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Best of 2013

Best Books of 2013

We’ve checked the stacks and come up with an incredible list of the best books of 2013. Our biggest end of year list ever!

Passages: Those We Loved & Lost in 2013

Our saddest article of the year. Spending time thinking about the literary lights that went out during 2013.

Vancouver and Montreal Named Best Libraries

Where are the best libraries in the world? According to a new German study, the two top libraries in the world are in Canadian cities.


Authors: “Surveillance of Personal Data is Theft”
Over 500 authors have made “a stand for democracy in the digital age” by signing a Change.org petition “to launch an appeal in defense of civil liberties against surveillance by corporations and governments.”

Reading to the End of Time
What were you reading while the world ended? Here’s our lists.

Alice Munro and her Editing Team
Known for her spare and powerful prose, it’s a little difficult to imagine anyone editing Alice Munro at all.

The Fifty Shades Baby Bump
It’s a little distressing to discover that the phenomenal success of the erotica series Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James will have a lasting (if unexpected) impact on the culture.

Writing Out the Storm
Writers whose lives were upended by Hurricane Sandy yet wrote through it.

Notes from a Bestseller: Robert J. Sawyer Offers Advice to New Authors
When a beginning writer experienced the wound of rejection, bestselling author Robert J. Sawyer had some words of advice.

His Own Sweet Time: Joseph Mitchell’s Omnibus 20 Years On
A two-part feature looking back at the career of Joseph Mitchell, a renowned staff writer for The New Yorker, two decades after the release of his last collection of essays.

Fiction to Mark the Anniversary
Ten years later, media outlets and publishers are remembering the day in different ways. It’s not an easy thing to do.

Lest We Forget: Pearl Harbor Christmas
Seventy years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Noted historian Stanley Weintraub remembers in Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941.

The Return of the Beautiful Book
With the entire print publishing industry under threat from electronic fronts, the most correct response might just be for the industry to create more beautiful books. In a lengthy and well-considered piece in the Guardian, Kathryn Hughes explores the idea of, not fewer books, but more beautiful ones.

Detectives in a Literary Deathmatch
Okay: so it’s silly as anything, but still kind of fun. In an all out battle between good ol’ Sherlock and everyone’s favorite Miss Marple, who would kick whose keister?

The Day the Paperback Died
Never mind the death of the book, it’s the death of the paperback we’re most concerned with right now.

A Banned Books Reading List
Want a good starting point? According to the Banned Books Week web site, “More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.” That’s an awful big list. But the 10 most challenged titles of 2010 provide the basis for an awesome reading list for you and the children in your life. Happy reading!

Read a Banned Book Now!
One of the things we love most about Banned Books Week is it gives us an opportunity to think about -- and hopefully to read -- a banned book. It’s a wonderful chance to make lemonade. After all, a lot of thought and energy goes in to having books removed from libraries and schools. I can’t think of a better way to reward those efforts than by giving the books that have been banned extra attention and making sure they’re read and even purchased.

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