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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Jul. 9, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

HARD COVER FICTION 1. “28 Summers” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown) 2. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) 3. “Sex and Vanity” by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday) 4. “Camino Winds” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 5. “The Summer House” by...

This photo provided by Scholastic shows CEO Dick Robinson. (Erica Lansner/Scholastic via AP)

Scholastic CEO talks civil unrest, pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the pandemic shut down schools nationwide in March, Scholastic Corp. immediately pivoted, offering a free online learning hub for millions of families with kids. Two months later, civil unrest caused the company to quickly jump in and ramp up coverage on racial inequality for teachers,...

FILE - In this  Saturday, June 22, 2019 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell waits to take the field for the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Pittsburgh. Pirates first baseman Josh Bell watched George Floyd's death in horror. Rarely one to talk, Bell prefers to have his actions speak for him. Bell, who is Black, has started a book club and a weekly

Eyeing social change, Pirates star Josh Bell finds his voice

Jul. 4, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell wanted to make a statement with his actions, a way to channel the disgust the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman felt in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. Yet as the crowds surged in downtown Pittsburgh last month during a planned...

In this April 21, 2020, photo, a full little free library sits outside of a grocery store in Placitas, N.M. Across the United States, volunteers are reporting a jump in usages of official and unofficial tiny popups known as little free libraries as readers look to pass the time amid COVID-19 health restriction. From the American Southwest to New England, little free libraries made of wood or brick, placed in front of parks or in the trunk of a car, have seen their small spaces overwhelmed with books. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Albuquerque to encourage 'Little Free Libraries' in city

Jul. 2, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque and a Wisconsin-based group have agreed on a new initiative to encourage residents to build “Little Free Libraries” throughout the region as public libraries and bookstores remain under restrictions due to the pandemic. The Little Free Library...

FILE - This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead of the company's Nasdaq IPO in New York.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Zoom got big fast. Then videobombers made it rework security

Jul. 1, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Back in March as the coronavirus pandemic gathered steam in the U.S., a largely unheralded video-conferencing service suddenly found itself in the spotlight. And just as quickly as Zoom became a household name for connecting work colleagues, church and school groups, friends,...

This cover image released by Kokila shows “Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi, with illustrations by Ashley Lukashevsky. A picture book edition of Ibram X. Kendi’s “Antiracist Baby,” one of the country’s top-selling books since the death last month of George Floyd, is coming out July 14. (Kokila via AP)

Top seller 'Antiracist Baby' to be released as picture book

Jun. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A picture book edition of Ibram X. Kendi's “Antiracist Baby,” one of the country's top-selling books since the death last month of George Floyd, is coming out July 14. “Antiracist Baby” went on sale this week as a board book and has been part of a wave of works...

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Oprah picks James McBride's 'Deacon King Kong' for book club

Jun. 16, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen James McBride's “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride's novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969 and centers on the shooting of a drug dealer by an aging and tipsy church deacon. But it also pays tribute to community and to McBride's...

How local libraries turned the page during a pandemic

Jun. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The entire “Game of Thrones” series on DVD. Iconic Soundgarden albums. And oh yeah, literary classics like “Pride and Prejudice.” The Huntsville Madison County Public Library system is comprised of nearly 500,000 physical items. And that number...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 10, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ June 8 The Houma Courier on preparing for hurricane season: Terrebonne and Lafourche escaped the major rain and potential flooding earlier forecasts had predicted as Tropical Storm Cristobal swept across the area Sunday and Monday. Grand Isle was not as lucky, as...

Summer reading club will bring books to young WVa students

Jun. 8, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A summer reading project in West Virginia will bring about 200,000 books to children entering the first and second grades. The West Virginia Blue Ribbon Selections Book Club is a partnership among the state Department of Education, Marshall University's June Harless Center and The...