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Friday Reads

Catch up on this week's literary links.

Friday Reads

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Whether you’re looking for bookish events this weekend or up-to-the-minute releases, we’ve got you covered on the book front. Happy reading!


With Halloween coming up next Saturday, get some literary-themed inspiration for your costume!

With the release of the Jim Kay illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Store, HP news is hot. Here’s some more—the first coloring book to bring all your favorite scenes to life.

Speaking of Harry Potter … Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) just released another mystery novel—Career of Evil—once again staring ace detective Cormoran Strike. (The Guardian has an excerpt of the first chapter.)

Check out the growing culture of cosplay and fandoms at the New York Historical Society’s “Superheroes in Gotham” exhibit, going on through February.

Celebrated children’s author Mo Willems will be releasing his latest Elephant & Piggie book I Really Like Slop on October 27. Check out the funny guy and kids cook up some (not so) delicious slop in this video.

A Pew Research Center study showed that (sadly) 28% of Americans have not read a book in the past year, rising 7% since 2011. Those who do read averaged 12 books a year, with millennials reading the most at 80%.

Cleopatra biographer Stacy Schiff says she is currently reading Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir. Her favorite literary hero is Tom Sawyer, and she loves travel writer Norman Lewis. Her new book, The Witches, a history of the Salem Witch Trials, publishes next week.

U.S. 2nd Court of Appeals finds Google Book Search bits within “fair use” of copyright law.

For all those who stared longingly at their fireplace waiting for Santa while a menorah glowed in the window—Amanda Peet has written a children’s book about a young Jewish girl wishing for Christmas. Peet wrote the story to make sense of various traditions after her children expressed feeling left out by not celebrating the holiday.

If you’re around the Midwest, make your way to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to see some seriously skilled artists and incredible book art. Check out the calendar of events, which includes educational classes, open studios, artist programs, and wine and book events.

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Check back next week for more bookish links!

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