Link of the Week | The Scholarly Kitchen

In 2008, the Society for Scholarly Publishing started writing The Scholarly Kitchen, an independent blog that highlights “what’s hot and cooking in scholarly publishing.” Moderated by society members, the blog is one part ideas and two parts commentary, scrambled into easy-to-digest articles for academically-inclined readers. (Okay, no more food analogies. Ruin my fun, why don’t you.) Continue reading “Link of the Week | The Scholarly Kitchen”

Link of the Week | PBS NewsHour & New York Times Book Club


Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing “brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America [with] an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle.” David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon “revisits a shocking series of [true] crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood.” Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West follows “remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are.”

What do these books have in common? It isn’t genre, pub date, or subject matter…but all three were critically acclaimed titles and finalists for various prizes. Running out of guesses? OK, I’ll tell you! These books were the January, February, and March selections of the new PBS NewsHour – New York Times book club! Continue reading “Link of the Week | PBS NewsHour & New York Times Book Club”

Link of the Week | “20 Quirks & Strange Habits, the Weird Side of Famous Writers”

Happy Snow Day, everyone! Kim and I hope you’re warm and snuggly somewhere with a hot drink and a book. What are you reading? Kafka? Woolf? Austen? Did you know Kafka usually wrote through the night? Or that Woolf wrote for two-and-a-half hours every morning? Austen liked to imagine her characters living and working and breathing beyond her books. You can learn all of this and more in writer Jack Milgram’s latest and greatest infographic! Continue reading “Link of the Week | “20 Quirks & Strange Habits, the Weird Side of Famous Writers””

Link of the Week | Harry Potter: A History of Magic at The British Library


To the great sorrow of many Potterheads, The British Library’s sold-out show, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, closed last Wednesday. The display, which marked the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, featured rare books, manuscripts, and “magical objects” from the library’s collection – mementos featuring the “traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.” Original drafts by J.K. Rowling and illustrations from Jim Kay were also placed alongside a large, 16th-century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create the Philosopher’s Stone. Good news, however, for those people who were unable to fly to London. The British Library just uploaded the exhibition to Google Arts & Culture! Continue reading “Link of the Week | Harry Potter: A History of Magic at The British Library”

Link of the Week | Signature


Signature, founded in 2015 by Penguin Random House, is a reading and culture website for people interested in making “well-read sense of the world.” Paying close attention to trends and current events, Signature recommends books that delve into newsworthy topics like blockbuster movies, scientific breakthroughs, and elections. “We believe that books remain at the core of what educates and inspires us,” says the site, “and can be used to help us better grasp the world in which we live.” Continue reading “Link of the Week | Signature”