadingRoom is a fantastic destination of discovery and recommendation for Australian readers and Bookworld provides a first class retail solution to complement that and ensure their members can acquire their beloved books cheaply and quickly.’

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TheReadingRoom Secures $2.75M in Funding & Opens New York Office

New Funds Will Fuel Firm’s Accelerated Growth in the United States

TheReadingRoom, the leading independent online portal for avid readers to discover new books, today announced that it had successfully completed its latest round of funding, raising $2.75 million through the support of existing shareholders and other private investors. New York With this new capital, TheReadingRoom plans to continue to drive membership and implement a range of site enhancements and commercial partnerships. TheReadingRoom also announced that it has relocated its sales and marketing team to the New York City office, including the founder and CEO Kim Anderson, the head of Sales Cara Codemo, and Marketing Director Ben Aronsten. The office is located at 205 Hudson Street, Level 9; New York, NY 10013. TheReadingRoom will retain its offices in London and Sydney. “We are empowered by our investors’ commitment to our business, as demonstrated by their financial support to fuel our continued growth,” said Kim Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, TheReadingRoom. “The funds raised today will enable us to meet the growing demand for TheReadingRoom to be the online platform of choice for readers to discover new authors, classics and those hidden gems, and importantly to connect with other, like-minded readers. TheReadingRoom can now accelerate its expansion across the United States and North America.”

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