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The Globalization of the National Book Awards

The National Book Awards, among the most prestigious literary prizes, are going global. Starting this year, the National Book Foundation will recognize works in…

Crafting a Convincing Book Proposal

O ne of the joys of academic life is contributing to the canon of a field and knowing that other people will read your words and, perhaps, change their…

Teaching the Art of Reading in the Digital Era

(Illustration: MVM) "What queer disease is this," wrote the late-19th-century psychologist William James, "of holding things and staring at them like that for…

The Incredible Shrinking Book Exhibit

T he Modern Language Association’s annual convention is not so much a conference as a traveling city. For four days each year, more than 5,000 members of one of…

Print book sales rose 1.9% in 2017

In what amounts to faint praise for the strength of the physical book NPD reported that print book sales rose 1.9 percent in 2017, less than the 3 percent…

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Ph.D.s Are Still Writing Poorly, Part 1

A s the rain pounded Houston this fall, I camped out in a conference room on the third floor of the library of an excellent liberal-arts college. I’d been…

Ph.D.s Are Still Writing Poorly, Part 2

D ear Pretenure Faculty Member: You were an excellent student, a deep thinker, curious, maybe a little quirky. You loved learning and got interested — so…

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