Grab your aprons, Fort Bend County foodies. Prepare to be inspired by these free Cookbook Club online offerings

Let’s hear it for home cooking, ya’ll. The creative folks at the Fort Bend County Library system have whipped a new batch of fresh ideas sure to thrill curious home chefs, experimental bakers  and homemade-pasta makers of all ages and experience levels with their now-available online Cookbook Book Club gatherings. So, fetch the heavy table-top mixer from […]

Five-and-a-half-year-old girl climbs 5 forts in a day, sets world record

A senior kindergarten student at Ryan International School in Nerul, Harshiti achieved the feat on January 26. Accompanied by her parents, Kaviraj and Nivedita, Harshiti started the trek at 5.30 a.m. from Shrivardhan fort and covered Manaranjan fort, Visapur fort, and Lohagad fort before finishing her journey at the top of Tikona fort at 4.30 […]

‘I literally weep’: anguish as New Zealand’s National Library culls 600,000 books

Some treasures have already been saved. While trawling the cull lists, writer Chris Bourke found a first-edition copy of Jack Keruouc’s On the Road, which sells for upwards of NZ$1,000. That copy has now been rescued by a North Island library, while the entire Holocaust collection has been claimed by New Zealand’s Holocaust centre, after […]

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor – review

And in pursuit of making it, he ventures down byways that not even the most avid visitors to the museum are likely to have explored. To be sure, many of the collection’s most iconic treasures are brought on stage to take a twirl: the Nineveh friezes, the Rosetta stone, the helmet from Sutton Hoo. Others, […]

Like Christmas: New Zealand’s post-Covid books boom

Auē, winner of the Ockham award, remains the best-selling New Zealand novel, according to Nielsen; with Shayne Carter’s memoir and Elizabeth Knox’s The Absolute Book remaining popular, as well as older New Zealand classics such as Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.

Eat, Pray, Love author nominated for £30,000 Wellcome book prize

Awarded to the best book of the last year “which leads on a medical theme”, the Wellcome prize can be awarded to fiction or non-fiction titles. This year Gilbert makes the final lineup for her story of heroine Alma’s Victorian botanical odyssey. The Signature of All Things is the sole novel to be shortlisted for […]

Cat Deeley’s book of joy

In between danceIn June this year, Deeley announced that the 17th season of So You Think You Can Dance had been cancelled because of pandemic-related restrictions. Understandably, the fans, much like Deeley, were also heartbroken. For the 15 seasons that she’s been a part of the show, it’s been a source of constant happiness in […]

Wellcome book prize goes to Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree

Solomon uses the book, which is subtitled “a dozen kinds of love”, to investigate different types of family, including children born of rape, children convicted of crime, transgender people, deafness, dwarves, Down’s syndrome, schizophrenia and disability. The author said he was accepting the prize on the behalf of the families he interviewed while writing the […]

Henrietta Lacks’s legacy lives on as Rebecca Skloot wins medical book prize

Lacks was a poor African-American tobacco farmer from Virginia, who died at 31 and is buried in an unmarked grave. Yet the cells taken from her without her knowledge in an era of experimentation on African-Americans – the HeLa cells as they became known – have since replicated in research laboratories around the world, helping […]

Trump knew exactly how serious Covid-19 is, but downplayed it: Book

“This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Trump during an Oval Office meeting on January 28, Woodward writes in the book, Rage, according to The Washington Post, where Woodward works as an associate editor. “This is going to be the roughest thing you […]