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How Fall Became The Big Season in Book Publishing

How Fall Became The Big Season in Book Publishing

[ad_1] This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. This originally appeared in our Today in Books daily newsletter, where each day we round up the most interesting stories, news, essays, and other goings on in the world of books and reading. Sign up here if you want to get it. _______________________________________- How Fall Became The Big Season in Book Publishing We got an incredible link from a listener of the Book Riot Podcast about the origins of publishing’s “seasons,” especially the big separation into “Fall” and “Spring” lists. The answer is both sort of boring and amazing. Basically, in the early 19th century, the vast majority of book publishers were in the Northeast (and printers too). You know what happens in the winter in New England. Stuff freezes. And you know what the best way to get books to the rest of the country was? Boats and rivers. So publishers had a “fall list” that they got out before things iced up and a “spring …

China’s car exports hit record high in April, as domestic sales fall

China’s car exports hit record high in April, as domestic sales fall

[ad_1] BEIJING: China’s car exports surged to a record high in April, data showed on Friday (May 10), as domestic sales slipped 5.8 per cent from a year earlier amid intensifying price competition and consumers’ caution about spending on big items during a shaky economic recovery. Car exports jumped 38 per cent year-on-year to 417,000 units in April, continuing strong momentum from the previous month which posted a 39 per cent growth in exports, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said. An ongoing anti-subsidy investigation by the EU into Chinese automakers has disrupted and put pressure on vehicle exports to the bloc, but China has been actively exploring South America, Australia and ASEAN markets for exports, said Cui Dongshu, secretary general of the association. He said local automakers would have to make a choice between going overseas and losing out, as competition in the domestic market intensifies. Passenger vehicle sales in the world’s biggest auto market fell 5.8 per cent in April from a year earlier to 1.55 million units and slipped 9.6 per cent …

The Rise and Fall of Congo’s Infamous Dictator

The Rise and Fall of Congo’s Infamous Dictator

[ad_1]   Mobutu Sese Seko, once a hopeful political journalist, became one of the world’s most infamous dictators. He achieved his astronomical rise through calculated exploitations of political instability. To tighten his grip on his nation, he would lead a brutal campaign of terror to eliminate any opponents. Mobutu would become one of the world’s richest men while the people of his country starved. Despite his many abuses, Mobutu would gain the steady support of the United States throughout the Cold War and would catapult his country to the forefront of African politics.   Early Life & Political Involvement Mobutu opening the Central Office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Leopoldville, 1960s. Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa   On October 14, 1930, in the city of Lisala, Northwestern Belgian Congo, Joseph-Desire Mobutu was born. His mother Marie was a hotel maid, and his father Alberic worked as a cook for a Belgian judge. Alberic died when Mobutu was just eight years old, and as a result, Mobutu was raised by …

‘The Fall Guy’ live show opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

‘The Fall Guy’ live show opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

[ad_1] When “The Fall Guy” star Ryan Gosling and director David Leitch recently made a surprise guest appearance at a new “Fall Guy”-themed live show at Universal Studios Hollywood, they riled up the audience as a funny story line unfolded about a director who pushes his team to do increasingly complicated stunts. Jet-Ski-type crafts flip, explosions send actors hurtling, and if you’re sitting near the front row, you might have a hot piece of flying rubber shrapnel fall by your knee. It’s all in good fun. “This is a live show based on a movie, based on a TV show, based on a stunt man,” is one of the show’s punchlines. “The Fall Guy Stuntacular Pre-Show,” which can be seen before the park’s popular “WaterWorld” show through May 19, was produced in partnership with 87North Productions, which was co-founded by Leitch, a former stuntman himself, and producer Kelly McCormick. The idea came to Leitch and his team during a tour of the theme park last year. A stunt performer flips during “The Fall Guy Stuntacular …

Intel Shares Fall After Cutting Q2 Revenue Estimates Over Pulled China Licenses

Intel Shares Fall After Cutting Q2 Revenue Estimates Over Pulled China Licenses

[ad_1] Intel provided an update on its second-quarter revenue forecast following the Biden administration’s decision to revoke its export license to supply semiconductors to Huawei. The new estimates reveal revenues will be below the midpoint of the $12.5 billion to $13.5 billion range.  Blame game… A new trend? Blame earnings weakness on Biden policies: here’s Intel pic.twitter.com/UjIdBcishc — zerohedge (@zerohedge) May 8, 2024 In an SEC filing on Wednesday, Intel revealed that the US Department of Commerce’s revoking of its license for exports to specific Chinese customers will pressure second-quarter earnings. The company now expects revenue for the quarter to “remain in the original range of $12.5 billion to $13.5 billion but below the midpoint.”  Intel added, “For full year 2024, the Company continues to expect revenue and earnings per share to grow year-over-year compared to 2023.”  This comes after an overnight report from the Financial Times that said the Biden administration “revoked export licences that allow Intel and Qualcomm to supply Huawei with semiconductors as Washington increases the pressure on the Chinese telecoms equipment company.”  People familiar with the situation said the Department of Commerce’s latest move was to pressure the …

NASA Releases Video of What It’s Like to Fall Into a Black Hole

NASA Releases Video of What It’s Like to Fall Into a Black Hole

[ad_1] Whoa! Turn of Events A new NASA simulation takes you to where no human has ever dared to go: into the overpowering embrace of a black hole. The stunning visualization, available on YouTube in a 360-degree video and as an explainer, shows the reality-warping journey of approaching a supermassive black hole’s event horizon, the boundary past which nothing — not even light — returns. “People often ask about this, and simulating these difficult-to-imagine processes helps me connect the mathematics of relativity to actual consequences in the real universe,” Jeremy Schnittman, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who created the visualizations, said in a NASA release about the video. “So I simulated two different scenarios, one where a camera — a stand-in for a daring astronaut — just misses the event horizon and slingshots back out, and one where it crosses the boundary, sealing its fate.” Strung Out Black holes are the source of many a cosmic mystery. Most enigmatic of all is what’s at their core: a singularity, meaning a one-dimensional point …

Auriol Grey: Woman who caused cyclist to fall into path of car has manslaughter conviction overturned | UK News

Auriol Grey: Woman who caused cyclist to fall into path of car has manslaughter conviction overturned | UK News

[ad_1] A woman who shouted and waved aggressively at a cyclist on the pavement, causing her to fall into the path of a car, has had her conviction for manslaughter overturned. CCTV showed Auriol Grey shout “get off the f****** pavement” as Celia Ward approached her in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, in October 2020. The 77-year-old then veered off the 2.4 metre-wide path into the road. Image: Auriol Grey. Pic: PA Grey, who has cerebral palsy and was described by her lawyer as “partially blind”, was given a three-year jail sentence in March 2023 after being convicted of manslaughter. The Court of Appeal ruled today that the manslaughter conviction should be overturned. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive breaking news alerts on a smartphone or tablet via the Sky News app. You can also follow @SkyNews on X or subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with the latest news. [ad_2] Source link

Bird flu has hit US cows but tracking efforts fall woefully short

Bird flu has hit US cows but tracking efforts fall woefully short

[ad_1] Bird flu is now in US dairy herds mladenbalinovac/Getty Images Public health experts warn not enough is being done to contain the spread of a bird flu virus in US dairy cows, raising the risk of the disease spilling over into people. More than a month has passed since the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) first announced that dairy cattle in several US states had tested positive for a bird flu virus called H5N1, which has killed millions of birds and hundreds of mammals worldwide. The virus has since been detected in 36… [ad_2] Source link

Met Gala: Katy Perry’s mom among many who fall for AI deepfake of singer

Met Gala: Katy Perry’s mom among many who fall for AI deepfake of singer

[ad_1] As the Met Gala photos of the hottest celebs dressed in couture started rolling in yesterday (Monday 6 May), an AI photo of Katy Perry tricked her own mom and many others as they branded her ‘best dressed’ despite not being there in person. The Met Gala isn’t an ordinary ceremony, it’s often regarded as the most prestigious fashion event and is one where celebrities are encouraged to dress up to a theme and revel in the art of fashion. While Katy Perry has been in attendance in previous years with avant-garde looks, many were tricked into thinking she was at the 2024 event when two AI photos of her went viral. Internet is playing with my mind right now ???? #MetGala #KatyPerry pic.twitter.com/ElG7hLnaYb — hemy (@hemysamuel) May 6, 2024 Dressed in two outfits perfect for the ‘Garden of Time’ theme, Katy Perry’s mom believed she had shown up on the carpet. Instead, the singer was recording in a studio. Katy Perry took to Instagram to share the text her mom sent her which …