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Bookstore on wheels turns heads in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqis guarding Baghdad’s many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don’t know what to make of Ali al-Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books. The mobile bookstore is the latest in a series of efforts by the …

Dystopian fiction is selling like there’s no tomorrow

BOSTON (AP) — Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage. Gloomy classics depicting societies gone terribly wrong have shot to the top of best-seller lists like Amazon’s in recent months, including George Orwell’s “1984” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” prompting publishers to …

Thai police bans book criticizing monarchy

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police banned imports of a book they viewed as insulting the country’s monarchy, as a crackdown against anti-royalist campaigns intensifies after a coup earlier this year. The book, “A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand’s Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century,” has contents that defamed the monarchy …

Renovations at NY Public Library strike a nerve

NEW YORK (AP) — Like the famous marble lions out front, the New York Public Library’s flagship building has long symbolized serene endurance in the service of knowledge. But plans for a major change within the landmark have kindled an intellectual culture clash over its direction and the future of …