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Published April 11, 2008
17 Ways to Get Free Books
From the Frugal Panda Blog

"You can never have too many books, so we are delighted to share with you some ways to get them for free. From children’s books to technical books, there are numerous resources that offer literature for free. Some of the following sites offer actual printed books, while others feature electronic books (aka 'ebooks')."

A great list with descriptions of each resource. Thank FP!
Published March 26, 2008

Too Short to be a novel, too long to be a short story - what, exactly, is a novella?

An award-winning series from Melville House Publishing answers the question by taking a look at the renegade form in all its varieties, as practiced by some of history's greatest writers. It does so in a beautifully packaged and inexpensive line featuring many titles that have never been published as stand-alone books before, many that are otherwise unavailable, and many that are in sparkling new translations. Consider these for classroom use as well as personal reading! Visit The Art of the Novel page on MHP's Web site for more information.

BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER by HERMAN MELVILLE mhp

THE LESSON OF THE MASTER by HENRY JAMES

MY LIFE by ANTON CHEKHOV

THE DEVIL by LEO TOLSTOY

THE TOUCHSTONE by EDITH WHARTON

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

THE DEAD by JAMES JOYCE

FIRST LOVE by IVAN TURGENEV

A SIMPLE HEART by GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by RUDYARD KIPLING

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS by HEINRICH VON KLEIST

THE BEACH OF FALESA by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

THE HORLA by GUY DE MAUPASSANT

THE ETERNAL HUSBAND by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY

THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG by MARK TWAIN

THE LIFTED VEIL by GEORGE ELIOT

THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN EYES by HONORE DE BALZAC

A SLEEP AND A FORGETTING by WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS

BENITO CERENO by HERMAN MELVILLE

MATHILDA by MARY SHELLEY

A CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANIA by JULES VERNE

STEMPENIU: A JEWISH ROMANCE by SHOLEM ALEICHEM

FREYA OF THE SEVEN ISLES by JOSEPH CONRAD

HOW THE TWO IVANS QUARRELLED by NIKOLAI GOGOL

THE LEMOINE AFFAIR by MARCEL PROUST

THE COXON FUND by HENRY JAMES

MAY DAY by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABYSSINIA by SAMUEL JOHNSON

THE DECEITFUL MARRIAGE by MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

Published February 26, 2008
2007 was a banner year for progressive books, but two stand out as true groundbreakers: Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine and Jeremy Scahill's Blackwater, published by Nation Books. They are co-winners in AlterNet's 10 Best Books of 2007 contest.

Visit AlterNet list of Best Progressives Books of 2007, which include short summaries of the top 10 books and a list of "honorable mention" titles, with links to all.

By Don Hazen, AlterNet
Posted January 31, 2008
Published February 08, 2008
Pick from four books of poetry published by Calyx Press and add a box of handmade Bursts's Chocolates to send to your sweetie for Valentine's Day and get a 20% discount on the books. Order by February 8 to assure delivery by February 14. Titles for 20% discount include: Idleness is the Root of all Love by Christa Reinig; Femme's Dictionary by Carol Guess; The White Junk of Love, Again by Sybil James; The Country of Women by Sandra Kohler. Nothing says love like poetry and chocolate! (Okay, well, maybe beer and poetry...)
Published February 01, 2008
Lines of Velocity
Words That Move From WriteGirl

WriteGirl Publications

"The 6th Anthology is a wondrous and diverse collection - stories, poems, songs, musings, rants and essays - showcasing the unique and eclectic female voices of new and accomplished writers from WriteGirl. These girls and women speak freely and share openly on everything from the intensity of a teenager's bad day to the exhilaration of finding love in urban Los Angeles. Touching on both personal and universal themes in response to the many worlds they live in, the WriteGirls invite you to spend some time exploring their words that move! Includes writing experiments from monthly workshops of the WriteGirl season."

WriteGirl is a nonprofit organization for high school girls centered on the craft of creative writing and empowerment through self-expression. Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot tips for great writing in all genres from professional women writers.
Published January 11, 2008
Imagination in Action
Edited by Carol Malyon
The Mercury Press

"This book is a collection of essays and articles by Canadian painters and sculptors, musicians and composers, poets and novelists and journalists. Teachers, choreographers, actors, book-store owners, cooks, farmers, needle-workers... Trying to understand the world and our place in it; to bring order out of chaos; to figure out who we are, where we are, what we are doing here. Sometimes trying to communicate with others. Who are you? What are you doing? Here’s what I’ve been creating. This is my version of the world. Is it the same as yours? Creative folks discuss what they do, and why, and how they do it. Apparently there’s not one correct way. Forget those how-to books. Find your own method. You too can be creative."
Published January 04, 2008
Northland Poster Collective online gallery and catalog store featuring the art of social justice, the tools of grassroots union organizing and labor activism, and the craft of union workers: Posters, Labor Books, Buttons, Bumper Stickers, Calendars, Note Cards, Iraq Note Cards, Holiday Cards, T-Shirts, Baby Clothes, Vietnam Era Originals, Vintage Poster Sets, Mugs, Mouse Pads, Coasters, Postcards, CDs, Cloth Hangings, Decals, Sweatshirts, Books & Videos, Hats, Signs. Featuring Immigrants Rights, Political Campaigns, Anti-WalMart, Iraq Art Project.
Published October 28, 2007
The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than three billion people — nearly half the world's population — do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods, and communities shapes every aspect of our lives. Yet too often architects are desperately needed in the places where they can least be afforded.

Edited by Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. This first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation.

Design Like You Give a Damn is an indispensable resource for designers and humanitarian organizations charged with rebuilding after disaster and engaged in the search for sustainable development. It is also a call to action to anyone committed to building a better world.
Published October 27, 2007
From NPR: "In honor of what would have been Gramatky's 100th birthday, Penguin Putnam is reissuing a restored version of Little Toot, reviving the rich colors that were diminished in subsequent editions. The book also features full-color manuscript sketches, and reintroduces parts of the book's original bindings. Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater preview [audio online] the newly released version of the children's classic."
Published October 18, 2007
Akashic Books Noir Series
After the stunning success of the summer '04 award-winning bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books launched a groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Numerous regional readings are scheduled for new releases, so check your area for events. So far in the series, either done, just released or soon to be (check their website for details):

Havana Noir
Bronx Noir
Baltimore Noir
Brooklyn Noir 2
Brooklyn Noir 3
Chicago Noir
DC Noir
DC Noir 2: The Classics
Dublin Noir
London Noir
Los Angeles Noir
Manhattan Noir
Miami Noir
New Orleans Noir
San Francisco Noir
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics
Twin Cities Noir
Wall Street Noir
Detroit Noir
Queens Noir
Las Vegas Noir
Toronto Noir
Trinidad Noir
Delhi Noir (India)
Istanbul Noir (Turkey)
Lagos Noir (Nigeria)
Manhattan Noir 2:
Mexico City Noir
Moscow Noir (Russia)
Paris Noir (France)
Rome Noir (Italy)
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