Books

The case for protecting writers
2:29 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Commentary: The indispensability of writers forgotten in Amazon-Hachette battle

Roxana Robinson is a novelist and the president of the Authors Guild. She lives in New York City and Cornwall, Connecticut. Her newest novel is 'Sparta.'
Credit ©2010 David Ignaszewski / Koboy

The giant online marketer Amazon and the international publisher Hachette  are fighting over the book business. But writers—the people who make books, may not get much of that fight.

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After miraculous innovation, tragic loss
9:50 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

New book details the triumphs and hubris of Wright brothers

The Wright brothers live in our minds as American icons . . . and what do we really know about them?

Long Island author Lawrence Goldstone has written a new book about their genius and their missteps. They solved a problem that had stumped great minds for millenia, yet their secretiveness and obsession with their competitors—particularly the greatly innovative, and now little-known Glenn Curtiss—resigned them to be business has-beens.

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A "treasure box" at Yale
6:38 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Once controversial, now beloved: Yale's Beinecke Library celebrates 50 years

Six stories of rare books and manuscripts behind glass at Beinecke Library
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Yale University’s Beinecke library. It’s a world-renowned repository of rare books and manuscripts. WSHU’s Mark Herz toured the now-beloved library with its director, E. C. Shroeder. Schroeder said the modernist cube made up of large marble squares—and surrounded by gothic and neo-classical buildings—was once controversial.

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