Much of his work was imbued with a sense of the end, so it is fitting to look back at three of his best works to mark the illustrator’s passing
The Stephen Leacock Medal is one of the few prizes for literary humour.
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We need to value the recognition of great Canadian comic writing and ensure it’s judged equitably.
A city of contrasts, these books represent the heart and the violence of this Italian city.
Sensitivity readers are increasingly employed before a book is published, if the author is writing about cultures outside their lived experience. But what exactly do sensitivity readers do?
The Stepford Wives (1975)
In his 1972 novel The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin powerfully dramatised women’s suburban alienation and men’s resistance to feminist change. Michelle Arrow traces its enduring influence.
Open one of these to enjoy the romance of azure seas, cliff-clinging villages and herbal-scented gardens in this spectacular part of Italy’s coastline.
The past decade has seen a flurry of young adult fiction written from a queer perspective.
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A scholar of queer literature takes a closer look at five books that are pushing the envelope on society’s understanding of LGBTQ life.
Books that will bring the beauty of Derbyshire’s rolling hills alive.
In an age of distraction, the desire to read faster and more efficiently is understandable.
The claims made by the creators of the app – which highlights parts of words to supposedly enhance users’ reading abilities – are dubious.
An online audience is reading the vampire novel for the first time, en masse.
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A newsletter sends out chronological snippets from the 125-year-old novel ‘Dracula.’ Fans on the internet go wild.
The Congo Basin’s rainforests in central Africa are sometimes called Earth’s second lungs (after the Amazon) because of its ability to store carbon.
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Literary texts are useful for environmental communication and can deal with the complexity of climate change.
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Pre-pandemic, reading rates among teenagers were falling. But BookTok, a subculture of social media platform TikTok, has made teens read more often – and influences what they read. Here’s how it works.
The growth of benefits derived from reading for pleasure starts young.
Verbal abilities provide benefits in school and in one’s career. Fostering a love for stories and fiction in children should be a high priority.
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Marrying the husband of your deceased sister was legally considered incest, leaving women of all classes in ruinous circumstances.
Illustration by O. Sudomora for the children’s story ‘Bim-bom, dzelen-bom!’
Libraries are sharing knowledge so that when the war is over, Ukraine can see its cultural treasures rescued and restored.
Wheel of life and death.
Why is a medieval Tibetan text about death so enduringly popular?
‘Le Régime du corps’ described a variety of ways to maintain health by keeping the body in balance.
The Bute Painter, circa 1285, MS Arsenal 2510, © Bibliothèque nationale de France
This illustrated health manual dating back to the 13th century provides a glimpse of daily life in aristocratic households during the Middle Ages.
St Andrew’s Church, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Straight from our experts, here are five books to help you understand what’s happening right now in Ukraine and Russia, from a must-read history of Ukraine to a literary classic with insights into the Russian soul.
The critical reappraisal of Irish and Canadian cultural relations and influences, as well as Irish encounters with Indigenous Peoples, is of current and urgent interest to both Irish and Canadian scholars.
Irish-born writers from the late 1700s to 1900 who spent time in present-day Canada influenced colonial narratives about Canadian identity or defended Irish linguistic and political autonomy.
At least seven states have banned the teaching of critical race theory.
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A scholar compares the debates over banning books in school today to a similar clash of ideas that took place during the Reagan era.