"Read what you want and when you want. Choosing what to read is about attuning yourself to what it means to benourished. By this I mean confronted, changed, filled, emptied, engrossed, surprised, instructed, consoled — all these. You. At this moment in time."

— Sonya Chung, at The Millions

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Gilded book covers from the turn of the 19th century. Find more at The Retronaut.

"Sometimes poems come slowly in the sense that I live with them in a dissatisfied condition until I finally get what I was after, or what the poem was after. Sometimes they come very quickly in a first rush, then it takes months for the work of the poem to finish itself."

— From our interview with National Book Award Winner Robert Hass, who has now received one of Poetry’s highest honors: the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

"Some works have the magical capacity to resist closure—they read us as much as we read them, by revealing what is most important to our lives individually and our age collectively."

– Joseph Luzzi for @TheParisReview Daily, on why some stories—The Adventures of Pinocchio, for example—become universal classics while others struggle to find an audience.

"Some works have the magical capacity to resist closure—they read us as much as we read them, by revealing what is most important to our lives individually and our age collectively."

– Joseph Luzzi for @TheParisReview Daily, on why some stories—The Adventures of Pinocchio, for example—become universal classics while others struggle to find an audience.

"It is personal. That’s what an education does. It makes the world personal."

— National Book Award Winner Cormac McCarthy, from his novel The Sunset Limited. Find more wisdom from McCarthy at ShortList.

Flavorwire shares a list of “50 Essays Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person

National Book Award Finalists Marilynne Robinson and Ben Lerner, and 2013 5 Under 35 Honoree Merritt Tierce are featured in the Huffington Post’s list of the “Best Books for Fall 2014

GOOD NEWS!

The 2014 National Book Awards Finalists will be announced exclusively on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Tune in to your local NPR station October 15 at 8:40am EDT for the full reveal!

Before Sharknado: iO9 looks at ancient books to show us some "historical" sea monsters.

Riverhead Books announced the winner of its Little Free Library sweepstakes today. A 15-year-old Boy Scout from Harlingen, TX struggle to find an Eagle Scout project with meaning until he learned about Little Free Library [LFL], an Innovations in Reading Prize-winner. 

"What a great concept and way to give back to my community. If you look at the LFL world map there is only one library in our entire region. You can certainly see a void for hundreds of miles in every direction. My dad always tells me to try and leave a legacy and that’s what I hope to do with this project. My goal isn’t to just build one LFL but to start a movement in the Valley with LFLs in our region."

The prize was judged by Riverhead authors and voted on by the public. Read more of his winning entry here.

Riverhead Books announced the winner of its Little Free Library sweepstakes today. A 15-year-old Boy Scout from Harlingen, TX struggle to find an Eagle Scout project with meaning until he learned about Little Free Library [LFL], an Innovations in Reading Prize-winner.

"What a great concept and way to give back to my community. If you look at the LFL world map there is only one library in our entire region. You can certainly see a void for hundreds of miles in every direction. My dad always tells me to try and leave a legacy and that’s what I hope to do with this project. My goal isn’t to just build one LFL but to start a movement in the Valley with LFLs in our region."

The prize was judged by Riverhead authors and voted on by the public. Read more of his winning entry here.

Can you guess which major American artist contributed the cover art for our 2011 National Book Awards program book? Hint: he currently is the subject of a huge retrospective at the @whitneymuseum! 
#tbt #NBAwards #books #bookstagram #art #painting #?

Can you guess which major American artist contributed the cover art for our 2011 National Book Awards program book? Hint: he currently is the subject of a huge retrospective at the @whitneymuseum!
#tbt #NBAwards #books #bookstagram #art #painting #?

Read more from Tolstoy’s Letter to a Hindu at Brain Pickings.

Read more from Tolstoy’s Letter to a Hindu at Brain Pickings.

An important reminder of the vital role of the public library in a community’s well being.
"Your ability to imagine that there is a market has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist. And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color."

— Ken Chen at NPR, discussing the need for diversity in literature and at publishing houses.