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The fictional foods we wish were real

(From Atlas Obscura. Link to the complete post given below)

Sure, you can buy a Wonka Bar at any candy store. You can drink a sugary Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction in Orlando. And you can find a recipe for Lembas Bread on about a million Lord of the Rings fan sites. But none of these initially fictional foods could ever live up to how we imagined they would taste when we first saw or read about them. Fictional dishes invite us to open our mental palates to the possibility of new flavors and experiences. And because they are the product of imagination, they often also carry an emotional weight that real food, no matter how exotic, can rarely bring.

Recently, we asked Atlas Obscura readers to tell us which fictional food had sparked their imaginations more than any other. The results were delicious. You told us about your love for make-believe foods from books, television shows, films, and more. Most importantly, you got super specific about what you think these foods must taste like, including an alien dish that reminds one of you of “raw horse meat or sashimi with a kind of hot spice.”

We’ve collected our favorite responses below. Next time you encounter a mouth-watering food that doesn’t exist, try and decide for yourself what incredible, impossible flavors it might actually have.

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What rereading childhood books teaches adults about themselves

(From The Atlantic. Link to the complete article given below)

When I return to my parents’ house and the neighborhood where I grew up, the tension between sameness and difference is disorienting. The gym is still there, but the bookstore where I hung out after school is now a Target. There are new neighbors renovating the house next door. My parents might turn one of our childhood bedrooms into a study. I see versions of my old self in local kids, running around the back alley or aimlessly browsing our local Sephora. They make me feel both nostalgic and relieved to be an adult.

That’s when I find myself reaching for a comforting set of pastel-colored spines on my childhood bookshelf: L. M. Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables series. My mom first read it to me when I was a toddler, and I’ve been rereading it ever since. For many years, the main draw was Anne’s love interest, Gilbert Blythe, whom I had a crush on. But now I read it more for the compelling female friendships—“bosom friends,” as Anne would call them—and the gorgeous descriptions of the jewel-toned countryside. Most of all, Anne’s home of Avonlea, animated by Anne’s idealism and exuberance, feels like a refuge from the real world, where those traits can be hard to find.

People’s favorite childhood stories often stick with them throughout their lives. When the book-centric social media site Goodreads tracked the books most reread by its users, many of them were children’s books, including J. K. Rowling’s entire Harry Potter series, C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

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New Release: Dreamagination by Rishav Gupta

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When Srinanda Gupta was reading stories to her 6-month-old son, little did she know then that this boy would be an author at the age of eight.

Srinanda fondly recalls the day Rishav walked up to her with his drawings and said he wanted a “real” book.

“I clearly remember how happy and confused I was at the same time because I did not quite understand what he meant. After a conversation, Rishav made it clear that he actually wanted to be an author,” says the mother who also teaches at Chatsworth International School in Singapore.  She decided to nurture his passion and give him time to become responsible for his own initiative. Rishav named the book The Lion’s Walk. Each page focused on a place and some detail that he observed of that particular place.

“He narrated the story while I documented it. What was unique was how Rishav read books, made connections with his personal experiences and applied his knowledge in his writing. I got the pages printed and stitched together,” shares Srinanda. That was Rishav’s first book!

Now this Grade 2 student of Chatsworth International School, Singapore, has a book to his credit Dreamagination, published by Kitaab International.

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The book is a collection of 10 stories written by Rishav between the age of 3 and 7. Dreamagination is more than a book. It is a writing journey of a young boy from doodling, to drawing and then consolidating his ideas in writing.

“This is a big wish come true! You must dream and when the dream becomes bigger, bigger and bigger, it comes true. I want to encourage everyone around the world to write because it helps people to communicate and you can express your heart full of stories. You need dreamagination to live,” says Rishav.

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India: Books in 2016: A look back at the top categories, trends and bestsellers

By Ram Iyer

It’s that time of the year again. No, we don’t mean that time when everybody makes resolutions for the year ahead. That’s next week. This week, it’s time to take a look back at 2016 and the major reading and book sales trends in India. We spoke with some of the top Indian book retailers for their take on 2016’s trends, which books topped the charts and which didn’t, and how things changed through the year.

Here’s the gist if you’re the “too long; didn’t read” type: anything related to Harry Potter still sells a lot; the classics, young adult novels, romance, and children’s fiction did really well; growth in sales of long-form non-fiction as a category continued to be more or less flat; more people are reading fiction by Indian authors; and a huge number of adults are using colouring books as a way to relax and unwind.

What worked

To absolutely no one’s surprise, fiction continues to be the best-performing category for retailers across the country. A spokesperson for bookstore chain Landmark says that children’s books, especially anything related to Harry Potter or written by JK Rowling, sold “extremely well” this year, while books based on mythology also saw a lot of traction. Kinjal Shah, CEO of bookstore chain Crossword, says, “Children’s and fiction books are the largest contributors to Crossword’s business, with romance novels and classics also attracting a large number of readers.” Read more

Source: Hindustan Times


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What to expect in AFCC Singapore in 2017

So, here’s one for the literary tourist, writers, illustrators, literary professionals, parents, teachers, and librarians who would like to meet, learn, develop their craft, and discover business opportunities. The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) is back on May 17 -21, 2017 for the largest festival in Asia dedicated to children’s stories and books.

In an interview with Travelers Today, Festival Director Kenneth Quek said, “Whether you are an established or emerging writer or illustrator of children’s books, you can attend the AFCC Writers & Illustrators Conference to learn the latest trends and developments revolving around children’s literature.” He continued to say that parents and teachers of pre-school children can also attend the Parents Forum and Teachers Congress to acquire knowledge on how to boost their children’s early literacy skills.

Prominent speakers in the festival to look out for at next year’s conference include comics creator Paolo Fabregas, illustrator and author James Mayhew, and Sarah Odedina, who is the editor of the Harry Potter series. Families can also look forward to free programmes for children in public libraries.

Is there anything new in AFCC 2017? International authors, illustrators and translators rejoice! The AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore is open and the winning entry will win a cash prize of SGD$30,000. “This award is the first of its kind to give equal recognition to not just the writers and illustrators of picture books, but also the translators,” Quek said.

The award is still accepting submissions until January 15, 2017. Also back for next year is afccSKETCH, an online illustration contest. Each winning participant in the afccSKETCH contest will receive a complimentary 3-day Writers & Illustrators Conference ticket worth S$350. Read more

Source: Travelers Today


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JK Rowling attacks Murdoch for tweet blaming all Muslims for Charlie Hebdo deaths

Peaceful Muslims are no more responsible for terror than I am for Murdoch, says Harry Potter author: The Guardian

JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, has condemned and mocked the tweet from Rupert Murdoch which insisted that even peaceful Muslims must bear responsibilities for jihadi attacks.

“I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I’ll auto-excommunicate,” she tweeted on Sunday.

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