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2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Poetry

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This week we’re bringing you the longlist via the New Yorker for the National Book Awards 2018. So far we’ve had fiction, young people’s literature, and translated literature but today we’re looking at the poetry nominations.

The longlist for poetry is an eclectic collection with a range of poetry styles and collections. Some we’ve heard of, some poets are new to us, but we do know that if it’s in the longlist then it’s almost guaranteed to be a fantastic collection.

And here it is, the National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry 2018:

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Word of the Day – Gonzo

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Gonzo (adj)


Relating to or denoting journalism of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style.

Bizarre or crazy.

1970s: perhaps from Italian gonzo ‘foolish’ or Spanish ganso ‘goose, fool’.

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New York Public Library Launches Insta Novels

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The New York Public Library is posting versions of classic books along with accompanying animations to its Instagram page in the form of Instagram stories to help encourage the digital generation to read more.

The Insta Novels are part of the NYPL’s new social media initiative to turn Instagram’s stories function into book pages. You can check out the new idea on their Instastory, right here.
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West Virginian Library Reverses Decision Not to Stock Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’

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A few days ago, it was reported that the Morgan County Public Library in Berkeley Springs, W.Va was refusing to stock the newly released, and much sought after, Bob Woodward book Fear, which takes a critical look at Trump’s time as POTUS. However, following an enormous backlash from local residents, which soon saw the story make headlines, the library has confirmed it will be lending out Fear.

Despite only being published last Friday, Fear has already proven to be one of the biggest books of the year and reportedly sold over 750,000 copies within its first day of sales, it is also the fastest-selling adult book since Harper Lee’s 2015 book Go Set a Watchmen.
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2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Translated Literature

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This week we’re bringing you the longlist via the New Yorker for the National Book Awards 2018. So far we’ve had fiction and young people’s literature but today we’re featuring the longlist for translated literature.

In previous years the National Book Awards has not awarded a prize for translated literature so this is the inaugural prize in this category. Many of the books have already received favourable attention around the literary world and now they are back in the limelight today.

We still have poetry and nonfiction to go but for today here’s the longlist for translated literature.

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Word of the Day – Obsequience

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Obsequience (noun)


Compliance, obsequiousness, deference.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Maunder (1785–1849), compiler of reference works. Probably from classical Latin obsequentia obsequence, remodelled after obsequious. Compare French obséquience.

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First Full Length Trailer for Mary Poppins Returns

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Back in March we brought you the news that P L Travers’ most famous creation, Mary Poppins was heading back to the big screen in Mary Poppins returns. That announcement came with a teaser trailer but now we have the first full length trailer in anticipation of the new movie.

It’s over 50 years since the original film adaptation with Julie Andrews in the starring role. This time Emily Blunt is picking up the mantel as Mary Poppins returns to London to help the Banks’ family once more.

Here’s the trailer, what do you think?

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The Duchess of Sussex Supports Grenfell Cookbook

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Meghan, the new Duchess of Sussex has been making secret trips to the Hubb kitchen, a community mosque where residents got together to cook for victims of the tragedy, particularly those who were left in hotels without cooking facilities.

The group were getting together twice a week to cook family meals, bringing the community together and after a suggestion from the Duchess will now be releasing a cookbook for charity.

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The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature

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The National Book Awards 2018 is upon us and this week the New Yorker has been publishing the longlists for each category. Yesterday we brought you the National Book Awards longlist for fiction, and what a longlist it is, today it’s time for Young People’s Literature with ten longlisted books for you to peruse.

As always it’s an exciting list and as we all know, YA isn’t just for kids so why not pick your favourite and give it a read! Here’s the full longlist for Young People’s Literature.

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Word of the Day – Refect

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Refect (verb) (archaic)


To refresh (another, oneself), especially with food or drink; to restore from weariness or fatigue.

Late 15th century; earliest use found in Hary (c1440–c1492), poet. From classical Latin refect-, past participial stem of reficere to restore, repair, to renew, to revive, to refresh, in later use after refection. Compare earlier refect and also refete.

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