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An Idaho Ruffian is Hiding Library Books Criticizing Trump

The librarians at the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, public library usually spend most of their days helping patrons and doing the day-to-day upkeep of the library. However, they’ve recently had to play an elaborate game of hide-and-seek with one disgruntled patron who keeps hiding books critical of Donald Trump.


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Bette Ammon, the library director for Coeur d’Alene, said about 20 books have disappeared or been deliberately misplaced in the past year:

A gun rights book, we just found it last week behind the O’s in the fiction [section] on the bottom shelf behind a bunch of books.



This ruse apparently began last summer in 2018. Around that time, the librarians received a strange comment card:


I noticed a large volume of Books attacking our President. I am going to continue hiding these books in the most obscure places I can find to keep this propaganda out of the hands of young minds. Your liberal angst gives me great pleasure.


The author of that note probably wouldn’t be too happy now, though. The Coeur d’Alene library has had to reorder copies of certain books like Fire and Fury to meet demand. Often, librarians find the hidden copies in the library months or weeks later. But, since they’ve already bought the replacement, they just keep both.



Right now, we have three copies of Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. We only would have ever bought one…We have three copies of the April Ryan book and we would have only bought one of those.


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The librarians at Coeur d’Alene of course tried to get to the bottom of it. They tried putting up a web camera to catch the perpetrator in the act. But they quickly realized they had nowhere near enough time to comb through all the footage. One librarian flew his drone through the library to search for the misplaced books.


Those are only the tops of the stacks, so we couldn’t see the shelves down below, but it was kind of fun to do that.


Overall, Ammon wishes the perpetrator would just put this whole thing to rest. Instead of having to go on these wild goose chases every few weeks, she wishes the library could just be let alone to do its job: connecting readers with the books they want.

“People want to be able to read what they want to read and don’t want others to control them,” Ammon said.



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‘Fire and Fury’ Sequel Will Arrive in June

The Washington Post reports that the author of last year’s Fire and Fury is releasing another book that will shed a light on the Trump administration’s activities.

Michael Wolff’s Siege: Trump Under Fire will be published by Henry Holt and Company in June, and it will serve as a follow-up to his prior release. Siege is expected to provide another thorough, behind-the-scenes look at the White House and the president, who Wolff describes as, “volatile, erratic, and exposed.”

Wolff shared the news via Twitter, as well as the book’s June 4th release date:



In particular, Siege will focus on the Robert Mueller investigation and the alleged ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials back in 2016.

Wolff reportedly spoke to over one-hundred-fifty sources to compile the information; however, Holt declined to disclose whether or not the sources are still currently in the Trump administration.


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Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ Wins Book of the Year at British Book Awards

On Monday evening Sally Rooney, the much-lauded twenty-eight-year-old Irish writer, won the Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, for her second novel Normal People.

Normal People follows the relationship between two teenagers, Connell and Marianne, who attend the same secondary school. Connell is handsome and popular while Marianne is a regular loner, but both see beauty in the other. The novel twists and turns as the pair go off to Trinity College during which time Marianne becomes popular while this time it is Connell who struggles to fit in.


Sally Rooney and the cover of "Normal People"

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The novel achieves “that rare thing, a sublime work of literary fiction that exquisitely renders a universal experience: being young, finding love, friendship and, ultimately, a sense of self,” said Brett Wolstencroft, manager of Daunt books and judge according to The Guardian.


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This award is the novel’s third prize. Previously, Normal People was voted as the 2018 Waterstones’ Book of the Year  and won ‘Best Novel” at the 2018 Costa Book Awards.

The novel was also long-listed for the Women’s Prize for fiction, however the competition was stiffer this time around, given that Michelle Obama’s Becoming was also nominated!


Michelle Obama's "Becoming"

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Becoming, published in November 12th, 2018, broke record sales in a stellar fifteen days and was an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

There seemed to be no stopping Becoming. It beat out Michael Wolff’s White House expose Fire and Fury in the non-fiction sections and its audiobook, read by Obama herself and on track to be “already the best-selling audiobook of all time” according to the BBC, beat out Ben Whishaw’s telling of Stephen Hawking’s final book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions.

However, in the end, the Book of the Year prize went to Rooney. Alice O’Keeffe, books editor of The Bookseller and chair of this years judges, commented that the book “was unanimously praised by our Book of the Year judges. It really is an exceptional novel from one of the most exciting young writers we have.”

The other three judges joined O’Keeffe in her praises.

Judge Stig Abell, editor of the TLS said, “Sally Rooney may well be on her way to becoming the major literary figure of our time…”

Brett Woolstencroft, manager at Daunt Books, said the book was “a phenomenon”.

According to Bea Carvalho, fiction buyer at Waterstones, who judged the Fiction Book of the Year award also won by Rooney,  Normal People “is that rare gift of a novel which can be enjoyed by readers of all tastes”.


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Sally Rooney stayed humble, despite her enormous success, saying, “…I do feel astonishingly lucky.”


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This Library Will Start Leasing Books…And That Actually Seems Cool

Libraries in Fulton County, Georgia (the home of the capital, Atlanta) have been toying with the idea of forerunning a program that would lease certain books to patrons as opposed to using the borrowing system. Apparently some libraries have been using similar systems for well over fifty years, but the release of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, a book detailing the inner-workings of Trump’s White House, has been cementing the idea in Atlanta further. 



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Fire and Fury created a massive stir in the world, and libraries have seen the effects first and foremost. Librarians suggest that using a leasing system would allow for them to own far more copies of a book than is typical without spending too much extra money or effort on having them put into circulation. This system would be beneficial when it comes to acquiring new, bestselling books that are in high-demand. Once the hype surrounding these books dies down, the libraries won’t be left with multiple copies that won’t be borrowed. Librarians say that these leftover copies would be sent and sold to bookshops, or put up for donation.


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In addition to benefitting the budget of the libraries, this leasing system would also benefit the loyal patrons. As is natural, when hype circles around any sort of book, movie, or television show, the amount of people wanting to experience said medium increases as well. The leasing system would essentially lower the amount of time people are entitled to borrow books, and would also disable them from the opportunity to renew the books they leased out. This system would give other readers the opportunity to experience the worlds that inhabit the pages within two book covers. 


We’ll see if such a system works out in a major city, and perhaps we can see such efforts being extended to smaller libraries as well. While the book borrower would indeed have to pay a decent price for the high-profile book they’re leasing, the proceeds would help provide the libraries some extra revenue. And keeping libraries alive should be a priority for everyone!




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There Is a ‘Fire and Fury’ TV Show in the Works!

Michael Wolff’s wildly successful exposé of life inside Trump’s White House, Fire and Fury, is being considered for a TV show, Variety reports

Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book. While no studio is attached to the project as yet, Wolff will be an executive producer, along with former BBC executive Michael Jackson.


Fire and Fury, which does not paint a very pretty picture of the goings-on in the forty-fifth U. S. president’s political world, includes, among many other controversial comments, quotes from “former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as ‘treasonous.'” The book sold 30,000 copies just in its opening weekend.


Trump doesn’t love the book. Trump has repeatedly attacked the book as being false, saying in a statement, “We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about a person, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts.”


However, Wolff asserts that the book’s contents were compiled from over 200 interviews as well as firsthand experience in the White House and of the president himself.


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