Featured Bookshop: the “Fiercely Indie, Truly Local” Owl & Turtle in Camden, Maine
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Featured Bookshop: the “Fiercely Indie, Truly Local” Owl & Turtle in Camden, Maine

The Owl & Turtle Bookshop is a pleasure to visit, and we encourage you to drive to beautiful Camden, Maine, and go there as soon as possible. Camden is a bit of a tourist destination, so there’s a nice selection of restaurants, shops, and accommodations, but it’s not crowded: you can find parking if you drive, … Continue reading »

Found in Translation – Eleanor Chandler on the London Book Fair
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Found in Translation – Eleanor Chandler on the London Book Fair

At one point in our youth, we admit to being baffled by reading poetry that had been translated into English, yet still rhymed. What phenomenon was this? Was there some supernatural force at hand? Was English just overflowing with synonyms? Or did brilliant foreign poets plan their verse to accommodate the powerful English-language publishing industry? … Continue reading »

Puthi – Ancient Manuscripts Protected by Boiling and Curses
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Puthi – Ancient Manuscripts Protected by Boiling and Curses

At The Daily Star, (the largest circulating daily English-language newspaper in Bangladesh), Mannan Mashur Zarif explains how ancient manuscripts (puthi) were “written on parchment, leather, leaves, barks, and other materials available in nature. However, to impart longevity these materials were processed through dipping into boiling water and drying subsequently. In the process, the material turned grey or … Continue reading »