| Dec 16, 2013
| 3:49 PM
Amazon workers in Germany went on strike Monday, protesting the working conditions at the online retailer's shipping centers. The workers' union, Ver.di, also sent a delegation to the company's Seattle offices.
"The Amazon system is characterized by low...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Happy 238th birthday, Jane Austen!
Austen, of course, was the author of novels that have endured and delighted for centuries. Her biggest hits are "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" --...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 10:32 AM
The word “shelfie” finished far behind “selfie” and other neologisms recently when the Oxford Dictionaries announced their nominees, and the winner, of the Word of the Year for 2013.
Like the selfie (which had a recent moment...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 4:51 AM
LONDON -- Paper or plastic? No, not what kind of bag do you want your purchases in; it's what kind of money you’ll use to pay for them, at least in Britain.
The Bank of England announced Wednesday that, beginning in 2016, it will start issuing...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Book clubs can meet up in public places that serve alcohol, New Yorkers discover. Who knew?
Well, plenty of people, particularly those who attend book clubs in bars in L.A.
On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported on four book clubs in New York and...
| Oct 17, 2013
It's been 17 years since "Bridget Jones's Diary" first hit the scene, turning freelance journalist Helen Fielding into a best-selling author and screenwriter. Her latest installment, "Mad About the Boy," follows Bridget, now 51, as she copes with the loss...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 10:30 AM
With a charming, flawed heroine straight out of Jane Austen, a Dickensian rags-to-riches story and thwarted romances that hark back to the Brontës, Elizabeth Gilbert has taken cues from the greatest 19th century writers for her big 19th century-style...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Kathy Hornig finally had a chance to check out Washington's National Book Festival. And she came away with a renewed appreciation for the admittedly smaller, quirkier offering put on by The City That Reads.
As the director of festivals for the Baltimore...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: Any ideas on how to sell a collection of Boyds Bears? These are both stuffed and ceramic. Some have original tags.
A: Created in 1984, the line of plush bears (named for a town in Maryland where the makers lived) fits into the category of...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 12:13 PM
With courage and determination and more than a little bit of moxie, Adelle Waldman set out to crack the code.
For her debut novel, a modern-day comedy of manners called "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P," the Baltimore-raised author decided to explore...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:19 PM
LONDON (AP) - Jane Austen will become the new face on England's 10-pound notes - a sign that there is plenty of pride and little prejudice against women on the country's currency.
The Bank of England chose the chronicler of 18th century English...