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Summer air travel is off to a messy start. Here’s how to up the chances of getting where you want to go – CNN

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(CNN) — The last thing any traveler needs after the past two years is more chaos and confusion.

Unfortunately, many air travelers this summer are in for a bumpy ride.

United Airlines on Thursday became the latest US carrier to trim some summer flights.

Delta Air Lines , JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have also trimmed their summer schedules.

“It’s a wise decision that the airlines cut back, ” says Kathleen Bangs, a former airline pilot and spokesperson for flight tracking site FlightAware.

She cited many factors causing an increased number of delays and cancellations — among them shortages of pilots and air flow traffic controllers and overall airline staffing shortages.

And it’s happening around the world. Ryanair staff at airports across Europe began a weekend of strikes on Friday, plus British Airways workers have voted to strike over pay concerns. If British Airways goes ahead, the move could cause more big problems for travelers this summer.

For the air traveler in the summer of 2022, this all means more strategic planning. Here are some tips to up your chances of getting where you want to go this summer.

Go early, with a buffer

• Fly early. Taking a flight that departs early in the day helps to avoid the cascading effect of delays and cancellations, says Bangs. Bad weather is also more likely to affect later flights.

• And leave plenty of time at the airport. Bangs had a 7 a. m. departure last week out of Houston Intercontinental that had her leaving her hotel at 4: 30 a. m.

“And I was a bit surprised that even at that earlier hour, the two hours I had between arrival at the airport terminal and departure were ALMOST not enough, ” Bangs said in an email.

The typical recommended two-hour buffer for domestic flights might not be enough right now. “Three hours might be more in order at large airports. ”

• Opt for nonstop, frequent service. Choosing a nonstop flight offered several times a day on major carriers ups your odds of getting rebooked on the same itinerary in a timely manner, said Willis Orlando, senior product operations specialist at airfare deals site Scott’s Cheap Flights.

• If you have connections, leave a buffer. Book with two hours minimum between connecting flights, Bangs advises. Tight connections could leave you stranded.

• Leave cushion time for can’t-miss events. Don’t travel on the day of an important event such as a wedding. Plan to arrive at least one day early.

Pack strategically and make a back-up plan

• Use a carry-on with regard to essentials. Pack anything you’ll need within one or two days in your carry-on. Don’t check prescription medications or other essentials.

• Or consider traveling only with carry-on luggage. A rolling suitcase plus a “personal item, ” which Bangs notes can be much larger than a typical purse, can often suffice even on longer trips.

“Ladies, don’t use a purse as your second carry-on. Get a big second luggage that FITS your purse inside, ” Bangs advises.

• To be really safe, book a backup flight. Bangs often books a refundable or reusable second ticket.

“The odds of two different carriers, a couple hours apart, both getting canceled are still fairly slim, ” Bangs noted, unless there’s a widespread weather occasion.

• Or even consider other back-up transportation. “Having the back-up rental car is a good idea regarding shorter flights, ” Bangs said. “Most rental agencies won’t charge if you cancel. ”

Get your journey tools in order

• Check your departure airport’s website and Twitter feed. They often share useful information about construction projects impacting operations and long security lines.

• Check your airline’s website intended for travel waivers. Sometimes you can easily change your airline flight when delays and cancellations are likely, Bangs said. Case in point: Delta issued a waiver right before Memorial Day weekend because of inclement weather forecasts.

• Check your credit card’s travel coverage. Premium card holders often have insurance that could cover expenses such as meals and accommodation in the event of a delay or cancellation.

• Make sure you have airline apps. If your flight is canceled, reschedule your traveling on the airline’s app, Fucks advises. You’re likely to be able to rebook faster and you’ll have access to seats that would probably be filling up as you waited on the phone.

If you have to rebook, do your research and be considerate

Do your research and work with airline agents. If you have a carrier preference or a route you prefer, speak up.

“Work with them to see if they can put you on a different carrier, or route you through a different city than what they’re offering, inch Bangs advises.

The girl recently got rerouted through Phoenix rather than Salt Lake City at her request because she preferred to be on a mainline airline rather than a regional carrier and she felt she’d have more options from Phoenix if she got stuck there.

• Ask for a hotel voucher or a frequent flier miles credit. If you can’t get on a flight the same day, it’s worth asking for meal and/or hotel vouchers. In many cases, such as weather occasions, airlines aren’t required to provide them, but it’s worth asking.

Bangs negotiated a miles credit recently and she has already used it to book a flight this fall.

• Stay considerate. Don’t take your frustration out on customer service employees. They aren’t making the particular operations decisions.

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Winds of Winter release: George RR Martin gives fans hope in his latest update – Express

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Now 11 years on since A Dance with Dragons was published and George RR Martin is still working away on the latest A Song of Ice and Fire book. Three years since Game of Thrones ended and the author is snowed under with all kinds of other projects including spin-off shows, with House of the Dragon kicking off in August. In his latest blog post, the 73-year-old confirmed the rumour that a Jon Snow TV series is indeed in the works and updated on The Winds of Winter.

The ever-busy writer said: “I don’t really have a spare moment today, truth be told, but I am making one, since the news has broken about the Jon Snow development and I am being deluged with requests for comment. So…. Yes, there is a Jon Snow show in development. The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER story was largely correct.   And I would expect no less from James Hibberd. I have dealt with a lot of reporters over the past few years, and Hibberd is one of the very best, an actual journalist who does all the things journalists are supposed to do (getting the facts right, talking to sources, respecting requests for ‘background only’ and ‘off the record,’ etc) that most of the clickbait sites never bother with. Our working title for the show is SNOW.”

Alongside Snow, Martin is working with HBO on developing Ten Thousand Ships, Sea Snake aka Nine Voyages, and Dunk and Egg show The Hedge Knight.

The Game of Thrones creator admitted this doesn’t mean they’re green-lit and would love them all to be, but in reality that probably wouldn’t be the case.

Amid all this news and the endless projects he’s working on, right at the end, he gave that update on The Winds of Winter fans really wanted.

READ MORE: Game of Thrones: George RR Martin glad Red Wedding ‘angered and upset’

Martin wrote then: “WINDS, you say? Yes, still working. Finally finished a clutch of Cersei chapters that were giving me fits. Now I am wrestling with Jaime and Brienne. The work proceeds, though not as fast as many of you would like. That’s all for now.”

The book may be over a decade in the making, but now he’s working on Tyrion certainly indicates progress. Hang in there, A Song of Ice and Fire fans.

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Notable and interesting journalism for your weekend – Poynter

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Good Friday morning. For today’s Poynter Report, a list of good journalism to catch up on over the weekend, along with a few media tidbits and thoughts. Why is there a photo from the premiere of “All the President’s Men” leading the newsletter? Read on and you’ll find out. Talk to you again on Monday.

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Writer Vladimir Sorokin: ‘I underestimated the power of Putin’s madness’ – Financial Times

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Fingernail croquettes. Shoelaces à la carbonara. Cotton buds in madeira. Ladies’ gloves in aspic.

This isn’t the menu for today’s Lunch with the FT, but a selection of dishes from “The Banquet”, a short story by Vladimir Sorokin, one of Russia’s leading contemporary novelists. He gives me the German translation as we sit down to eat.

I’d arrived at Il Calice in west Berlin with a healthy appetite. That evaporates as soon as I flip through his gift (condom ice cream, anyone?). I ask if people have tried out the recipes. “Someone made the ladies’ shoes in chocolate,” he says. It’s unclear if it was a success.

“The Banquet” throbs with Sorokin’s exquisite style and signature surreal humour. It is there, too, in the clothes he is wearing today — a T-shirt adorned with a large magpie, a sly reference to his surname (the Russian word for magpie is “soroka”).

The black of his shirt setting off his long, shaggy locks of white hair, Sorokin seems relaxed and untroubled — which is strange considering that for the past three months he has been living in self-imposed exile. He and his wife Irina left Russia two days before President Vladimir Putin sent his troops into Ukraine, and he has no plans to return.

“I underestimated the power of Putin’s madness,” he says.

Sorokin, who is 66, has long been on bad terms with the Kremlin. As early as 2002, a pro-Putin youth group threw copies of his books into a huge mock toilet outside the Bolshoi Theatre. Days later, police opened a case against him for pornography (the object of their ire was the graphic sex scene between clones of Stalin and Khrushchev in his novel Blue Lard).

Yet these were just minor irritants compared with the war in Ukraine, which has prompted him to finally sever ties. I ask if his exile is permanent. He hints he won’t go back while Putin is in power. “I really hope the forces of darkness retreat to the underworld,” he says.

It’s a surprisingly moral line for a playful, experimental writer who was never a classic dissident. Unlike didactic Russian novelists such as Tolstoy, he is an aesthete who delights in disorienting and disturbing the reader with scenes of bizarre sex and stomach-churning violence. In 1991, furious workers at a Russian printing house refused to publish his collected short stories in protest at its shocking content. Then, as now, Sorokin took the outrage with a pinch of salt. “We just found another printer,” he says.

Sorokin is at an interesting juncture in his career. Admired in continental Europe, he has struggled to break through in the UK and US. That might be about to change, thanks to a brilliant young translator, Max Lawton, who is tackling eight of his books. Two of them, Telluria and Their Four Hearts, come out in English this year: six more, including Blue Lard, will be published over the next three years.

Sorokin has also gained attention abroad in recent months with his outspoken attacks on Putin, all of which crackle with his exemplary ghoulishness. In an article published in the Guardian four days after the start of the Ukraine war, he said the president had lapped up hatred of the west “in the black milk he drank from the KGB’s teat”.

Sorokin is part of an exodus of liberal-minded intellectuals, artists and creatives from Russia that began roughly when Putin returned as president in 2012 and became a stampede when war broke out. Unlike most of them, he was fortunate to have a second home in Europe to withdraw to — a flat in the genteel Berlin neighbourhood of Charlottenburg that he has owned since 2011. Il Calice is a 10-minute walk away.

The restaurant is on a corner of Walter-Benjamin-Platz, a neoclassical, colonnaded square that is a landmark of the capital, and it reflects the cool, minimalist aesthetic of its surroundings. There is wood panelling on the walls and rows of identical milky-white lamps shedding unobtrusive light.

It’s asparagus season in Germany, so the starter is a no-brainer — zuppa di asparagi bianchi. Sorokin goes for the roast beef from Friesian cows, with bell pepper, rosemary potato mash and salsa verde, and orders a glass of Nebbiolo. I choose the home-made tagliatelle with white veal ragout, and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from South Tyrol.

Il Calice is, says Sorokin, one of his favourite Berlin eateries. “They have a very creative approach to food,” he says. Judging by the recipes for “house-dust tartlets” and “toothbrush soufflé” in “The Banquet”, you could say the same about Sorokin.

He is best known in the west for Day of the Oprichnik, a satire set in 2028 Moscow with uncanny parallels to the present day. In a Russia that has slid back to tsarist autocracy, a band of secret policemen, a revamp of Ivan the Terrible’s feared “oprichniki” bodyguard, flog intellectuals, burn down noblemen’s houses and gang-rape their wives.

Oprichnik was written in 2006, a time of relative optimism in Russia. I ask him how he was so sure things would take the malevolent turn they did. “There’s a song by The Who — ‘I Can’t Explain’,” he says, suddenly switching from Russian to English.

Then he tries to. Patriots were claiming at the time that Russia should isolate itself from the west “and I decided to write a fantasy about what [it] would be like if that happened. And now it’s actually happening.”

The response of the Russian reading public was dismissive. “People initially reacted with humour,” he says. “But then they stopped smiling.”

Though it is often grotesque and fantastical, Oprichnik contains some flourishes that now seem amazingly prescient. In the novel, Russia has built a wall to seal itself off from the west: now, 16 years later, Russia and Europe are decoupling, amid a flurry of swingeing sanctions and energy embargoes. I ask, jokingly, if Putin will ever build a real wall. Sorokin shakes his head. “Half the bricks would get stolen,” he says.

The waiter returns with our soup, which both of us enjoy (“Sehr gut,” is Sorokin’s verdict). I ask him about the appeal he signed with a number of other Russian writers, journalists and film directors in February demanding an immediate end to the war — quite a brave gesture, given that Putin has condemned critics of his “special military operation” as “traitors” and “scumbags”. What was the reaction in his homeland?

“Sensible people appreciated it,” he says. But the pro-Putinites “said we’re cultural traitors who support the enemy”. One Russian MP has already called for the books of war critics to be banned.

He seems genuinely horrified by what has happened to his compatriots. “These are people who’ve been turned into zombies over the last 20 years by state TV,” he says. “Now they’ve got on to tanks and gone off to fight for a cause that only Putin can understand.”

I quote his recent claim that Russians themselves are to blame for the war. Is that fair, I ask. After all, you could argue Putin took the whole country hostage, gradually turning a makeshift democracy into a dictatorship. Aren’t you blaming the victims?

“Clever people have had 20 years to figure out who Putin is,” he says. During the early years of his presidency, oil prices rose, living standards improved and people turned a blind eye to his autocratic excesses. “They wallowed in luxury,” Sorokin says. “They traded their conscience for material wellbeing. And now they’re reaping the reward.”

Our second course arrives. My pasta looks — and tastes — delicious, but I eye Sorokin’s beef with envy. It looks succulent and beautifully cooked, and he seems satisfied (“It’s a masterpiece,” he says, with relish).

The food is exquisite, but the service patchy. Ordering another glass of Nebbiolo proves a challenge, even though we’re Il Calice’s only customers. The increasingly desperate whoops Sorokin and I emit to summon a waiter make us sound like the heroes of one of his novels.

On the subject of Putin, a man he describes as the “great destroyer”, Sorokin is now really hitting his stride. “He has ruined everything he’s touched,” he says — not only Russia’s free press and democratic parliament but its economy and even its army. “He claims he’s lifted Russia from its knees, but really he’s just destroyed it,” he says.

Sorokin has a point when it comes to the army: western experts have been surprised by its poor performance in Ukraine. But he himself never had any illusions. In one short story, “Purple Swans”, Russia is plunged into an existential crisis after all the uranium in its nuclear warheads turns to sugar. The implication: Russian power is just a Potemkin village.

Maybe, Sorokin suggests, Putin doesn’t even aspire to victory in Ukraine. He repeats Salvador Dalí’s famous line about Hitler unleashing the second world war “not to win, as most people think, but to lose”.

“Exactly as in Wagner’s operas, it has to end for him, the hero, as tragically as possible,” Dalí’ wrote in 1944. “I think Putin’s the same,” Sorokin says.

Sorokin was born in 1955 in a village outside Moscow. His literary gift came to the fore at an early age: an erotic short story he wrote when he was 14 became a huge hit among his school friends. The story was called “Apples” — “because the lovers met in a queue for apples”.

It is a theme that he explored in one of his earliest mature works, The Queue, a novel made up entirely of scraps of dialogue, exclamations and profanities uttered by a group of Soviet citizens standing in line, which was published in France in 1985 and distributed in his homeland in “samizdat” form.

After studying engineering at an oil and gas institute in Moscow, Sorokin became a book illustrator and designer and joined the capital’s nonconformist artistic underground. He mixed with a group of artists known as the Conceptualists, who famously adopted the tropes of socialist realism to expose its emptiness.

In 1975 Sorokin found himself in the studio of Erik Bulatov, one of the group’s most famous proponents, renowned for his big blue skies plastered over with empty communist slogans. It was a breakthrough for him. “It was like ozone — my head started spinning,” he says.

Another important influence was Ilya Kabakov, whose witty, absurdist installations about Soviet life (such as “The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment” from 1985) later brought him huge fame in the west. Sorokin says that visiting Kabakov’s studio “was like a drug trip”.

Sorokin began writing, and after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 more and more of his work began to be published in his homeland. But for eight years in the 1990s, a time of economic crisis, social collapse and political upheaval, he published no new novels at all.

“You realise that literature just lags behind the age you’re living in, you can’t keep up with it,” he says. “It’s like trying to write a novel about a war while you’re living in that war.”

Then in 1999 came Blue Lard, which sealed his reputation as one of Russia’s most wildly original novelists. The titular substance is excreted by clones of famous Russian writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Pasternak. Their writings — hilarious parodies of the original authors — feature prominently in the text.

The experiments in style continued with Oprichnik, which describes a high-tech future fused with feudal barbarity, written in a bizarre archaic language with hypermodern inflections. The book might be satirical, but its message is deadly serious: Russia’s chronic tendency to embrace autocratic rule.

“Everyone’s talking about the barbarities [Russia is committing in Ukraine], these medieval methods of war,” Sorokin says. “It’s all because the Russian state hasn’t really changed since the Middle Ages, the time of Ivan the Terrible.”

I bring up an idea he recently expressed, that Russia had made a fatal mistake by failing to bury the corpse of empire after the USSR collapsed, and it had now returned as a zombie. The current situation, he says, is even worse: “Now we’ll have to bury the rest too, the new Russian empire as well as the Soviet one.”

As our plates are cleared, Sorokin checks his watch: he has a reading at Berlin’s Literaturhaus in a few hours and must prepare.

In our remaining minutes, I bring up an interview a few years ago in which he said the Russia of now reminded him of the USSR in 1983, a time of stagnation and despair. Eight years later, the country collapsed. Does that mean, I ask, that Russia faces similar cataclysms?

Sorokin makes a bold prediction: Russia will lose the war with Ukraine, triggering “irreversible processes” that will ultimately bring down the Putin regime. Experts are already predicting the “worst economic crisis of the post-Soviet period . . . We face hectic times,” he says. “Anything could happen.”

Ultimately, he says, the end could come as quickly and dramatically as it did in 1917, the year of the Bolshevik revolution. Sorokin quotes the illustrious Russian philosopher Vasily Rozanov, who noted that in 1917, “Russia faded away in two days — three at the most”.

“There was no tsardom left, no church, no army, no working class,” Rozanov wrote. “What remained? Strangely, nothing at all. Just the vile people.”

Sorokin once divided his time between his house near Moscow and his flat in Berlin, saying he needed to balance out the “order” of Germany with the “disorder” of Russia, and to experience Moscow’s winter snow — “essential” for a Russian writer. I ask him if it will be painful to be cut off from his homeland.

“Of course it will be hard — I’m connected to Russia, not only on the level of language,” he says. But there is a precedent for his exile, he says, name-checking the many Russians who ended up in Berlin in the 1920s, fleeing from or expelled by the Bolsheviks — the novelist Vladimir Nabokov, the philosophers Nikolai Berdyaev and Semyon Frank.

And as I settle our bill, I have one last question for him. Russia’s war on Ukraine has prompted a call for a boycott of Russian artists. I ask if he is worried that he could become collateral damage in the new culture wars.

Sorokin becomes thoughtful. “It’s natural that culture will have to pay for this carnage,” he says. The Germans, too, paid a price after the second world war — “Lots of people said they’d never read Goethe again.” But then time passed and so did anti-German sentiment.

“I think Russian culture will endure,” he says, as we shake hands and part. “It’s already part of the world’s cultural heritage — it’s hard to do without it.”

Guy Chazan is the FT’s Berlin bureau chief

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The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup – The Guardian

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The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup

Murder Before Evensong by Richard Coles; Tokyo Express by Seichō Matsumoto; Wake by Shelley Burr; Sun Damage by Sabine Durrant; Aurora by David Koepp

Murder Before Evensong by Richard Coles

Murder Before Evensong by Richard Coles (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £16.99)
The first in a projected series from the pop star turned vicar and memoirist, Murder Before Evensong is set in the late 1980s in the English village of Champton. This enjoyable cosy crime novel contains all the requisites: a social hierarchy ranging from aristocrats to semi-feral woodland dwellers; lashings of afternoon tea and parish intrigue; charming pets; and a body in the church. There’s plenty of fascinating liturgical business, although clergyman sleuth Canon Daniel Clement, a mildly exasperated but accommodating type with little hinterland, does not, as yet, make much of an impression. We initially encounter him using a biblical text to persuade his congregation of the necessity of installing a toilet at the back of the church. This becomes the focus of a debate about the perils of upending the status quo and leads to a series of fatal events. The appropriately named DS Vanloo duly investigates, but the revelatory manner of the ending is religiously apt rather than convincing.

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Tokyo Express

Tokyo Express by Seichō Matsumoto, translated by Jesse Kirkwood (Penguin Classics, £12.99)
The railway mystery is another staple of golden age crime fiction, and this tale of timetables was the debut novel of bestselling writer Seichō Matsumoto (1909-1992). First published in Japan in 1958 and never out of print, it’s being reissued in the UK in a new translation. When ministry official Kenichi Sayama and waitress Toki Kuwayama are found dead in a cove on the island of Kyushu, next to a bottle that appears to have held cyanide-laced juice, it is chalked up as a lovers’ suicide pact. However, neither local detective Jūtarō Torigai nor his Tokyo-based colleague Kiichi Mihara buy this explanation: the pair were witnessed boarding the train from the capital the day before their bodies are discovered and anomalies keep piling up, and the ministry where Sayama worked is mired in a corruption scandal. No revelations here, but intuition coupled with dogged detective work and a palpable sense of frustration, as the two men go back and forth along the line – maps and diagrams provide clarification – trying to solve the mystery in this ingeniously plotted story.

Wake by Shelley Burr

Wake by Shelley Burr (Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99)
This outstanding debut from Australian newcomer Burr is set in the outback town of Nannine in the parched landscape of rural New South Wales. When Mina McCreery was nine years old, her twin, Evelyn, was kidnapped; 19 years later, the million-dollar reward her late mother put up for anyone who could find her is still unclaimed. The traumatised and defensive Mina now leads a reclusive life on the family’s isolated farm and the case, which generated intense media interest, continues to be debated with gusto on internet forums for armchair crime-solvers. When private investigator Lane Holland offers Mina his services, his stated interest is the reward, but he has an ulterior motive and a connection with Nannine that he has not shared with her. With a slow build and complex characters, this is both a well-plotted, gripping mystery and a sensitive exploration of the aftermath of trauma.

Sun Damage by Sabine Durrant

Sun Damage by Sabine Durrant (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99)
Set in the south of France, Durrant’s latest novel is the tale of Ali who, after a “shitshow” childhood and late teens spent swindling gap yah kids in India, is taken up by older, more experienced and very controlling con artist Sean. By the time the pair have scammed their way through several countries, Ali has come to distrust and sometimes fear her mentor, and the morally queasy nature of their enterprise is getting to her. In the French Riviera, fresh-off-the-plane Lulu seems the perfect mark, and Ali reluctantly complies with Sean’s plans – but when things go badly awry, she escapes with €260,000 of his money and Lulu’s luggage and identity, replacing her as cook for a bunch of rich holidaymakers at a villa. Hoping not to be rumbled, or discovered by Sean, she wants a new start but is always looking over her shoulder … Claustrophobic and suspenseful, with an engaging narrator and a satisfying twist: perfect poolside reading.

Aurora by David Koepp

Aurora by David Koepp (HQ, £14.99)
This exciting, Michael Crichton-type thriller from American screenwriter Koepp (Carlito’s Way, Jurassic Park) posits a geomagnetic storm hitting the Earth and leaving most of the planet without electrical power. Everything from communications and lighting to refrigeration and supply chains abruptly ceases, and, with food and fuel becoming scarce, law and order begins to break down. Tech billionaire Thom Banning retreats with his family to a specially purchased desert bunker in Utah, but he’s reckoned without the human element, and things don’t go according to plan. Meanwhile, in the Illinois suburb of Aurora, Thom’s sister Aubrey, completely unprepared and saddled with a sulky teenage stepson, is using her wits to survive – while her deadbeat former husband is doing his best to profit from the catastrophe. This is a one-sitting read, tightly plotted and atmospheric, with characters you’ll invest in as the world around them spins out of control.

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Summer Reads: Jennifer Garner recommends 6 books to unwind this season – The News International

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Jennifer Garner recommends 6 books to unwind this Summer: Pics
Jennifer Garner recommends 6 books to unwind this Summer: Pics

Jennifer Garner has recently recommended top summer reads for fans and followers on social media.

On Thursday, the 13 Going On 30 star has mentioned about her summer reading selections on Instagram stories. These books will surely keep engrossed this entire season.

The Adam Project actress has a wide range of collections which varies from memoir to fiction. According to Garner, there are a few “stunning books by brilliant people” that she loves.

Here are her top 6:

1. Molly Shannon’s memoir Hello Molly which the actress believed it to be “brilliant, funny and brave” read. 

Summer Reads: Jennifer Garner recommends 6 books to unwind this season

2. Selma Blair’s Mean Baby to which Garner remarked, “I first met her when we were both very young and I was intimidated by her”.

Summer Reads: Jennifer Garner recommends 6 books to unwind this season

3. Ali Wentworth’s Ali’s Well that Ends Well which she called as “smart, wise and a good dose of funny”.

Summer Reads: Jennifer Garner recommends 6 books to unwind this season

4. Jenna and Angela’s The Office BFFs celebrated “friendships”. 

Summer Reads: Jennifer Garner recommends 6 books to unwind this season

5. Viola Davis’ Finding Me which the actress described it as an “awe-inspiring memoir” of Viola’s life.

Summer Reads: Jennifer Garner recommends 6 books to unwind this season

6. Lastly, the actress recommended Cabin Tripping for all those who “romanticise the idea of little sneak away just like her”.

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Jennifer Garner shares top 6 picks for Summer reads – Geo News

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Jennifer Garner shares top 6 picks for Summer reads
Jennifer Garner shares top 6 picks for Summer reads

Jennifer Garner has recently shared her favourite summer picks with her fans and followers on social media.

On Thursday, the 13 Going On 30 star has mentioned about her summer reading selections on Instagram stories. These books will surely keep engrossed this entire season.

The Adam Project actress has a wide range of collections which varies from memoir to fiction. According to Garner, there are a few “stunning books by brilliant people” that she loves.

Here are her top 6:

1. Molly Shannon’s memoir Hello Molly which the actress believed it to be  “brilliant, funny and brave” read.

Jennifer Garner shares top 6 picks for Summer reads

2.  Selma Blair’s Mean Baby to which Garner remarked, “I first met her when we were both very young and I was intimidated by her”.

Jennifer Garner shares top 6 picks for Summer reads

3.  Ali Wentworth’s Ali’s Well that Ends Well which she called as “smart, wise and a good dose of funny”.

Jennifer Garner shares top 6 picks for Summer reads

4. Jenna and Angela’s The Office BFFs celebrated “friendships”. 

Jennifer Garner shares top 6 picks for Summer reads

5. Viola Davis’ Finding Me which the actress described it as an “awe-inspiring memoir” of Viola’s life.

Jennifer Garner shares top 6 picks for Summer reads

6. Lastly, the actress recommended Cabin Tripping for all those who “romanticise the idea of little sneak away just like her”.

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Delhi: CBI Books Private Packaging Company for Bank Fraud; Searches Underway Read @ANI … – Latest Tweet – LatestLY

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‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ celebrates 25 magical years – The Indian Express

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When Bloomsbury Publishing founder Nigel Newton brought home a manuscript for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by a then unknown J.K. Rowling, his daughter Alice described it as “possibly one of the best books an 8/9 year old could read”.

Twenty-five years later, it is one of the biggest selling novels of all time after capturing the hearts and imaginations of children around the world.

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“I gave it to Alice who took it upstairs… We had the chapters up to Diagon Alley at that stage,” Newton told Reuters.

“She kind of floated down the stairs an hour later saying: ‘Dad, this book is better than anything you’ve shown me’.”

Sunday marks 25 years since Rowling’s first book about the magical world of witches and wizards was published.

Rowling had faced rejection until Bloomsbury took her work on with an advance of 2,500 pounds. Her story went on to become a massive hit around the world, spawning a whole series of books and a huge film franchise.

“Did we know that it would sell over 500 million copies by the summer of 2022? No, but we did know that it was a great piece of writing,” Newton said.

“It was children and not their parents who were the original adopters of this book. It was a complete grassroots phenomenon.”

Those children would queue for hours in front of bookstores awaiting the latest instalments of Harry’s adventures, which culminated with 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.

For some, like Jacqueline Hulbert, now 23, it also helped them to enjoy reading.

“It was just phenomenal. It was nothing like I had tried to read before because the story was gripping enough that I wanted to keep trying to read it,” Hulbert said.

“Because unbeknownst to muggles (those lacking magical powers in the books) and like everyone we know there was like this hidden world in plain view, almost.”

The image of Harry in front of the Hogwarts Express, the train taking him to the famed magical school, is one of the most recognisable book covers in children’s literature.

It was done by author and illustrator Thomas Taylor in his first work commission. Taylor, then 23 and working in a children’s bookshop, had dropped off a sample portfolio depicting dragons at Bloomsbury.

“A few days later… the phone rang and it was (publisher) Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury asking me whether I’d like to do the cover art for a new book by a new author no one had heard of,” Taylor, known for the Eerie-on-Sea children’s books, said.

“And so I was pretty excited so I said yes. And of course I had no idea what it would go on to become.”

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ArtSEA: In a new novel, Seattle is the seat of tech dystopia – Crosscut

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Amazon’s head scientist for Alexa, Rohit Prasad, noted that many people had lost loved ones during the pandemic, and said, “While AI can’t eliminate that pain of loss, it can definitely make the memories last.” Meanwhile, on social media, people were generally creeped out.

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Last year, Microsoft earned similar comparisons to a certain Black Mirror episode (“Be Right Back”) with its patent filing for a chatbot based on a deceased person’s online profile. But in Prasad’s view, which he shared at the conference, “We are unquestionably living in the golden era of AI, where our dreams and science fictions are becoming a reality.”

It was an uncanny connection to the new novel I just finished reading: The Immortal King Rao, by Vauhini Vara. This sweeping, prescient and vividly told tale spans about 100 years, including a near-future in which a tech company based in Seattle — with a “Frank Gehry-designed campus” on Bainbridge Island, “the centerpiece of which was the quintet of giant transparent spheres that doubled as tropical greenhouses” — has taken over the role of civic government.

In this dystopia, citizens are “shareholders” and your station in life is determined by your “social capital” online. As is the current custom, the tech company — led by a computer genius named King Rao, who grew up on a coconut farm in South India — purports that its technologies bring humanity closer together. One of his developments lodges the internet inside your brain.

After an uprising, a swath of humans known as the “Exes” opt out, choosing to live Internet-free on islands worldwide, including Bainbridge, where resisters are fomenting a new kind of utopia. The story is narrated by Athena, Rao’s only child, to whom he has given full access to his memories through a trick of technology.

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