Artists Are Giving Classic Books a Brand New Look

Artists Are Giving Classic Books a Brand New Look

The public domain is a great thing: after a certain amount of time, a work of literature can’t be copyrighted anymore. That means that efforts like Project Gutenberg can make the full text available online for free. The only problem: these free old-school texts lack similarly free covers. According to Wired, one dedicated group of artists is changing that. Book Buttons Embed ISBN: 9780143036234   The new covers project is called Recovering the Classics, and it aims to make awesome new covers for public domain texts. The idea came to organizer Jennifer 8. Lee when she was working with the literary website DailyLit to …

Get Ready for the Super Bowl With These Football Books

Get Ready for the Super Bowl With These Football Books

It’s the most exciting time of the year for football fans: we finally know which two teams will do battle in Super Bowl 50. But the NFL is cruel, and we’re going to have to wait a full two weeks until the big game. Fill the void with this reading list full of the best football books ever written!   The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis Book Buttons Embed ISBN: 9780393061239   Michael Lewis is the master of balancing personal narratives with studies of game-changing advances. In The Blind Side, he examines the incredible true story of left …

Scholastic Ceases Distribution of Controversial Picture Book

Scholastic Ceases Distribution of Controversial Picture Book

A book about George Washington’s slaves has been pulled by Scholastic after a public outcry. Critics asserted that A Birthday Cake for George Washington misrepresented the reality of slavery, and Scholastic seems to agree. The publisher has ceased distribution of the problematic picture book. A Birthday Cake for George Washington was written by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. The main character of the picture book is a real-life historical figure named Hercules, a slave and talented chef. Hercules and his daughter are depicted in the book as being rather happy, which struck many as inappropriate given their condition. Unhappy readers started a change.org petition and …

10 Must-See Book Adaptations Coming in 2016

10 Must-See Book Adaptations Coming in 2016

If you spent 2015 watching exciting film adaptations like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, then this is the list for you. 2016 will have more than its share of good film versions of your favorite books. Here are 10 to look forward to!   The 5th Wave Based on The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Release date: January 22, 2016 Audiences are hooked on young adult sci-fi, and Hollywood is helping us all get our fix. With the Hunger Games franchise all wrapped up, there are a few new adaptations coming in 2016 to help us fill the void. The first …

10 Literary Mugs to Help Start Your Day Off Right

10 Literary Mugs to Help Start Your Day Off Right

Do you ever stop to realize how many times a day you use a mug? If you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker, probably at least once or twice! What better way to start your day than with a cup of something a bit literary? Take a look at these bookish mugs (which also make perfect gifts!) and tell us which one is your favorite in the comments.     Banned Books Mug This mug celebrates all of the great literature that others have tried to keep out of our hands. Show your freedom of expression every time you take …