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London’s Tiniest Library Opens as Part of the London Design Festival

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The London Design Festival is taking over the capital for the 15th year right now and that means weird and wonderful art installations popping up all over the city. From playcastles to light shows, design trails and everything in between what caught out eye is the micro library on London’s South Bank.

This month London’s South Bank will be host to a micro-cabin of literature; the smallest library in the capital, measuring a rather tiny 3.5 square metres. The library will be home to books telling the story of London’s rich history covering everything from ancient tomes to modern day classics that reflect the city and its history.

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Leader of Azeri Exclave Recommends His People Read Hemingway and Jack London

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Vasif Talibov, supreme assembly chairman of the landlocked Azeri exclave of Nakhchivan, has published a list of books which he believes all citizens should read. As the BBC reports (via Minval.az), the list includes 30 books which include authors from Azeri and medieval Eastern authors as well as some well known Western writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Jack London. Read More

5 Books For The American History Fanatic

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For many people history is compelling and fascinating, as well as utterly horrifying. In the UK and the US in particular we are not always told the whole truth of our history, often for shameful reasons, and for fear of losing patriotism.

It is important to understand what our nations did, and how we became the powerful countries we are today. The sacrifices made by our ancestors, as well as the now-abhorrent action taken in the name of progress cannot and should not be ignored.

To truly understand why certain people feel certain ways, and why others are treated the way they are to this day is related directly to our past. We start with American history- land of the free and home of the brave- But how did they get to that point?

These American history books are a fascinating look into how America became the multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual powerhouse she is today.

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Guggenheim Releases Over 200 Downloadable Art Books

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An online catalogue of over 200 art books has been released by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and all are free to download for the art-loving public. Art lovers from around the world are given the opportunity to freely download art books on great creative minds such as Klimt, Picasso, Lichtenstein, Rothko, and Kandinsky, among many others. A broad range of artistic forms and expressions are available to discover from classic sculpture to futurism, and beyond!

The archive website states:

“As a vital part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s mission as an educational institution, the Guggenheim Museum’s Publications Department publishes books and catalogues to document its exhibitions and collections.”

Art is a wonderful thing to be able to share and we hope you take some time to visit the website and find something that inspires you. Meanwhile, have a peek at some of the gorgeous art book covers below to see what is available to download…

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The 10 Coolest Books on African Culture

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African culture is very diverse, beautiful, and it can be shocking sometimes. African ethnicity is extremely complicated. According to rough estimates, the continent has about 50 nations and nationalities, and 3 thousand different tribes speaking a thousand languages.

There are so many interesting books by African writers. If you are interested in African culture, here is a top 10 best novels about Africa. Read More

5 Fantastic Finds for Reading Addicts with Sight or Hearing Impairments

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Those with sight and hearing impairments have various systems to use in order to communicate including sign language and braille.

An early record of the idea of sign language was by philosopher Socrates who said: “If we hadn’t a voice or a tongue, and wanted to express things to one another, wouldn’t we try to make signs by moving our hands, head, and the rest of our body..?”

In Western societies it was as early as the 17th century when hand and finger movements were used to spell out words. The systems have evolved rapidly and now people with hearing impairments have the freedom to communicate as they please. The only disability is when those of us who have no such impairment have, for our shame, not learnt any sign language ourselves…

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Che Guevara’s Reading List

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Ernesto “Che” Guevara (14th of June 1928 to 9th of October 1967) was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, and has since become a pervasive symbol of counterculture and rebellion in popular culture. He became radicalised by the poverty and unfair treatment he witnessed as he travelled Latin America. Che has since become a polarised figure in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, songs, and films.

Che was a well read and well travelled, intelligent man who often found mental refuge in literature. His reading list offers an insight into the deep thinking man he was, and reflects much of his ideals.

His choice of reading material influenced him greatly and makes for a fascinating list. We have compiled 10 of the most interesting of Che Guevara’s choices for your enjoyment and interest…

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Mary Anning and the History of a Tongue Twister

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Tongue Twisters are great, such fun as you try to bend your tongue around difficult rhymes and verses. Possibly one of the most famous tongue twisters of all time is about a woman who sells sea shells and it’s likely you’ve heard it, but you might not know that the ‘She’ in the tongue twister was a real woman, and she changed the face of science forever! Read More

Weird Books for Strange Folks

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It is said you can tell a lot about a person by the choice of books they read, and seeing as though you are here to peruse this freakish list, I can only imagine what sort of strange and wonderful person you are.

I am imagining some sort of bookish Gomez or Morticia Addams….

If you love a good spooky story, or are fascinated by the strange real-life events that have occurred throughout history, this is the list for you. From freak-shows or taxidermy, to hauntings or crematorium goings on, we have something for every weirdo here.

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Top Graphic Novel Anti-Heroes According to You.

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Graphic novels and comic books can be a mildly contentious issue for readers and lovers of literature. Are they ‘real books’? Should they be included in reading lists, or have their own separate genre as they’re considered such an alternative medium? Are they just a colourful distraction for children to pore over and then discard?

I believe comic books are a valid form of literature, and should be considered far more than pulp or just for children. According to Scott McCloud in his book Understanding Comics, the heady mix of stunning or often action-packed artworks and engaging story is a higher form of participatory reading.

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