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3,500 Occult Books Will Be Digitized Thanks to Dan Brown: Today in Books

3,500 Occult Manuscripts Will Be Digitized

The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown donated €300,000 to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library (the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica House of Living Books), enabling the library to digitize thousands of “pre-1900 texts on alchemy, astrology, magic, and theosophy,” said Thu-Huong Ha at Quartz. The digitized manuscripts will be made freely available online.

2018 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists

The 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists were announced. The awards cover fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essays, science writing, sports writing, translation, and more. Titles that made it on the list include Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir by Jessica B. Harris, and Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou. Click the link for the full lists.

The Hate U Give: The Most Searched-For Book On Goodreads In 2017

Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give was the most searched-for book on Goodreads this year, according to data provided by Goodreads. The New York Times bestseller remains a buzzy title, most recently encountering controversy over a banning of the book by a Texas school district. The story follows a 16-year-old black girl who witnesses the death of her childhood friend at the hands of police.

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