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A book artist is someone who elevates bookmaking to an art form using little more than ink, paper and a wildly creative imagination. The Bay Area is known internationally as a hub for these handmade, architectural artist books. In addition to the region’s long history of printmaking and its thriving academic book arts programs, we are home to CODEX, one of the world’s largest biennial ...

FICTION: Alba de Céspedes chronicles a 1950s Italian housewife's entry into disturbing self-awareness by way of a whim to begin keeping a diary. "Forbidden Notebook" by Alba de Céspedes, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein; Astra House (288 pages, $26) ——— Writing down one's observations inevitably causes the observer to pay closer attention to the circumstances being observed, and ...

FICTION: A sweeping story of forbidden love and fugitive faith set in the majestic expanse of northern Scandinavia in the 1850s. "The End of Drum-Time" by Hanna Pylväinen; Henry Holt (368 pages, $28.99) ——— Hanna Pylväinen's "The End of Drum-Time" is the best type of historical fiction — electrifying, edifying and set in an utterly enthralling place and time that you would probably rather not ...

Paperback Picks What better time than midwinter to treat yourself to a brand-new paperback? Here are 10 good suggestions — engrossing novels, charming memoirs, important Black History Month reads — to brighten your February afternoons. "Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom" by Carl Bernstein (Holt Paperbacks, $19.99) Bernstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "All the ...

Siri, read me a story! One of the joys of being read aloud to is listening to the voice of the person reading. If it's someone you know and love, the experience is filled with warmth and affection. And if it's someone you don't know — say, a professional actor reading an audiobook — the voice still matters. Narrating an audiobook is a skill, and not an easy one; it takes about three years to ...

Hard rock legend Ozzy Osbourne has announced the cancellation of his 2023 tour dates in the U.K. and continental Europe. Osbourne issued a statement early Wednesday saying damage to his spine suffered in an accident four years ago will prevent him from touring. Osbourne says he is “not physically capable” of the rigors of touring at this time following three operations and various health treatments. Osbourne says his team is considering opportunities for him to perform without extensive travel.

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Children lose an average of two months of reading skills over the summer months. Children from low-income families suffer the biggest learning loss over the school break. To combat this backslide in reading skills, many Montana public libraries host summer reading programs designed to provid…

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