Tuesday November 21, 2017

Books, lots and lots of books! Book Store in a Tiny Rural Town Mount Crawford in Virginia enjoys Mega Success

About 25,000 people visit during each session in Green Valley Book Fair and the fair generates about $2 million in annual revenue

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A bookstore in the tiny town of Mount Crawford, Virginia is nothing fancy – no comfy chairs or coffee like you find in some other stores. Yet this store has proven resilient over the years through a simple philosophy of giving people what they want: books, lots and lots of books.

Getting there in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley is simple. Drive along country roads and just follow the road signs pointing the way, toward the large warehouses tucked into a hillside.

Inside, shoppers with baskets in tow browse tables and shelves brimming with books. Many are loyal customers, like Zoe Dellinger.

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“I’ve been coming here since I was in my early 20s,” Dellinger said. “The thrill of finding a new book is very serendipitous here because you can’t come and say I’m buying the new Nicholas Sparks book today. That’s not what this place is about. This place is about finding wonderful treasures.”

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And those treasures are available at deeply discounted prices.

“I found a wonderful book that I wanted. It was very expensive at the time: 25, 26 dollars is expensive for me to purchase a new book. I found the book here for $5. I was so excited, so that has kept me coming back just to see what treasures I will find, “said Delinger.

In its 2,300 square-meter two-building facility, the Green Valley Book Fair has a half million new and old books in a wide variety of categories including politics, religion, science, travel, cooking, children’s books and just about anything you can think of.

But it wasn’t always this big.

“My parents actually started this book store about 46 years ago,” General manager Michele Branner said. “My dad collected old books and decided that he wanted to sell some of them. This is the old barn that the cow stalls were taken out of, and that my parents actually had shelves built on each row. People would come in and shop and buy books out of here. It went so well. It’s just kind of evolved to what it is today.”

The Green Valley Book Fair opens only six times a year for three-week sessions. About 25,000 people visit during each session, and the fair generates about $2 million in annual revenue.

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“We buy our books at a fraction of retail and we can sell them for the prices that we do and keep our overhead low. That’s why we don’t have any fancy buildings or anything like that, said Branner.”

People have come to visit from all over the U.S. and from faraway places like Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Russia.

Tim Whitton came from Bristol, Connecticut.

“We have a whole family with us this time. We said you gotta see this book fair and so we brought them all here today. It meets every family’s need that likes to read,” said Whitton.

It’s a simple business ethic: give the people what they want. And despite what you may hear about electronic devices being the ‘end of print,’ it looks like there are plenty of people who want nothing more than to settle in with a good book. (VOA)

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US Presidential Election 2016: Voting begins across 6 Different Time Zones

Polling booths will open between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. local time and close between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m

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Washington, November 8, 2016: As Americans go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their 45th president, here’s what to watch out for:

All 50 states and Washington D.C. go to the polls across six different time zones on election day. Thirteen of the states are operating with split time zones.

Depending on the state, polling booths will open between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. local time and close between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. (If a voter is in line when polls close, then he or she gets to vote.)

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But it is not just winning the popular vote that counts. The US’ system is a race to secure 270 out of the 538 votes in the electoral college.

Most of the US will have to wait for polling stations to close (typically between 5.30 a.m Wednesday and 6.30 a.m Indian time) for state projections.

One small town, Dixville Notch in New Hampshire, which is keeping alive a tradition of a midnight vote that began in 1960, has declared its result before the polls even open everywhere else.

Once the polls have closed, there will be a projection for each state based on opinion polls taken throughout the day, which are a good indication of the results – but not always correct.

According to CNN, the solid Republican states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The lean Republican comprise Georgia, Iowa, Maine 2nd Congressional District, Ohio and Utah.

The solid Democratic states comprise California, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Minnesota and New Mexico.

The leans Democratics are Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Battleground or Swing states (a state where the two major political parties have similar levels of support among voters, important to determine the overall result) are Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Nebraska 2nd Congressional District, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

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The results are expected to be known in India by 9.30 a.m. IST on Wednesday morning. That’s when West Coast polls close and history suggests a winner’s declared. It was bang on the hour in 2008, and 15 minutes later in 2012.

Polls begin to close in western states from about 10 p.m. ET — or 8.30 a.m. India time.

Usually by around 11 p.m. ET November 8 on the East Coast it becomes clear that one side has prevailed, although the result could come sooner than that.

All eyes will be on the key battleground state of Virginia, which voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but was previously solid Republican.

Georgia is another one to watch. The state has voted Republican since 1996, but the party’s margin of victory has eroded in recent elections.

Also expect projections from Indiana, home to Trump running mate Mike Pence, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vermont.

Half an hour later, polls close in two further important states, North Carolina and Ohio, the swing state which has backed the winner at every presidential contest.

By 8 p.m. ET (6.30 a.m. IST), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma will begin their state projections.

Another half hour later (7 a.m. India time) polls will close in Arkansas, which backed former President Bill Clinton at successive elections in the 1990s, but has voted Republican since 2000.

New York, Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming and Nebraska might show their projections by now.

Polls close in the biggest electoral prize on the map, California, which is a Democratic stronghold, as well as Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii — 10.30 p.m. ET or 9 a.m. India time.

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Depending on how the electoral college is stacking up, every media outlet could declare the next president of the US.

The president-elect will not actually become the 45th president of the US until January 20, 2017, which is Inauguration Day. The president-elect will place his or her hand on the bible and take the Oath of Office at noon.

From then, the government is in their hands. So is the White House. Usually, the sitting president and their spouse host the incoming-First Couple for tea before the ceremony.
About six hours later, the new First Family moves in. (IANS)

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Germany: 68th Frankfurt Book Fair in October is likely to include 100 Malayalam Books

The universities delegation at Frankfurt will consist of a group of writers, officials and publishers in Malayalam

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  • Frankfurt Book fair will see the introduction of around 100 books on fiction transcribed in Malayalam
  • These books will be put in front of leading publishers from all across the world
  • Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University joined hands with Oxford publishers to obtain the English translation of the eight selected Malayalam works

Chinese, Spanish and English! That’s the list of the three most spoken languages in the world and one can go on for 10 more rows and Malayalam still won’t make the cut. However, there exist Malayalam fiction writers that have proven their worth to the people speaking the same dialect. It would only be better if their talent were showcased to the rest of the world. And that’s exactly what the Vice-chancellor, Mr Jayakumar is trying to do.

Frankfurt Book fair. Image Source: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
Frankfurt Book fair. Image Source: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de

Frankfurt Book Fair will see the introduction of around 100 books on fiction transcribed in Malayalam. These books will be put in front of leading publishers, literary agents, writers, journalists, and translators from across the globe, speaking different world languages. The 68th edition of the book fair will take place in the third week of October (Oct 19 to Oct 23).

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University at Tirur decided on an arrangement, which includes the annual event to arrange a special pavilion for these 100 books that are the best works from the Malayalam speaking world outside, reported the Hindu.

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‘‘Readers across the world are keen on reading translations from different geographic terrains with unique and distinct cultures. So we are attempting to make use of the growing demand. It may be the first time that a regional language in India is introducing its best 100 works to translators and publishers from different world languages,’’ said Mr Jayakumar to the Hindu.

He also added that the university was preparing an in-depth catalogue and a condensed version of each selected work so that Malayalam can be introduced to the global publishing industry. He ensures that currently acquiring universal attention for Malayalam literature is one of the priorities of the university.

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The universities delegation at Frankfurt will consist of a group of writers, officials and publishers in Malayalam. Malayalam publishers will eventually acquire the translation rights of the literature from outside. However, Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University also joined hands with Oxford publishers to obtain the English translation of the final selected eight Malayalam works.

– prepared by Karishma Vanjani, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @BladesnBoots

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Book Fair: Romancing the Mob!

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By Akash Shukla

Book fair is a paradise for avid readers; for others it could be several different things. Lucknow is a funny town. It celebrates contradictions instead of diversity. This City of Nawabs shuts its eyes on LANDMARK and revels annually on a thematic Book Fair. What an irony! We walk too much. We buy too less. The last day of book fair locked horns with Gujrati Garba in the opposite lawns and down went public’s pseudo love for books as if everyone was waiting for a desperate counterpart. Hypocrites as we are, a mere digression lures us away from the titles. The tracing book lovers sulked in the corners while music enveloped all and sundry. If this wasn’t domineering enough of a trend over the other, the disco lights and a crystal ball coupled with exclusive tickets left no stones unturned to overcast the fledgling reading cult.

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While Shaan-e-Awadh was grappling with ever-changing curiosities of the multitude, a guy tottered next to a girl merely in care and barely for books. When she nosedived in books, he realized he was wading through her sinkable eyes. Even inanimate books blew saxophones and shabby roughnecks appeared minstrels. This voodoo on a guy is like an unadvertised sale. It’s there but no one would ever know; even the doll-face would stay clueless. Magically meandering and charmingly smitten, the guy says, “May I hold your bag please?” Dazed and amazed, she struggled with a ‘no’ but all that spurted was a confused smile. Dimwit of a guy confused the gesture, held the cross-bag as if he held her. Stupidly they smiled for different reasons and got lost in the books; interestingly it ensued a role play; she turned reader and he turned pretender. Books were her love while she was his.

The author had a Sidney Sheldon in his hand. He saw this. Felt it. Tossed the murky emotional Sheldon ending for an ephemeral romance and the author’s title was lost among many others for a reason even unknown to him. Fleeting joy at its best, the lover boy switched glances between her and the ticking clock. His watch kept telling him that he had to teach. He had to leave. With barely five minutes at hand, the romance continued to melt from his face. The seemingly-timeless book fair stood still. Frozen in time, he looked while she did not; Diving deep into her face, time had come to retrace. Pining for the stay, he just could not. The never-to-be couple had parted. The author saw an unpublished romance; the ignorant titles at the book fair missed it all.