Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

Guardian Books - 52 min 59 sec ago
Colombian author became standard-bearer for Latin American letters after success of One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87. He had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia.

Matching commercial success with critical acclaim, García Márquez became a standard-bearer for Latin American letters, establishing a route for negotiations between guerillas and the Colombian government, building a friendship with Fidel Castro, and maintaining a feud with fellow literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa that lasted more than 30 years.

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Gabriel García Márquez  a life in pictures

Guardian Books - 1 hour 9 min ago

The Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who has died aged 87, helped to ignite the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with novels such as 100 Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Here we celebrate his life with a selection of images charting his journey from childhood in northern Colombia to global literary titan

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TL;DR Wikipedia Shortens Long-Form Entries for Humorous, Mobile Browsing

eBookNewser - 1 hour 23 min ago

Too long, didn’t read may be the most annoying, yet common, consequence  of our media hunger. Go on Facebook, and you’ll see plenty os users having lengthy arguments over stories they did not read. It makes the title of news stories ever more important, albeit, in a superficial, click-bait way.


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Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards shortlists announced

Quill & Quire Blog - 1 hour 45 min ago

The finalists have been announced for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, a pair of annual $6,000 prizes that recognize excellence in writing and illustration in Canadian English-language books.

This year’s winners will be selected by two five-member juries from Aldergrove Public School in Markham, Ontario, and will be announced on May 20.

The nominees in the children’s picture-book category are:

The nominees in the young-adult and middle-reader category are:

The awards are administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and funding from the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87

Telegraph - 1 hour 45 min ago
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel literary laureate, has died at the age of 87, a source close to the family confirms

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Facebook Friends Are Now Physically Accessible With ‘Nearby Friends’ Feature

eBookNewser - 2 hours 41 min ago

Your Facebook friends are now looking for you in the real world, using the Anroid app’s new feature – Nearby Friends, which assumes that you have more than one friend. Don’t worry anti-social Facebook users, there are ways to turn off this feature, especially if you’re trying to avoid professional Facebook stalkers. Nearby relationships are bi-directional.

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Libris shortlists announced

Quill & Quire Blog - 3 hours 7 min ago

The Retail Council of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2014 Libris Awards. Nominated and selected by members of the Canadian book industry, the awards recognize excellence among authors, publishers, editors, sales representatives, and booksellers from across the country.

Winners will be announced on June 2 at the Toronto Congress Centre, as part of the Retail Council of Canada’s Store Conference.

This year’s lifetime achievement award will be presented to CBC Radio host and author Stuart McLean.

The nominees are:


  • Joseph Boyden
  • Amanda Lindhout
  • Louise Penny
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Alice Munro




  • Blue Heron Books (Uxbridge, Ontario)
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers (Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
  • Words Worth Books (Waterloo, Ontario)
  • Mosaic Books (Kelowna, B.C.)
  • Another Story Bookshop (Toronto, Ontario)

Specialty Bookseller

  • Bakka Phoenix Books (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Kidsbooks (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Mabel’s Fables (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Woozles Children’s Bookstore (Halifax, Nova Scotia) 

Campus Bookseller

  • UBC Bookstore (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • The Book Store at University of Western Ontario (Waterloo, Ontario)
  • King’s Co-op Bookstore (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • University of Regina Bookstore (Regina, Saskatchewan) 


  • Jennifer Lambert, HarperCollins Canada
  • John Metcalf, Biblioasis
  • Nicole Winstanley, Penguin Canada

Young Reader

Picture Books

  • The Dark by Lemony Snicket; Jon Klassen, illus. (HarperCollins Canada)
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore; Barbara Reid, illus. (Scholastic Canada)
  • Lasso the Wind by George Elliott Clarke; Susan Tooke, illus. (Nimbus Publishing)
  • This Little Hamster by Kass Reich (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt; Matthew Forsythe, illus. (Simon & Schuster)


  • HarperCollins Canada
  • Raincoast Books
  • University of Toronto Press

Sales Rep

  • Ali Hewitt (Ampersand Inc.)
  • Sherry Lee (Simon & Schuster Canada)
  • Lynne Reeder (Random House of Canada) 

Small Press

  • Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Biblioasis
  • Gaspereau Press
  • Groundwood Books
  • Nimbus Publishing


  • ECW Press
  • Dundurn Press
  • HarperCollins Canada
  • House of Anansi Press
  • Penguin Canada
  • Random House of Canada
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Google Camera Brings Lens Blurring Manipulation to Mobile Photography

eBookNewser - 4 hours 13 min ago

DSLR cameras are, for the most part, bulky but beautiful machines for capturing what our eyes see. They also give photographers a chance to manipulate the perception of distance, and that’s a feat mobile photography is about to accomplish.

Yesterday, a Google Camera was released, and with it, the ability to manipulate lens blurring, also known as the bokeh effect. With a small amount of blur, a photo can look real, like how the human eyes view the world. With a lot more bokeh, a photo can look miniature, fake, animated even – like those tilt-shift images that makes cities appear as miniature universes.


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E.L. Doctorow wins Library of Congress Prize, Kickstarter fundraises for NYC pizza book, and more

Quill & Quire Blog - 5 hours 29 min ago
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Margaret Spufford obituary

Guardian Books - 5 hours 52 min ago
Historian with a sympathetic understanding of common people in 16th- and 17th-century England

As a historian of the unconsidered people of 16th- and 17th-century England, Margaret Spufford, who has died aged 78, changed the understanding of her period through her precision of mind and unsparing sympathy for her subjects. In three books, she brought to light the particularities of peasant life, considering both souls and soils.

Her subjects appeared as active shapers of their own fate rather than passive victims; people with minds and hearts, not just physical needs. "The villager was indeed a sentient reflecting being, with opinions of his own, and he should be treated as such even if the nature of his opinions can only occasionally be established," she wrote in Contrasting Communities: English Villagers in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (1974).

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Game of Phones: A Card Game That Actually Uses Your Smartphone

eBookNewser - 6 hours 53 min ago

Game of Phones is a game that can be a fun way to get your friends to play with you in real life – especially if you can’t get them to down their phones in order to play real games.

The premise is simple and works similarly like Cards Against Humanity, with only as much offensiveness as your smartphone :

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Sherlock Holmes: the many identities of the world's favourite detective in pictures

Guardian Books - 7 hours 1 min ago

According to our readers, Sherlock Holmes is the perfect way to get back into the reading habit. But how does his appearance on the page compare to his screen incarnations? And if you've never investigated the world's most famous detective, then where should you begin?

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Q&A: Cinema Politica’s Ezra Winton on launching a self-published book

Quill & Quire Blog - 7 hours 13 min ago

Svetla Turnin, filmmaker John Greyson, academic Tom Waugh, and Ezra Winton

Last week, Montreal’s Cinema Politica launched its first book, Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism, a compendium of writing by filmmakers, activists, and academics to mark the non-profit organization’s 10-year anniversary.

What began as a screening series of independent political films at Concordia University has, over the past decade, expanded into a vast network of more than 100 community and campus chapters across Canada and beyond. True to the organizations’s independent, anarchist roots, co-founders Svetla Turnin and Ezra Winton decided to self-publish the book – and come up with a distribution plan that excludes chain bookstores and multinationals like Amazon.

Q&Q talked with Winton about the self-publishing process.

How did the book come together? About a year ago at our board meeting we were talking about the approaching ten year anniversary of our organization, and we felt like it would be nice to have some kind of cultural artifact that serves as a marker, that acts as interpretive material for the films, and that also would give us a chance to articulate this important intersection between documentary and activism that we are so invested in. We just said, “Well, why don’t we make a book?”

Why did you decide to go the self-publishing route? Since we know designers and printers, we thought we would do it ourselves.

The person who designed our website and basically everything for us is Kevin Lo and he designed the book. We’ve worked for the last 10 years with the same printers here in Montreal called Kata Soho. They’re a community printing press and very much connected with the activist community, so we knew we’d work with them.

Did you ever consider going with an established publisher? We didn’t, because we wanted to be able to control the content and the price, so we could keep the book accessible. Also, working with an academic process is a very slow process. We had a tight time frame.

We’re getting really good response from the book. If we don’t go bankrupt from doing this, we’re thinking of doing another one on a related subject and approaching an academic press to collaborate.

How did you choose contributors? We just kind of used a snowball procedure where we contacted filmmakers and academics that we knew. For instance, a filmmaker named Shannon Walsh, whose films we’ve shown, wrote a chapter. Another academic in Atlantic Canada, Darrell Varga, I heard him give a really great talk about documentary and utopia, and we asked him if we could publish the talk.

The second tier was approaching activists and people we work with. We asked Kristen Fitzpatrick at Women Make Movies in New York to write a short piece, because they’re one of our favourite distributors. And then Svetla and I wrote a long introduction where we tried to give shape to this abstract idea of documentary activism.

Will there be a digital edition of the book? There will be. We’re focusing on selling the hard copies right now. As we approach a break-even point, we’re going to release an ebook version that will be cheaper.

How did you approach practical publishing decisions given that you’re pretty new to this? It’s been a steep learning curve and kind of ad hoc decision making for sure. Three people have been advisers on the book: Marc Glassman, who ran the Pages bookstore in Toronto for over 30 years; Larissa Dutil from the Co-op Bookstore here at Concordia; and David Widgington, who ran a small publishing company called Cumulus Press from 1998 to 2008. We’ve been able to get some advice from them like how to price the book, which turns out to be quite tricky.

What’s your distribution plan? We have a four-pronged approach. We printed 1,000 books. We’ll be selling books online through our website. We’ll sell them at events like the Social Forum in Ottawa, the Anarchist Book Fairs, and other independent book fairs. We’re also hoping our local chapters will sell them at their events. We’re giving them a bulk price so they can use the book as a fundraising tool as well. Then there are the independent bookstores and libraries.

We’ve decided not to work with Amazon because of their poor labour record. I guess Amazon is increasingly the way people are getting their books, but the flip side of it is that there are fewer and fewer bookstores.

This interview has been edited and condensed. 

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Apple Developing Song Identification Features for iOS 8 With Shazam

eBookNewser - 7 hours 53 min ago

Shazam, the music identification app is coming to Apple iTunes via Siri – according to reports by Bloomberg. Anonymous sources  from teh London startup hinted at the collaboration as a feature in the upcoming iOS 8 launch, expected on June 2 of this year during Apple’s annual developer conference. continued…

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Cover to Cover: Janet Munsil’s That Elusive Spark

Quill & Quire Blog - 7 hours 53 min ago
Click on the thumbnails to see how designer Natalie Olsen draws on a 19th-century industrial accident to suggest the story and themes in Janet Munsil’s play That Elusive Spark (Playwrights Canada Press).

This feature appeared in the April 2014 edition of Q&Q.


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Decline in male readers alarms authors

Guardian Books - 8 hours 30 min ago
Andy McNab stresses need to 'keep boys reading because once they stop, they never start again'

The bestselling author Andy McNab has spoken out about the importance of keeping boys reading, in the wake of a survey which found that men are turning away from books in record numbers.

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