Literary gardens, book museums, and more

August 14, 2015

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Mark your calendars for the National Book Festival held in Washington D.C., which is celebrating its 15-year anniversary. The theme for this year is a quote from Thomas Jefferson: “I Cannot Live Without Books.” The theme coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Library of Congress’s acquisition of Jefferson’s personal library.

Sinologist and translator Mai Ashour explains why Chinese Literature is steadily gaining popularity in Egypt.

Children’s book author Ann McGovern died at 85 years old. McGovern wrote over 50 books, including Stone Soup and Too Much Noise, which won a Caldecott Medal for illustrator Simms Taback.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize honored Gloria Steinem as the recipient of the 2015 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. 2013 Puterbaugh fellow Maaza Mengiste was the fiction runner-up for this prize in 2011.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Bustle compiled a list of the 9 best museums in the world for book lovers.

This new, free app, Shelfie, helps you receive free or discounted digital copies of the physical books you own.

Senior Editor for Vintage Classics at Penguin, Frances Macmillan, shared her favorite works of literature with excellent gardens.

There’s nothing quite like the pairing of food and books, and the Guardian curated a list of its top 10 books about food.

The Huffington Post featured 12 books that should lift your spirits if you’re feeling down. The list includes everything from graphic novel to memoir to picture books.