Month: January 2016

2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival Slated for Sept. 24

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Kwame Alexander, Newt Gingrich, Philip Glass, Annette Gordon-Reed, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, Luis Alberto Urrea, Bob Woodward Among Participants

The Library of Congress continues its annual celebration of authors and readers, the National Book Festival, for its 16th year on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All programs will be free of charge.

“The National Book Festival is a day for all to celebrate the joy and power of reading by connecting with their favorite authors and discovering new ones,” said acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “No matter your age or favorite type of book, there is something at the National Book Festival for you. The Library is grateful to the generous sponsors who make this day of fun and discovery free to all attendees.”

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private- and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival may contact the Library at

Many authors have already accepted the festival’s invitations this year, and they include:

  • Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner
  • Douglas Brinkley, prize-winning historian
  • Christopher Buckley, author of such satirical works as “Thank You for Smoking”
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author
  • Philip Glass, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Winston Groom, author of “Forrest Gump”
  • Stephen King, best-selling, prize-winning author and literacy advocate
  • James McBride, National Book Award winner
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
  • Joyce Carol Oates, prize-winning author of more than 70 books
  • Ed Piskor, alternative comics artist
  • Michael Ramirez, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Diane Rehm, NPR host and author
  • Salman Rushdie, Man Booker Prize winner
  • Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Bob Woodward, Pulitzer prize winner and author of 17 No. 1 best-sellers
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, prize-winning author of “The Devil’s Highway”
  • Gene Luen Yang, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Additional authors will be announced in the coming months.

The National Book Festival poster will be designed this year by Yuko Shimizu, an illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has appeared on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, Visa card billboards and Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on book covers for Penguin, Scholastic and DC Comics. She has published work in the pages of The New York Times, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and many other publications.

The festival will feature more than 100 distinguished authors across many fields and in all genres of writing, with audiences ranging from young readers to adults. The festival will continue to feature its popular offerings dedicated to Children, Teens, Contemporary Life, History & Biography, Fiction & Mystery, Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Science, Poetry & Prose and Culinary Arts.

For more information, see the National Book Festival website at The National Book Festival App is available for iPhone and iPad at the iPhone App store and for Android at the Google Play Store. Attendees with smartphones not compatible with either iOS or Android may use a fully functional web version of the app. Links to all are available at Follow us on Twitter @librarycongress with hashtag #NatBookFest.


The MIT Press for 2016

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Just received their Economics & Finance catalog for 2016. About 136 titles available.

Library of Congress Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Literacy Awards

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Deadline Is March 31

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.

The awards, which were initiated by Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. The awards seek to recognize organizations doing exemplary, innovative and easily replicable work over a sustained period of time and to encourage new groups, organizations and individuals to become involved in promoting reading and literacy.

The application rules and a downloadable application form may be accessed at Applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern time on March 31, 2016.

Last year’s winners were:

  • The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000): First Book
  • The American Prize ($50,000): United Through Reading
  • The International Prize ($50,000): Beanstalk

More information about these organizations and 14 other literacy organization leaders is available in “Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2015: Best Practices.”

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program is administered by the Library’s Center for the Book. Final selection of prize winners will be made by the Librarian of Congress with recommendations from an advisory board of literacy experts.

Three prizes will be awarded in 2016:

  • The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services. This award may be given to any organization based either inside or outside the United States.
  • The American Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy. This award may be given to any organization that is based in the United States.
  • The International Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization or national entity that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. This award may be given to any organization that is based in a country outside the United States.

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” is a public-private partnership. It sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions.

Meet the Winners of the Title Contest and Honorary Author Contest for the Taylor Swift Fan Book to be Published by Simon & Schuster

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New York, NY, January 27, 2016 – Simon & Schuster is thrilled to announce the results of the title contest and the honorary author contest for its crowdsourced book ( to celebrate Taylor Swift’s first ten years as an artist.

The winner of the $2,500 title contest is Tenay Barker, who submitted the perfect title for the book:

Taylor Swift: This Is Our Song

A native of Buda, Texas, Ms. Barker is currently a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is studying computer science and hopes to be as great a role model as Taylor is someday. “I have always been a fan of Taylor Swift,” Barker says. “My title tries to express the way that Taylor and her fans have grown as one over the course of her incredible journey. She has been so dedicated to us, and we have been so dedicated to her, and I am so ecstatic that we can to do something for her tenth anniversary by creating this book.” Tenay may be congratulated on Twitter at @TenayBarker.

The winner of the $10,000 honorary author contest is Tyler Conroy, who submitted the following video:

Tyler Conroy, twenty-three, was born and raised in Conway, Massachusetts. A 2014 graduate of Iona College, where he directed and starred in the first ever Taylor Swift musical, Mr. Conroy has attended nineteen Taylor Swift shows and personally met Swift three times. At one meeting in 2013, he asked Swift to write the word fearless in her handwriting and he later got it tattooed onto his foot. “I am so excited to be selected as the honorary author,” says Conroy. “I love Swifties, they’re the most supportive and caring people in the world, and I’m honored to be able to represent them and everything it means to be a Swiftie. I can’t wait to meet so many new people and begin this journey to show just how impactful Taylor Swift’s career has been not just in the music industry but in the lives of her fans. She made being different cool and for someone who’s always seen myself as different, she’s given me a reason to stay fearless.” Tyler may be congratulated on Twitter at @tyvid5.

In addition to naming the winners, Simon & Schuster announced that, due to the large volume of high-quality submissions, over the coming weeks it will invite a number of additional fans who submitted compelling videos to become advisors and ambassadors for the book. If they choose to participate, these fans will be paid $500 each and may be named in the book in exchange for assisting with and completing certain editorial tasks to be determined by the publisher, and for helping to spread the word about the book generally.

The next contest, which runs from February 1 to March 1, is the $5,000 cover design contest. For more information, click here. If contestants wish to use text on their cover entries, this is the official title, subtitle, and author:

Title: Taylor Swift

Subtitle: This Is Our Song

Honorary Author: Tyler Conroy

Simon & Schuster advises entrants that effective book covers do not always use a lot of text, instead relying more on original imagery, so contestants are not obligated to use all of the available text for their cover design. Simon & Schuster is looking for the best overall cover based on the contest’s judging criteria.

*This book is a tribute to Taylor Swift, but she is not involved in its creation, nor has she authorized, sponsored, or endorsed it. *

Stanford sends us mail

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And we appreciate being included.

Barnes & Noble Reports Holiday Sales Results

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New York, NY (January 7, 2016)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today reported sales for the nine-week holiday period ending January 2, 2016. Core comparable store sales, which exclude NOOK products, increased 1.6%, marking the second consecutive holiday increase.

“We are pleased with the performance of our bookstores during the holiday period, with core comparable store sales increasing 1.6% on top of a 1.7% increase a year ago,” said Ron Boire, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc.  “We were also encouraged by the improved performance of during December, as the site remained stable and traffic improved through the holiday period. As we look ahead, we see further opportunities to improve the experience and increase conversion on”

Retail sales, which include Barnes & Noble stores and, were $1.1 billion, decreasing 0.8% due to lower online sales and store closures.  Comparable store sales, including NOOK products, increased 0.6% for the holiday period.

NOOK sales of $41.2 million decreased 25.8%.  Digital content sales were $21.3 million and device and accessory sales were $19.9 million for the holiday period.

Based on the holiday sales results, the Company continues to expect fiscal 2016 core comparable store sales to increase approximately 1%, and comparable store sales to be approximately flat.  The Company also continues to expect full fiscal year EBITDA losses in the NOOK segment to decline versus the prior year.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. will report third quarter results on or about March 3, 2016

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, ( The NOOK Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK ( and UK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

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