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According to Merriam-Webster, in addition to its general use as a synonym of trinket, “bibelot” can refer specifically to a miniature book of elegant design (such as those made by Tiffany and Faberge).

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The wait is over: The National Book Foundation released its most hotly anticipated longlist, its Award for Fictionon Friday. The 10 books are a mix of blockbuster titles from high-profile writers, including Jennifer Egan and 2011 National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward; buzzy debuts, like Lisa Ko’s The Leavers; and indie titles that have flown under the radar, like Carol Zoref’s Barren Island.

Eerlier in the week, the NBF also announced the longlists for young people’s literaturenonfiction and poetry. That’s 40 books you and your friends will be talking about this fall.

Among the residents of Key West, Florida, who opted to stay put and brave the 130 mph winds that ravaged the state were 54 six- and seven-toed cats that call Ernest Hemingway’s former limestone abode home. Despite officials’ calls for a full evacuation of the region, the cats ― along with Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum manager Jacque Sands and curator Dave Gonzales ― opted to ride out Hurricane Irma’s wrath within the comforts of the institute’s 18-inch walls.


You’re about to see a lot more of this uncanny, internationally-acclaimed Swedish-Finnish cartoon. Kate Winslet and Rosamund Pike signed on to the animated series “Moominvalley,” slated to premiere in 2019, and a separate Moomin film starring Alicia Vikander is reportedly also on the horizon. So you should read about Tove Jansson, the woman behind it all.

Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is deeply familiar to generations of readers. But the beloved book, about a poor young boy who wins a golden ticket to tour the magical candy factory of reclusive genius Willy Wonka, almost looked markedly different.

“This collection pulses with relevance,” Dave Eggers writes in the foreword to Complete Stories, a soon-to-be-released collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s short fiction that’s set to include five never-before-published stories by the Slaughterhouse Five author. The eagerly anticipated book, edited by longtime Vonnegut associates Jerome Klinkowitz and Dan Wakefield, hits shelves on Sept. 26.



In 1997, an artist called her work “revolting.” Twenty years later, Walker’s brutal depictions of racism look all too familiar. Her show — “Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!” — is on view at in New York until Oct. 14, 2017.



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