Thursday News: 2016 bestsellers, plagiarism, new Civil War history, 4-year-old librarian
New USA TODAY books list: The 100 books everyone’s reading – Many books on this list of the top 100 USA Today bestsellers for 2016 are no surprise (just look at the top five below). I made a mental note that Janet Evanovich is still selling Stephanie Plum at pretty robust levels (Turbo Twenty-Three is 36), and clearly a lot of students were preparing for the SAT (71). How many years has Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People been a bestseller (97)? Fewer food and cooking books than I expected, too. Any surprises for you?
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – USA Today
HarperCollins Pulls Book by a Trump Pick After Plagiarism Report – Oh, look, another case of plagiarism, another case of the publisher turning another page, so to speak. It was only ten years ago that Harvard student Kaavya Viswanathan was thoroughly trounced for plagiarizing Megan McCafferty, but Monica Crowley’s book, which apparently has about 50 instances of “identical language to passages published by other sources without attributing credit” is simply going to be “revised” by the author. Some of it from that most trusted source, Wikipedia. Check out the language Harper Collins uses to characterize the whole situation:
“The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material,” HarperCollins said in a statement on Tuesday. . . .
These types of offenses once signified the end of an author’s career. But publishers have seemed more willing to give writers a second chance. Last year, Simon & Schuster published a book by Jonah Lehrer, whose previous books for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt were recalled after it was revealed that Mr. Lehrer had plagiarized passages, recycled his own work and fabricated quotations. James Frey, who fabricated portions of his memoir, “A Million Little Pieces,” about his drug addiction, made a comeback as a young-adult novelist and publisher. – New York Times
Book says Civil War pivotal in deaf history – Harry Lang, physics professor (emeritus) at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has written a new book, Fighting in the Shadows: The Untold Story of Deaf People in the Civil War, that focuses on the way the Civil War affected the US deaf population (the book releases in May). Specifically, Lang looks at the way that wartime challenged the perception that deaf people were “unfortunates” and instead began to mainstream their contributions and concerns. Not only was deafness rather common on the battlefield, but hundreds of soldiers who were deaf before the war served on both sides of the conflict, including as commanders.
“The Civil War dramatically changed the course of deaf people’s lives. In many ways, the national crisis empowered many to believe in their own abilities,” he writes. . . .
Bringing the history of deaf people out of the shadows is a theme that runs throughout the book and beyond. The fight against discrimination and for equal treatment of deaf people continued after the war, with the immediate post-war battles focusing on deaf veterans demanding their fair share in pension payments and fighting enduring efforts to ban sign language. – Democrat and Chronicle
This 4-Year-Old Honorary Librarian May Already Have Read More Books Than You – If you’re already overdone with the presidential transition stuff, just check out the video in this piece on Daliyah Marie Arana, who was recently honored as Librarian for the Day at the Library of Congress. There is still hope, people!
A resident of Gainesville, Georgia, Arana has made local headlines by allegedly reading 1,000 books before beginning preschool. “I read 1,000 books by the time I was 3 years old and I hope to read 100,000,” she told an Atlanta local news station. Arana’s parents signed her up for a Georgia Public Library literacy program called 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten when she was 2½, and she completed the challenge in October. – Slate