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Aristotle’s Poetics from the 4th century B.C. aims to give a short study of storytelling. It discusses things like unity of plot, reversal of situation, and character in the context of Greek tragedy, comedy and epic poetry. But it still applies today. It is especially popular with screenwriters as seen in many script gurus’ how-to books.
 
The Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories is a six-volume edition, which contains one hundred and one tales written by authors as diverse and separated by history as Pliny the Younger (first century AD), Voltaire (17th century) and Guy de Maupassant (19th century) and also from different parts of the world. This volume which is the first, contains twenty interesting stories, and an introduction by the editor. The fascinating aspect of mystery stories is that sometimes the ...
 
Nearly 160 years after it was first published, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass continues to inspire, enthrall and educate generations of readers. This collection of poems serves as a vehicle for Whitman's philosophy, ideals, love of nature and mystical musings and it subsequently became one of the corner stones of American literature. Whitman was inspired to write Leaves of Grass based on Ralph Waldo Emerson's clarion call for a truly American poet who would tell of its glories, virtues and v ...
 
Magnificent in its scale and scope, this monumental poem by the blind poet John Milton was the first epic conceived in the English language. It describes an omniscient, all powerful God, the Fall of Man, the Temptation in the Garden of Eden, the disgraced angel who later becomes known as Satan, the Angelic Wars fought by Archangels Michael and Raphael and the Son of God who is the real hero of this saga. The poet John Milton was more than sixty years old when he embarked on this immense work ...
 
Summer nights, romance, music, comedy, pairs of lovers who have yet to confess their feelings to each other, comedy and more than a touch of magic are all woven into one of Shakespeare's most delightful and ethereal creations – A Midsummer Night's Dream. The plot is as light and enchanting as the settings themselves. The Duke of Athens is busy with preparations for his forthcoming wedding to Hippolyta the Amazonian Queen. In the midst of this, Egeus, an Athenian aristocrat marches in, flanke ...
 
Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor and philosopher who wrote Meditations; insights which were considered to give the meaning of life. The book was not written with the intent to be published. It offers a noteworthy chain of challenging situations which are a reflection on spirituality and enumerate the struggle to understand oneself and one's role in the universe. Written in the style of a journal, Meditations emphasizes that life in this world is short. Aurelius was a stoic philosopher who ...
 
Considered to be one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, the tragedy King Lear portrays some of the darkest aspects of human nature that can be found in literature. The helplessness of the human condition, as we fall prey to our destinies, the injustice and random cruelties practiced by people, suffering and humiliation, the lust for power and the greed for wealth are all depicted in this magnificent play. And through it all, runs the golden thread of love and sacrifice, daughterly affection an ...
 
Right from its famous opening scene which begins, “Thunder and lightning. Enter Three Witches” The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare holds the reader fast in a stirring, monumental experience that plumbs the depths of the human soul and reveals its most morbid secrets. The play is set in medieval Scotland. It is based partly on historical facts and recounts the tale of Macbeth, who was a king in Scotland, according to The Holinshead Chronicles, a book published in 1577. This book was ...
 
Though it's titled The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the man himself appears only in five scenes in the entire play! However, such is his impact on the events that surrounded him that he still remains the central figure in this psychological drama that combines politics, honor, assassination, betrayal, the lust for power, patriotism and friendship. Set in 44 BC in ancient Rome, it is one of William Shakespeare's early Tragedies. First thought to have been performed in September 1599, William Sha ...
 
This book is one of the earliest studies of Philippine history by an American scholar. In preparation for this book, the author conducted ethnological studies of indiginous island tribes after the American war in the Philippines. Since this book was intended for the Philippine reader, the author nicely places the history of the Islands into the broader context of European and American history.
 
“Is There A Santa Claus?” was the headline that appeared over an editorial in the September 21, 1897 edition of the New York Sun. The editorial, which included the response of “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” has become an indelible part of popular Christmas lore in the United States.
 
Excellent murder mystery. On September 9, 1905, the NY Times Saturday Review of Books described this book as follows: “That painstakingly ingenious person, Fergus Hume, has devised another of his hide-and-seek, jack-o’-lantern murder mysteries. It begins with a queer and rich old woman found stabbed to death in her chair and not a clue to the murderer. Then so many clues turn up that even the story-book detective is bewildered. Then nearly everybody turns out to be somebody else under an ali ...
 
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Jeff and Rebecca continue their annual tradition of responding to listener recommendation requests. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: How We Got to No…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the 2021 National Book Award winners, Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year, Spotify buying an audiobook company, and The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: Adaptation Nation Last call for the 2021 Fall Previe…
 
Jeff and Rebecca think about replacing the term “dad book” with…anything, talk more PRH/S&S commentary, list book adaptations they will not be talking about, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may …
 
Jeff and Rebecca discuss some recent book sales numbers, the 2021 Booker Prize, banning Beloved, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: Adap…
 
Jeff O’Neal, Jenn Northington, and Amanda Nelson discuss Frank Herbert’s Dune and break down Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 adaptation. Mentioned in this episode: Frank Herbert’s Distrust of JFK Hari Kunzru on Dune Muslim Influences in Dune Is Dune a White Savior Narrative? Sidelining Arab Voices in Dune Dune Book Club with Ausma Zehanat Khan See omnystud…
 
In this episode, Jeff and Rebecca confirm that Dune is having a moment, talk about a new Book Riot podcast series, the beginning of “Books of the Year” season, and then talk about Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen and Matrix by Lauren Groff. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content c…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about a literary scam, a social network for authors, Goodreads members’ most anticipated fall books, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode SFF Yeah episode on Dune 2021 Fall Preview Draft Goodreads members most anticipated fall books…
 
This week, Jeff is joined by Book Riot editor Danika Ellis to talk book challenges, book blob cover designs, TikTok, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: Book Riot is hiring an Ad Sales Manager! Librarians Charged for Stocking Books The 2021 Nobel …
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about MacArthur award winners, Netflix big adaptation winners, and Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: Our Fall Preview Draft Hanif Abdurraquib & Ibram X Kendi among MacArthur Genius Grant winners Colson …
 
Jeff and Amanda talk about Sally Rooney sales, author who want to be publishers who also want to be influencers, the National Book Award longlist, Amanda’s favorite books of the year so far, and the going price for The Constitution. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contain…
 
Jeff and Jenn talk interesting science fiction and fantasy releases, some of the best books of 2021, upcoming science-fiction and fantasy adaptations, and more. Then Jeff and Rebecca are joined by Cree Myles to talk about her project, All Ways Black. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Th…
 
As announced, we are trying something different for bonus content: a special, ad-free, pay-what-you-will 2021 Fall Preview Draft. Go here to get it: bookriot.com/falldraft. That URL will redirect you to our Gumroad page where you can get the episode. You can either play it there or download the mp3 file to play wherever. The episode will be availab…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about their plans and strategy for the Fall Preview Draft, a bookstore getting an imprint, PRH jacking up the price of Amanda Gorman’s book, what a wonderful era of Black literature it is, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: …
 
Jenn Northington joins Rebecca to talk about the Hachette/Workman acquisition, the state of book tours, a truly mistifying publishing scam, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commi…
 
Sharifah Williams joins Jeff to talk SF/F adaptations, how the adaptation boom may (or may not?) be affecting what is getting written, wild problems with GoodReads, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: How adaptations are influencing contemporary fictio…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the coming end of big-time adaptations, the future of food memoirs, the dearth of popular on-going book series, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Gets Release Date See omnystudio.com/liste…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about pandemic reading habits, book sales, what it means to be a relevant author, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episode: Pandemic Reading Habits Survey Peo…
 
Jeff and Rebecca build off listener feedback to spend more time talking about TikTok and books, how local libraries can be eaten away from the inside, have their minds boggled about a 300-year overdue library book, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign…
 
Jeff and Rebecca parse listener feedback on what makes historical fiction, explicate the bestselling books of the year so far, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episode: Book Riot’s best…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about recent reading, proceed to debate what constitutes historical fiction, wish for the failure of the efforts of some politicians, anticipate Janelle Monae’s short story collection, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up…
 
Jeff and Rebecca check in on summer book sales, relay another effort they hope fails, and talk about Michelle Zauner’s excellent debut memoir, Crying in H Mart. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this e…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the Pulitzer Prize announcements, things happening in conservative publishing, a sweeping Amazon investigative report, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episo…
 
Jeff and Rebecca pick their most memorable, favorite, and otherwise noteworthy reads of 2021 so far. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Rebecca’s Picks: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Girlhood by Melissa Febos Little Devil in America by …
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about Amazon buying MGM, Roxane Gay’s new imprint, what makes an “it” book, and more. Discussed in this episode: Fare thee well, Eric Carle Amazon buys MGM Roxane Gay imprint! WNDB no longer using “own voices” SHE SAID movie coming John Steinbeck’s unpublished…werewolf novel?? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informatio…
 
Jeff and Rebecca discuss the results of their Summer Draft showdown and try a little something new with Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the listener survey, a new giant ereader, Amazon sort of coming to libraries, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Constance Grady weighs in on Pence / S & S, and publishing’s existential crisis: DPLA signs deal w/ Amazon Publishing to make their ebooks available to libraries A piece worth reading on cancel culture …
 
Jeff and Rebecca compete to draft the best list of Summer 2021 new releases. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Jeff’s Picks Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston The Ugly Cry by Danielle Henderson Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor Intimacies by …
 
Jeff and Rebecca set a BR reader poll, talk more about the publication of the Mike Pence book, get into how much authors make, and wonder if a techno-fad has a place in the world of books. Discussed in this episode: BR podcast poll: Which of these books have you read? Jonathan Karp digs in deeper on Pence book *and* there’s a recording of another t…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the uncoolness of ereading, how Jeff was right in a way that matters, a diversity in writing initiative from Reese’s Book Club, and more. Discussed in this episode: Reese’s Book Club offering fellowship for unpublished writers from underrepresented groups Shouts for Jess Pryde! Another editorial about What Publishing Sta…
 
Jeff and Rebecca respond to listener requests for recommendations for moms, dads, grads (and themselves). This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Books and Authors discussed in this episode: Shop Class as Soul Craft Flight: The Complete History of Aviation The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gl…
 
Jeff and Rebecca check-in on the rolling reckoning, talk about dedicated e-readers, Murakami’s thsirt line, and more. Haruki Murakami’s t-shirt line is live Follow up: Open letter from publishing professionals against book deals for any member of Trump Administration Follow up: Norton pulls Roth biography out of print Big NYT coverage of the rollin…
 
Jeff and Rebecca follow up about Simon & Schuster’s relationship with Post Hill Press, a employee petition at Simon & Schuster (and the CEO’s response), Norton pulling a major book, listener feedback, and more. Discussed in this episode: The Book Riot giveaway featuring Noise by Daniel Kahneman Follow-up: S & S refuses to distribute book by officer…
 
Jeff and Rebecca do listener feedback, interrogate what a podcast “read-a-long” does/could mean, stand in awe of Amanda Gorman’s book sales, talk a little George R.R. Martin, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Amanda Gorman is first poet to claim #1 spot on USA Today bestsellers Amazon workers in Bessemer, AL vote against unionization Unpubl…
 
In this special, live-streamed episode, Jeff and Rebecca continue to argue about/refine a “Should I Read This?” segment/special episode series, are a little surprised at the Mike Pence book deal, perform their annual lament at the most challenged books of the year, and much more. Discussed in this episode: ALA releases most challenged books of 2020…
 
Jeff and Rebecca note the passing of Beverly Cleary and Larry McMurtry, talk more Amazon/Big 5 anti-trust litigation, a Tennessee law that breaks new ground in terribleness, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Scholastic pulls Captain Underpants spinoff because of passive racism Tennessee bill seeks to ban any books that “promote, normalize, …
 
Jeff and Rebecca have their minds boggled at the sales of Seuss titles, pay fealty to the queen of book clubs, survey a few recent book challenges, and look forward to Klara and the Sun. Discussed in this episode: Oprah picks the Gilead SERIES as the next book club selection Follow-up: Leander, TX English teachers rally against graphic novels being…
 
Jeff and Rebecca do some Seuss follow-up, evaluate upcoming adaptations that should be in their wheelhouse, talk about a particularly graphic effort to get some books out of a school classroom, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Farewell, Norman Juster Follow-up: Nice historical context for publishers removing racism from other books The Day…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the Seuss Enterprise’s decision to stop publishing a half-dozen books, continue ruminating on a “is it good?” segment, admire Murakami’s evasive accessibility, get into some labor talk, and finally discuss the current state of podcasting. Discussed in this episode: 6 Dr Seuss books ceasing publication because of racist i…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about another format they might want to try for talking about books, whether 2020 means we can finally stop confusing the fate of bookstores with the fate of publishing, catch up with some listener feedback, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Bookstore sales fell 28.3% in 2020 Big-picture look at the possible impact of …
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about what books actually get read, emotionally manipulative novels, tackle a couple of listener question, and try another guessing game. Discussed in this episode: While nothing we talked about today was newly linkable, I did promise to provide footage of Rebecca after her incredible showing last week. See omnystudio.com/list…
 
Jeff and Rebecca discuss the winner of the Spring Preview draft, Hachette getting out of the right-wing publishing game, the Obamas adaptation-heavy Netflix slate, and Jeff inadvisedly challenges Rebecca to a new game. Discussed in this episode: Big 5 named as co-defendants in ebook price fixing suit Hachette fired last remaining editor who would p…
 
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