George R.R. Martin Plans Rare Bookstore Appearance in U.K.

George R.R. Martin Plans Rare Bookstore Appearance in U.K.

Sorry, truly, if you expected me to be handing you the release date for the much anticipated The Winds of Winter. The truth is I’m just as antsy to get that news as you. That doesn’t mean this isn’t something cool headed your way.   Image Via The Daily Express   To discuss his newest book Fire & Blood, which was received well from fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin is planning to visit Waterstones August 8th. The bookstore announced the event via Twitter early Friday morning. Fire & Blood occurs 300 years before the events in …

UK Bookstore Chain Is Opening New Locations Pretending to Be Independent Bookstores

UK Bookstore Chain Is Opening New Locations Pretending to Be Independent Bookstores

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For the past four years, UK bookstore chain Waterstones has been opening up shops without disclosing that the shops were under the chain. For example, Waterstones, the Barnes & Noble of the UK, opened up a store in Southwold, naming it Southwold Books. There was no indication that the store was owned by Waterstones except for the small, handwritten sign in the window, “Southwold Books is the trading name of Waterstones Booksellers Ltd.”   Independent bookstores like Stockbridge’s Golden Hare Books have been directly impacted by the chain’s expansion. The owners accused the company of breaking the pledge they made to …

Watch Angie Thomas Discuss Her Inspiration Behind ‘The Hate U Give’

Watch Angie Thomas Discuss Her Inspiration Behind ‘The Hate U Give’

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The Hate U Give follows sixteen-year-old Starr after witnessing her unarmed best friend Khalil’s murder at the hands of a cop. The book has won the £5,000 Waterstones Book of the Year award.    Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and established to draw attention to the number of unarmed African Americans unlawfully killed by police, it takes its title from the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who said that the phrase Thug Life was an anagram for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody.”     In this interview, Angie Thomas discussed the inspiration behind her novel: the 2010 killing of Oscar Grant and …