As highly esteemed experts have been saying for many years, book publishing is undergoing many technological shifts. It’s in a constant state of flux. But literary culture, especially in New York City, is alive and well and essential. — “Books, New York, and The Internet: A Love Story,” by Maris Kreizman
I was a shy girl, but when I read, I was adventurous. Books made me bolder. — Roxane Gay, in “The Books That Made Me Who I Am”
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The old canard that guides journalism, repeated with heavy sarcasm to anyone stretching the rules—never let the truth get the way of a good story—has some serious limitations in fiction. In the alternate space of fiction, the truth is the good story. — George Lerner, author of The Ambassadors, in “We Interrupt This Broadcast: How a TV Producer Learned to Write Fiction,” at The Daily Beast
That adults are reading young-adult books does not necessarily augur badly for the state of fiction or intellectual life. What does seem discouraging is that this literary debate is one of the liveliest going on these days. — Margaret Talbot’s ”Meant for Kids,” at the New Yorker
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(We’ll publish her book The Art of the English Murder in October, but you can win a copy of it from Goodreads now.)
1. Richard was the only Northcountry man to ever rule over England.
2. He was the only English King — other than Harold — to be defeated and killed in battle.
3. Most of what historians know about Richard’s personality comes from the very short period of his usurpation from April to July 1483.
4. Richard III was closely related to the majority of his aristocracy — something few English Kings have ever experienced, and suggesting the seriousness of their hatred for him
5. Ironically, Richard III’s motto was “Loyalty binds me.”
6. There were two plays on Richard III created before Shakespeare’s iconic work. The first, Richardus Tertius, is the earliest known history play in England, and the second, The True Tragedy of Richard III, is believed to have influenced Shakespeare’s own play.
7. Richard’s elder brother George, Duke of Clarence, was sentenced to death by drowning in his favorite wine for acts of treason against Edward IV.
Learn more about the infamous king in Desmond Seward’s Richard III: Black Legend.
I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries. — Stephen King
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