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- Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop
A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops. [Thu, Dec. 18]
- Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86
The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies. [Wed, Dec. 17]
- Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin
In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis. [Wed, Dec. 17]
- Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup
Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, said he'll be assuming the role at the augmented reality company Magic Leap, which recently landed $542 million in investments from Google and other tech giants. [Wed, Dec. 17]
- 25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression
Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness. [Wed, Dec. 17]