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Zadie Smith on Politics, Drag and Good Cakes

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The event with Zadie Smith was the first John Adams event after the election, so Joost de Vries started out the interview asking Smith where she was the night of the election. She’d been at home and went to bed before the results were even made official. ‘We should have known’, she said. ‘People in the […]
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Book Empire Vol. 143

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All the book news you need to know on a need-to-know basis. Chad Michael Murray wrote a romance novel. Matt Bell talks about his new collection of short stories. Books that explore the boundaries of language. Teju Cole on life beyond politics. Dystopian novels to read after the 2016 election. Vulture recommends books that are […]
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Book Empire Vol.142

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All the book news you need to know on a need-to-know basis. R.L. Stine – maker of teenage nightmares – is working on a Marvel comic. Electric Literature is kickstarting a literary card game. These are the five best books on Marie Antoinette. Harpers Bazaar looks back on the literary brat-pack of the 80’s. Roxanne […]
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Book Club Poll #35

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We were in the mood for short stories to read in December and figured that a little strangeness would be perfect for the cold winter months. We picked two authors, one of which is Charlotte’s childhood favorite, who are known for writing weird and sometimes scary stories. We’re already looking forward to huddling under a […]
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Book Empire Vol. 141

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All the book news you need to know, on a need-to-know basis. On Ol’ Hallows Eve, someone is going to stay in Dracula’s Castle thanks to Airbnb and Bram Stoker’s nephew. Read an excerpt from Jeff vanderMeer’s next novel Borne. Did you also blow through the new season of Black Mirror? Here are some books […]
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YA Book Club Zombie Round 3

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We’re down to just six books in our YA zombie round and they’re all pretty darn great! Unfortunately we can read only one of these books for our December book club, so we need to cut three more in time for our meeting in November. We’ve added some completely out of context Goodreads reviews, just […]
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Jonathan Safran Foer on Marriage and Ultimate Choices

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Bestselling author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer, visited Amsterdam to talk about his latest novel Here I Am. The John Adams Institute hosted the event in a sold out Paradiso, and we were one of the lucky few who got our hands on tickets! Moderator of the […]
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Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Books?

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I can hear people gasp at the audacity of this question; of course there’s no such thing as too many books! I used to exclaim that loudly and proudly. As a young child I decided I was going to collect ALL the books and if I’m ever doubting my own determination I just need to […]