Bookmarks: March 1st

It’s officially March and that means the weather will get better, right? I have a sneaking suspicion that Mother Nature has other plans. In the meantime we still have an excuse to cozy up with a hot drink and a good book and catch up on what’s going on in the world of books! Here’s what’s happening this week:

  1. March Madness at HCC starts today!


HCC March Madness is an annual event that features 64 beloved books – one of which readers will crown as this year’s champion. So far there have been 11 years of madness and 11 winners! Starting on March 1st, readers will vote on match-ups to determine which books will advance to the next round. There are 6 rounds in total, and at the end, one book will be announced the 12th champion. The best part? It’s all determined by YOUR votes! Don’t forget to tweet, post, or share on social media using the hashtag #HCCMarchMadness. It’s all in good fun, so feel free to champion as many books as you’d like.

2. Angie Thomas gave a heartfelt and hilarious interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas discussed the perseverance it took to get her first novel The Hate U Give published and people’s reaction to it, her new novel On the Come Up, and the importance of telling these stories. For more information and to watch the video click here!

3. Woman opens a trailblazing shop to honour and sell rare books by women.

A.N. Devers

A.N. Devers has opened a bookshop where she hopes people will feel comfortable browsing, turning away from the old-boys-club feel of other rare bookstores while still maintaining the cluttered coziness we’ve come to expect from these types of shops. Just in time for International Women’s Day, too! Want to learn more? Click here!

4. DNA is being found in old books!


Labs are using DNA found in the parchment, birch bark tar and beeswax contained in old books to fill in gaps in written history. Experts in various fields of science, archeology and history are coming together to extract knowledge and learn about the people, animals and environments of the past. Read more about this fascinating project here!

Heard any more book news this week? Share it with us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy book time,


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