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Neil Gaiman says scared is good
March 22, 2014 | 10:45 am

Bulgarian writer and New Yorker by adoption Maria Popova picked up on a "semi-secret" evening event on the literature of terror held by Neil Gaiman at TED's 30th anniversary event, TED 2014 in Vancouver - certainly secret enough to keep his name off the official speaker list. However, she detailed the whole thing in her much-followed blog Brain Pickings, including a recording reproduced with permission, and transcripts, where Gaiman speaks of the fascination of fear. "Technology does nothing to dispel the shadows at the edge of things," Gaiman says. And as just one instance of the value of tackling dark things,...

University of Oregon literature seminar first in nation to focus on ‘cli-fi’ genre
June 4, 2013 | 9:25 pm

cli-fi No sooner had NPR aired a story nationwide about the emerging 'cli-fi' literary genre than a California literature professor named Stephanie LeMenager announced she would be teaching a winter 2014 seminar titled ''The Cultures of Climate Change.'' LeMenager (photo at right), who got her PhD from Harvard in 1999, teaches at the University of California in Santa Barbara where she is an associate professor in the English department, and where her interests include 20th century U.S. literature, environmental criticism and cultural geography. When I emailed her for a course description, LeMengager told me: "This course will take global anthropogenic climate change (AGW) as a case study through which to explore the interdisciplinary...

TED Talks: How Books Can Open Your Mind (Video)
June 1, 2013 | 11:30 am

TED TalksFor anyone who hasn't yet had a chance to watch the video of Lisa Bu's beautiful TED Talks lecture about the power of books, and the life-altering affect they had on her own life, give yourself the gift of clicking on the video below; it's just six minutes and 17 seconds long. I don't know if any of you will feel the same way, but the next time I happen to find myself stuck in a reading rut, I plan to sit back and give this video another close look. (Lisa Bu, by the way, is TED's content distribution manager. Her...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 14, 2012 | 8:44 am

The Man Book Prize logoJohn Wiley Teams with TED to Offer Educational Content (Publisher's Weekly) The Missing Man Booker Backlist (Good E-Reader) The Sobering Economics of eBook Subscription Services (Digital Book World) Apple Granted Patent for eBook Page Turning (The Register) Kindle Daily Deal: Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy {and} Potty by Leslie Patricelli * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook...

TED to begin publishing ebooks
March 21, 2011 | 9:44 am

Screen shot 2011 03 21 at 9 43 59 AM From the Nonprofit Quarterly: TED, the 501(c)3 nonprofit behind the popular Technology, Entertainment and Design conferences, is expanding to the e-book market with TEDbooks. The digital publications are geared for people who are hungry for new ideas, but short on time. A traditional book has around 60,000 words; TEDbooks fills readers’ desire to absorb new ideas at less than 20,000, targeting a market for deep-thinking, time strapped consumers. The TEDbook portfolio includes: “Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species,” by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans, “The Happiness Manifesto: How Nations and People Can Nurture Well-Being,” by Nic Marks, and “Beware Dangerism: Why...