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So What Exactly Does “Banned Book” Mean?

I’m glad you asked! As you may have noticed, this past week, from September 27th to October 3rd, the American Library Association and readers everywhere have been celebrating Banned Books Week. That means we’ve been taking this week to promote the importance of readers having access to all kinds of books and information. Censorship and banning books takes away readers’ rights to choose and think for themselves. But how do books get banned and what does it mean to be “banned”?

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A Geekette’s BEA 2015 Haul: ALL of the Books!

booktowerSome of you may have considered going to Book Expo America, but aren’t sure exactly what it is, or were deterred by the price or the lines. What it is, is LITERAL. TOWERS. OF. BOOKS!!! There are stacks of galleys piled on the floor and you run through and grab one of each. There are also authors giving away books at signings. I brought home 32 books, eleven of which were signed by their authors, and an overwhelming portion of which were advanced reader’s copies.  Continue reading A Geekette’s BEA 2015 Haul: ALL of the Books!

An Overview of BEA and BookCon 2015

Book Expo America 2015, a convention for members of the publishing industry, took place on Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29. Authors, booksellers, bloggers, educators, and more gather to network, attend panels and signings, and pick up lots and lots of free books. BookCon was started last year as a continuation of the event but open to the public and more geared to the interests of non-professionals in the world of books. This year’s BEA event was very special for us, since it was the largest gathering of DG writers to date! Here are some of our impressions of the event: Continue reading An Overview of BEA and BookCon 2015

Yesterday’s mourning.

If you have a taste for the macabre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire is a little polished gem of jet for those with perhaps a bleaker mindset, but also for those who simply possess an interest in the history of costume and fashion.

Mid-19th-century mourning (and half-mourning) attire from Death Becomes Her.

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