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Catch up on this week's literary links.

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Photo: Home Alone. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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!


Gloria Steinem, renowned activist, journalist, and feminist, releases My Life on the Road, (her first book in 20 years!) about her life as a “traveling feminist.”

Steadily growing in popularity, adult coloring books have become all the rage. While most millennials leave their creative hobbies behind once they begin college and their careers, coloring books are a great way to release stress and return to your imaginative roots. (Check out Johanna Bedford’s new release, Lost Ocean.)

Bill Nye, the world’s favorite science guy, talks about the future of missions to Mars in his new work, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World. 

From Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish to Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, the National Book Awards Finalists for Young People’s Literature will crown the best of the best YA novels from the past year on November 18th (oh, and the winning author will be going home with a sweet $10,000 prize).

Embracing a digital-first mentality, HarperCollins’ HarperOne has launched a new imprint, HarperLegend. Primarily focusing on fiction titles, the digital imprint will also be accepting un-agented manuscripts.

Fans of the holiday classic Home Alone will want to get their hands on a new illustrated storybook based on the movie in honor of the 25th anniversary since the films release. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.

Okay, The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is insane. In this interactive kidlit book, the reader becomes the main character, starting out in a galaxy far, far away looking for home with a robot friend. As the story goes on, the book actually uses technology to locate the child’s neighborhood, showing familiar landmarks and their actual street. Mind. Blown.

Author Paul Theroux tells The New York Times one of his favorite travel books of all time is Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon.

On the Origin of Species, the 1859 text upon which we base our understanding of evolution, has been voted the most influential book on academia in history. Way to go, Darwin.

Book sorters from Seattle and New York battle it out, sorting up to 200 books a minute, to win the title of fastest book sorter in the country.

Amazon editors have completed their “best of” list for books this year. Coming out at number one? Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies.

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Check back next week for more bookish links!

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