Bookmarks: November 6th

Hi Savvy Readers! It’s Friday again and you know what that means: a new Bookmarks post! We’ve been collecting noteworthy bookish news stories, links, and photos all week and we can’t wait to share them with you. If you have any book news to share with us, don’t forget to tweet it to us @SavvyReader or leave a comment below!

1. Amazon opens its first physical bookstore

Amazon opens its first physical bookstore Amazon Books in Seattle

This week, the hugely successful online retailer Amazon opened its first physical bookstore, Amazon Books, in Seattle. The reaction to this news has been divided between customers lining up to enter the store on the first day to readers declaring that they won’t be shopping there. What do you think about this news, Savvy Readers?

2. Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 is open for voting

Goodreads Choice Awards 2015

Have you read an unforgettable book this year? Now’s your chance to vote for it in Goodreads’ annual Goodreads Choice Awards! (Don’t see your favourite book on the list? Cast a write-in ballot to show it some support.) We’re so excited to see some of our top reads as nominees, especially a former 50 Book Pledge Featured Read: When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi! Click here to learn more about the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015.

3. Roxane Gay wins the Pen Center USA Freedom to Write Award

roxane

Roxane Gay, fearless writer and Bad Feminist, was announced as the 2015 PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award this Wednesday. As someone who has multiple passages underlined from Bad Feminist, I’m so happy that Gay has been recognized for “produc[ing] notable work in the face of extreme adversity or demonstrated exceptional courage in the defense of free expression.” Read Lit Hub’s coverage of Gay’s win here!

4. Winnie-the-Pooh is… a girl?

Winnie the Pooh Finding Winnie

You all know Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from The Hundred Acre Wood, but did you know that the original Winnie-the-Pooh was a girl? Bustle Books recently read Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick and shared what they learned about the true story of the world’s most famous bear in this article. Who knew Winnie-the-Pooh had such a fascinating (Canadian) history?

Do you have any bookish news to share? Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments section!

Karen

Follow me on Twitter @karenfma.

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