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U.S. Wartime Propaganda Posters & African Americans Since 1926, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has chosen the theme for Black History month. This year they have selected “African Americans in time of War”. We have put together a gallery to show African Americans in U.S. wartime propaganda posters. The U.S. government has used propaganda …

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day A “Day On, Not a Day Off” MLK Day is a day of service. In fact, it is the only federal holiday observed as a ‘day on, not a day off’. Aptly observed on the 3rd Monday of January, MLK Day presents the perfect opportunity to start out the new year by thinking of others. As a wise man …

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Readers Return to Dystopian Books “Alternative Facts” and Orwell  When Kelly Anne Conway first used the term “Alternative facts” to defend the Trump administration’s claims, many were struck by its similarity to Orwell’s “newspeak” and “doublethink”. Her bewildering assertion was the catalyst for dystopian books to re-enter the charts. For instance, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 shot up nearly 10000% after her CNN interview. His book was not the only one to see their …

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Bookish Holiday Tradition: Jolabokaflod What Iceland lacks in land mass, they make up for in letters. Many, many letters. Eyjafjallajökull became the most mispronounced news story of 2010 when it erupted and disrupted air travel.  Byggingarverkfræðingur is a 22-letter(!) word that simply means “civil engineer”.   And, of course, Bjork, which is not as difficult to say, but nearly impossible to …

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Banned Books Week 2016 September 25th – October 1st Banned Books Week is finally here! Hideaway Books is proud to support The Banned Books Week Coalition and to celebrate THE FREEDOM TO READ. The History & Mission So what is Banned Books Week all about & how did this start? Well…Library activist Judith Krug started Banned Books Week in 1982, …

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Record for Longest Line of Books Established in Southwest England Wimborne, England has a few claims to fame: inventor of the World Wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, was born there, Montague John Druitt, one of the people suspected of being Jack the Ripper was born and buried there, and the southern town boasts the highest life expectancy in the UK. You’d …

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Printed Book Sales Rise For First Time In 4 Years Great News For Booksellers! The introduction of the Kindle in 2007 ushered in a new age for the humble book and many people assumed it would spell the end for the “printed” word, but according to recent figures, the death of the medium may be premature. For the first time …