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  • Fair-trade champion and MarketPlace founder empowers artisans in India

     Fair-trade champion and MarketPlace founder empowers artisans in India
    It's not the joy of shopping or wearing handmade clothes from a select group of artisans in India that gives Pushpika Freitas pleasure. Rather, it's the ripple effect that comes from seeing how employment, and the ability to earn wages, can empower these women from her native country. Freitas, an Evanston resident, is the Mumbai-born founder and president of MarketPlace: Handwork of India (marketplaceindia.com), a catalog of clothing and home items that is distributed in the U.S.
  • The Biblioracle: Small sites counter Amazon's access

    The Biblioracle: Small sites counter Amazon's access
    Barring some kind of monumental screw-up, Amazon will be the dominant e-book retailer forevermore. Amazon is certainly capable of screwing up. The Fire Phone that was launched to great fanfare before being quickly discounted to 99 cents seems like a...

    Toni Morrison, Patti Smith hand-annotate books for PEN benefit

    Toni Morrison, Patti Smith hand-annotate books for PEN benefit
    Books hand-annotated by Toni Morrison, Patti Smith, Don Delillo, Philip Roth and others are being auctioned at Christie's to benefit PEN American Center in New York. For the Dec. 2 auction, titled First Editions/Second Thoughts, authors picked up...

    The Biblioracle: Books live on thanks to youth

    The Biblioracle: Books live on thanks to youth
    Normally, when good news about the fate of books and literature comes down the line, I tend to look at it a little skeptically. After all, the prevailing wisdom is that soon enough, in a digital age of 24/7 Internet connectivity and our resultant...

    India's Film Bazaar Picks Mira Nair, Ian McDonald Projects

    LONDON -- Some 32 projects, including new works by Sooni Taraporewala and Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, have been selected for India's Film Bazaar co-production market. The industry event is run by the National Film Development Corporation in Goa, (Nov. 20-24)...