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The American Library Association is Reissuing David Bowie’s Iconic ‘READ’ Poster

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In honor of David Bowie, the American Library Association is re-releasing their classic 1987 poster of the musician who, in addition to being a beloved artist and actor, was also an avid reader. The iconic poster features Bowie in a letterman jacket leaping through the air while reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot—and looking more like a clean-cut 1950s teenager than a 40-year-old rock star. The poster adorned the walls of school libraries in the ‘80s and ‘90s and was one of the first in the ALA’s READ campaign, which has promoted literature since 1985.

Over the last three decades, the READ series has depicted celebrities in a range of fields posing with their favorite books. While many of the book choices have been unsurprising (like Orlando Bloom reading The Lord of the Rings, or Rachel McAdams reading The Time Traveler’s Wife), others have provided fascinating insights into the literary preferences of celebrities. Who, for example, would guess that Stephen Hawking would choose a biography of Marilyn Monroe, that Nicolas Cage would favor Siddhartha, or that Steve Martin would go for Mathematical Themes? Bowie’s interest in the dense, philosophical writings of Dostoyevsky, meanwhile, will likely seem unsurprising to anyone familiar with Bowie's 100 favorite books (even though The Idiot didn't make the cut). 

Though many celebrities have posed for the posters over the years, Bowie’s remains one of the most iconic. The reprinted posters are now available to pre-order and will be shipped sometime in February. 

[h/t: Nerdist]

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge. Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

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