Literary Linking: January 23 – 27

This week’s articles cover topics including: bibliomania, Merriam-Webster Dictionary trolling Trump, children’s book awards, and more!

My favorite bookish links from the week of January 23 – 27:

Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Spike after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘Alternative Facts’
“While the phrase ‘alternative facts’ reminded many of the terms ‘falsehoods,’ ‘lies’ and ‘untruths,’ it reminded many others of George Orwell’s dystopian, politically charged novel ‘1984.’”

Bibliomania: The Strange History of Compulsive Book Buying
“An essayist looks into the curious past of pathological collectors — and considers her own lifelong urge to hoard ever more volumes.”

Children’s Book Awards Highlight Race — and Politics
“After several years of calls for books reflecting more racial and gender diversity, for example, the three top awards — the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz — went to two African-American men, Lewis and Steptoe, and a white woman, Barnhill.”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Has Been Trolling Trump On Twitter For Months
“Merriam-Webster has a message for the Trump administration: There is no such thing as an ‘alternative fact.’ There are facts, and then there are falsehoods.”


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