Non fiction – Optimal J http://optimalj.com/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:09:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://optimalj.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-24T001514.613-150x150.png Non fiction – Optimal J http://optimalj.com/ 32 32 Best-selling books in Canada for the week ending January 19, 2022 https://optimalj.com/best-selling-books-in-canada-for-the-week-ending-january-19-2022/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:50:10 +0000 https://optimalj.com/best-selling-books-in-canada-for-the-week-ending-january-19-2022/ There are two milestones on The Star’s bestseller lists this week: First, this may be the first time (in my memory, certainly, and maybe even forever) that a single author has had four books in the top 10 for original fiction. Colleen Hoover (CoHo to her fans) is a big deal with young women on […]]]>

There are two milestones on The Star’s bestseller lists this week:

First, this may be the first time (in my memory, certainly, and maybe even forever) that a single author has had four books in the top 10 for original fiction. Colleen Hoover (CoHo to her fans) is a big deal with young women on TikTok, who explains the strong sales of her latest, “Verity,” and much of her playlist, especially “It Ends With Us,” which celebrates this week 19 weeks in the top 10.

Second, “12 Rules of Life,” Toronto Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson2018 Manifesto for a Better Life, this week marks 104 weeks on the Original Nonfiction list, the equivalent of two full years. The book is No. 1 on Canada’s non-fiction list, mostly because January is when we turn a new page — and this book is considered self-help. And some of us still need to be reminded to make our beds.

Also interesting: most weeks, the best-selling book in all categories is a children’s or young adult book or a self-help book. This week, the best-selling book in Canada is “The Maid”, by the Toronto writer Nita Prose. It’s also been warmly received in the United States: it’s the Good Morning America Book Club‘s pick for January and it received a rave review in the New York Times for its “genuine emotional weight.” Not bad for a first novel, and rare for a Canadian to get this kind of attention.

ORIGINAL FICTION

1. The maid, Nita Prose, Viking (2)*

2. It Ends With Us, Colleen Hoover, earbuds (20)

3. Ugly Love, Colleen Hoover, earbuds (3)

4. Truth, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central (3)

5. Something to Hide, Elizabeth George, Viking (1)

6. The Love Hypothesis, Ali Hazelwood, Berkeley (3)

7. In Paradise, Hanya Yanagihari, McClelland & Stewart (1)

8. The Midnight Library, Matt Haig, Harper Avenue (26)

9. State of Terror, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Louise Penny, Simon & Schuster (12)

10. November 9, Colleen Hoover, Atria (1)

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

1. Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown, Random house (6)

2. Will, Will Smith, Mark Manson, Penguin (9)

3. Dawn of Everything, David Graeber, David Wengrow, Signal (2)

4. 12 rules for life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House (104)

5. Sweetgrass braiding, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (55)

6. Talk to Canadians, Rick Mercer, Doubleday Canada (10)

7. Untamed, Glennon Toyle, Dial (72)

8. Find the mother tree, Suzanne Simard, Allée Lane (7)

9. The Storyteller, Dave Grohl, rue Dey (14)

10. Climb, Lindsey Vonn, Dey Street (1)

CANADIAN FICTION

1. The maid, Nita Prose, Viking

2. State of Terror, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Louise Penny, Simon & Schuster

3. Find yourself first, Linwood Barclay, William Morrow

4. Lucky, Marissa Stapley, Simon & Schuster

5. Strangers, Katherena Vermette, Hamish Hamilton

6. Five little Indians, Michelle Good, HarperCollins Canada

7. The Apollo Murders, Chris Hadfield, Random House

8. The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline, dancing cat

9. Fight Night, Miriam Toews, Knopf Canada

10. What a strange paradise, Omar El Akkad, McClelland & Stewart

CANADIAN NON-FICTION

1. 12 rules of life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

2. Talk to Canadians, Rick Mercer, Doubleday Canada

3. Find the mother tree, Suzanne Simard, Allan Lane

4. No one wins alone, Mark Messier, Jimmy Roberts, Simon & Schuster

5. No time like the future, Michael J. Fox, Flatiron

6. Off the Record, Peter Mansbridge, Simon & Schuster

7. 21 things you might not know about the Indian Act, Bob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

8. Teachers today, Jody Carrington, Laurie McIntosh, Impress

9. Indian in the Cabinet, Jodie Wilson-Raybould, HarperCollins Canada

10. The Menopause Manifesto, Jen Gunter, Random House

CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS

1. Ghost Boys, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

2. Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night, Tui T. Sutherland, Mike Holmes, Graphix

3. Cat Kid Cartoon Club Insights, Dav Pilkey, Graphix.

4. Karen’s school photo (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #5), Ann M. Martin, Katy Farina, Graphix

5. Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16), Jeff Kinney, Amulet

6. A Good Girl’s Guide to Killing, Holly Jackson, Ember

7. They both die at the end, Adam Silvera, Feather Tree

8. Those Who Run in the Sky, Aviaq Johnston, Toma Feizo Gas, dwell

9. Legacy Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Little, Brown for Young Readers

10. Girl in Pieces, Kathleen Glasgow, embers

PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT

1. 101 essays that will change the way you think, Brianna West, Thought Catalog

2. How to start, Michael Bungay Stanier, page two

3. The subtle art of not giving a damn, Mark Manson, HarperCollins Canada

4. The 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene, Joost Elffers, Penguin

5. The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse, Charlie Mackesy, Harper One

6. The mountain is you, Brianna West, Thought Catalog

7. Think like a monk, Jay Shetty, Simon & Schuster

8. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills, Amber-Allen

9. How to make friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie, Paperback

10. Boldly, Brene Brown, Avery

* Number of weeks on the list

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How to continue education at home in the midst of the pandemic? https://optimalj.com/how-to-continue-education-at-home-in-the-midst-of-the-pandemic/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 01:27:21 +0000 https://optimalj.com/how-to-continue-education-at-home-in-the-midst-of-the-pandemic/

Continue education at home

COVID-19 has brought a huge lifestyle change among people and the impact of COVID-19 has changed the way people work, do business and study. From working professionals to students, everyone has made changes in the way they do their job. Students have shifted to online classes, but studying from home is not an easy task for students. However, it is still important to ensure that one continues one’s studies at home without any interruptions. Here are some tips for continuing education at home.

1. Set time to study

Without a proper schedule, studying becomes almost impossible as there can be many distractions. To ensure that there is a balance between academic life, especially when preparing for any Sarkari Review and personal life and the same can be done by preparing a schedule and sticking to it. There are a large number of applications that allow to create a to-do list and of course, one has the possibility of using the traditional pen to paper to create a calendar.

2. Attend your classes online

Many educational institutions are turning to online courses instead of offline courses to fight the virus. If you have online classes scheduled, create a reminder to make sure you don’t miss it. In fact, a reminder should be set for all important tasks like assignment due date, checking Sarkari Result date or reminder for an online exam. Also, when in doubt, don’t be afraid to have an open conversation with your teacher.

3. Try studying with the help of YouTube

Technology can be both a distraction and a productivity tool, depending on how you use it. There are a large number of free courses available on YouTube taught by expert teachers. There are many courses opened by reputable universities available to anyone to enhance their knowledge. In addition to this, crash courses are also available on the platforms. Take the time to watch these videos to learn more about your topic or something you are passionate about.

4. Take a course on platforms like Coursera, Skillshare or EdX

In addition to YouTube, there are several online platforms like Khan Academy, Coursera, Skillshare, Udemy, and EdX where you can choose a course of your choice and complete it to gain more knowledge. The premium versions of these platforms also give you the option to get certified for the same, which can then be displayed on your resume.

5. Read books

If the internet and technology are a constraint, you can always switch to reading books. Even with the technology available, you still have to engage in some kind of book every day. The book can be both non-fiction and fiction. Non-fiction books are useful for learning educational things and life lessons while fiction books can be read for fun, learning creative writing skills and expanding vocabulary.

6. Use learning apps

There are many learning apps available on App Store and Google Play Store which can be used to learn new things. For example, the Duolingo app can be used to learn a new language. The TED app can be used to learn more about innovative ideas. Similarly, the Codecademy app can be used to learn to code. Depending on what you want to learn, you can download an app for the same.

7. Read newspaper articles

Different platforms such as Google Scholar and JSTOR allow students to read newspaper articles. If you are a researcher, these platforms can be extremely useful to know the work done by other experts and can also be used as citations in your research work. During COVID, JSTOR is allowing users to read 100 articles for free in one month which should be used by students.

There are different ways in which you can continue their studies. Students have the option of continuing their studies in an offline and online format, depending on their preference. No matter how you want to educate yourself, it’s important that you engage in some kind of daily learning to stay on track. During continuing education, it is also important to maintain a perfect balance between the different aspects of life to have healthy mental health.

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HBKU Press presents its latest collections at DIBF https://optimalj.com/hbku-press-presents-its-latest-collections-at-dibf/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 06:28:00 +0000 https://optimalj.com/hbku-press-presents-its-latest-collections-at-dibf/ Doha: After a one-year hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) presents two years of new Arabic and English books in all genres at the 31st International Fair Doha Book Fair (DIBF) 2022 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC). Speaking ahead of the fair, Bachar Chebaro, […]]]>

Doha: After a one-year hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) presents two years of new Arabic and English books in all genres at the 31st International Fair Doha Book Fair (DIBF) 2022 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).

Speaking ahead of the fair, Bachar Chebaro, Executive Director of HBKU Press, said: “We are delighted to once again welcome people to our booth at this year’s Doha International Book Fair, which is the main event literature from Qatar. The past few years have been tough, but the entire HBKU Press team has worked tirelessly and overcome a series of challenges to get here. I am proud to say that we came back bigger and better than ever with many new Arabic and English titles to choose from by local Qatari authors, Arabic authors and creative talents from around the world.

“Although the pandemic has taken away so much, it can never diminish the power of books as a medium for learning, entertainment and respite. That’s why HBKU Press remains committed to promoting the love of literacy in our community and beyond. From fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, to academic and reference materials and more, our new titles amply demonstrate that we are capable of catering to a variety of readers with vast literary preferences.

Two of the most anticipated books of the year are Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s A Fairr World is Possible: A Model Proposal for United Nations Reform, and Layla Saad’s critically acclaimed book on anti-racism and covenant, Me and White Supremacy. Both will be available for the first time exclusively in Arabic through HBKU Press.

For a view of grassroots entrepreneurship, Dr. Evren Tok, Associate Dean of Innovation and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Islam and Global Affairs at HBKU’s College of Islamic Studies, and Dr. Asmaa Al Fadala, Director of Research and Content Development at WISE, launches their book Localizing Entrepreneurship Education.

This book in English examines the critical question of entrepreneurship and whether it should be driven by morals or by profits.

Fiction lovers can also enjoy many new Arabic titles that will make waves in the literary world. Qatari author Shamma Shaheen Al Kuwari’s HBKU Press title, In My Memory is a Place – Roots, has already received the 2021 Katara Prize for Arabic Novel and will be available at DIBF. Additionally, Arabic fiction titles such as The Abduction of the Beloved by Kuwaiti master storyteller Taleb Alrefai will be launched at this year’s DIBF.

Kummam Al Maadeed, acclaimed Qatari author, is making her young adult (YA) debut with HBKU Press, with her latest book published in English titled Calling Magic.

Children will be delighted with the range of new books available this year too. Titles like Football Stadiums of Qatar by Isabelle Hamdan; The Strange Merchant by Abdullah Fakhro; This is my family from Noor Al Henzab; What If by Laetitia D’Oultremont and illustrated by Reem Askari, The Mysterious Blossom by Sheikha Al Zeyara; Rana Al Hajj’s ultimate superhero; The palm tree and me by Dr. Fatima Al Maadeed; and much more.

HBKU Press booth is located in Hall 2, Booth 57 at the fair. Additionally, the entire collection of works from HBKU Press is also available on Rafeeq, Snoonu, Purplebox, and Lzhiba apps for those unable to attend DIBF in person. HBKU Press authors will autograph their new books at the HBKU Press booth at DIBF with daily author schedules available on social media.

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List of most borrowed books from the Greater Victoria Public Library https://optimalj.com/list-of-most-borrowed-books-from-the-greater-victoria-public-library/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:45:00 +0000 https://optimalj.com/list-of-most-borrowed-books-from-the-greater-victoria-public-library/ Barack Obama continues to dominate the non-fiction section of the Greater Victoria Public Library, where his book A promised land leads the list of top 10 borrowers. Keeping it all about family, Michelle Obama completes the list with her book To become. Both were also on the list last year. Other frequently borrowed titles include […]]]>

Barack Obama continues to dominate the non-fiction section of the Greater Victoria Public Library, where his book A promised land leads the list of top 10 borrowers.

Keeping it all about family, Michelle Obama completes the list with her book To become.

Both were also on the list last year.

Other frequently borrowed titles include Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens in Adult Fiction and Lincoln Pierce The gerbil ate my homework in the children’s section, according to the GVPL, which has compiled the rankings of its 12 branches and its virtual branch on gvpl.ca.

All formats are included: print, large print, digital and audiobooks.

GVPL chief executive Maureen Sawa said that given the difficult events of the past year, it’s no surprise that books on the themes of “hope, resilience and embracing life” are at the top of the most borrowed lists.

Rachel Rogers, GVPL’s Collections and Technical Services Coordinator, said many of the titles listed were particularly popular in digital format, “a trend we’ve seen continue since the pandemic began in 2020.”

Borrowers accessed over 1.8 million digital items in 2021.

Graphic books remain popular among young readers in areas such as science fiction and fantasy, Rogers said.

“We also have the Netflix effect with the new series shadow and bone creating renewed demand for Leigh Bardugo’s popular Grishaverse novels.

The system has also seen growing interest in adult fiction and historical fiction, Rogers said. “Normally Victoria is big on mysteries and thrillers – those are usually the most popular stuff.”

Along with non-fiction, she said audiobooks got a lot of traction, especially memoirs. “People were really interested in not only reading the memoirs, but also hearing them in the voices of the people themselves.”

This has meant a rush for books like those written by the Obamas.

“I’ve heard anecdotally from people saying they read the book and then listened to it as well, because they wanted to hear the Obamas speak in their own voice,” Rogers said.

After a period of closures at some branches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the system is fully operational again, with all branches open since last fall, she said. “There are a few spaces that aren’t open yet, but all branches and collections are open.”

Rogers said the goal is to gradually restore services to ensure they are safe and sustainable for customers and staff. “Doing it in a phased approach gave us a chance to make sure we weren’t doing something that we would have to undo.”

jbell@timescolonist.com

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JJ Watt is set to make an epic return to the Cardinals https://optimalj.com/jj-watt-is-set-to-make-an-epic-return-to-the-cardinals/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 22:38:15 +0000 https://optimalj.com/jj-watt-is-set-to-make-an-epic-return-to-the-cardinals/ “Mission: Impossible” was a TV show and later a movie series. The real-life non-fiction story unfolds in front of the entire footballing world thanks to Cardinals defensive lineman JJ Watt and his dramatically unthinkable comeback story. In reality, this probably shouldn’t be happening. And in the end, maybe it won’t happen at all. But if […]]]>

“Mission: Impossible” was a TV show and later a movie series. The real-life non-fiction story unfolds in front of the entire footballing world thanks to Cardinals defensive lineman JJ Watt and his dramatically unthinkable comeback story.

In reality, this probably shouldn’t be happening. And in the end, maybe it won’t happen at all.

But if the 11-year-old NFL veteran and three-time former league defensive player of the year can pull it off and play Monday night against the Rams in an NFC Wild Card game after he blew his left shoulder in an injury that was supposed to take four to six months to heal properly, it will be “Mission: Complete”.

“Impossible” is not in Watt’s dictionary or DNA. But make no mistake, the time, effort and determination he put into trying to make this a reality was done with one goal in mind – to try to help the Cardinals keep their season alive. for a possible deep run in the playoffs.

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New American Quarter plays will feature Maya Angelou, Sally Ride, and other historic women https://optimalj.com/new-american-quarter-plays-will-feature-maya-angelou-sally-ride-and-other-historic-women/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 02:03:21 +0000 https://optimalj.com/new-american-quarter-plays-will-feature-maya-angelou-sally-ride-and-other-historic-women/ The United States Mint began shipping the first coins of the American Women Quarters (AWQ) program. These outstanding quarters honoring Maya Angelou are manufactured at the Mint’s facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. Pieces featuring other historical women will begin shipping later this year and through 2025. “It is an honor for me to present our […]]]>

The United States Mint began shipping the first coins of the American Women Quarters (AWQ) program. These outstanding quarters honoring Maya Angelou are manufactured at the Mint’s facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. Pieces featuring other historical women will begin shipping later this year and through 2025.

“It is an honor for me to present our nation’s first circulating coins dedicated to celebrating American women and their contributions to American history,” said Deputy Director of the Mint, Ventris C. Gibson. “Each quarter of 2022 is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of achievement celebrated throughout this historic coin program. Maya Angelou, featured on the reverse of this first coin in the series, used words to inspire and uplift.

Writer, poet, performer, social activist and teacher, Angelou gained international notoriety as an author after the publication of her groundbreaking autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird is Singing.” Angelou’s published works of verse, non-fiction and fiction include over 30 bestselling titles. His remarkable career encompasses dance, theater, journalism and social activism. Recipient of more than 30 honorary degrees, Angelou read “On the Pulse of Morning” during the inauguration in 1992 of President Bill Clinton. Angelou’s reading marked the first time an African-American woman wrote and presented a poem during a presidential inauguration. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2013 she received the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for her contribution to the literary community.

The reverse (tails), designed by United States Mint (AIP) Art Infusion Program artist Emily Damstra and sculpted by United States Mint medalist artist Craig A. Campbell, depicts Maya Angelou with his arms raised. Behind her, a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of her way of life. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “MAYA ANGELOU”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and “QUART DE DOLLAR. “

The obverse (heads) is a portrait of George Washington originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser to mark George Washington’s 200th birthday. Although her work was a recommended design for the quarter of 1932, then-Treasury Secretary Mellon ultimately chose the well-known design by John Flanagan. Of Fraser, Deputy Director Gibson said, “I am proud that George Washington’s new obverse design is the work of one of the most prolific sculptors of the turn of the 20th century. Laura Gardin Fraser was the first woman to design an American commemorative coin, and her work is recognized in numismatic and artistic circles. Ninety years after she intended to, her obverse design will rightly take its place in the neighborhood.

The inscriptions are “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “2022”. The design of the obverse is common to all quarters issued in the series.

Authorized by Public Law 116-330, the American Women Quarters program features pieces with inverted patterns (tails) emblematic of the achievements and contributions of pioneering American women. Beginning in 2022 and through 2025, the Mint will issue five quarters in each of those years. The group of ethnically, racially and geographically diverse people honored under this program reflects a wide range of achievements and fields, including suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, l space and the arts. The other recipients in 2022 are physicist and first female astronaut, Dr. Sally Ride; Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation’s first female chief chief and Native American and women’s rights activist; Nina Otero-Warren, leader of the suffrage movement in New Mexico and first female superintendent of public schools in Santa Fe; and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star in Hollywood, who achieved international success despite racism and discrimination.

“Maya Angelou’s writings and activism have inspired countless Americans and her legacy has helped build equity and understanding in our country,” said Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), sponsor of the project. of law in the Senate. “She is exactly the type of leader I had in mind when Senator Fischer, Representative Lee and I drafted our bipartisan legislation to create a series of wards honoring the contributions of American women. This play will allow generations of Americans to discover the books and poetry of Maya Angelou which speak of the lived experience of black women.

As a leader of the civil rights movement, poet laureate, college professor, Broadway actress, dancer and first African American female cable car driver in San Francisco, the talent and artistry of Maya Angelou has inspired generations. Americans, ”said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), House sponsor of the bill. “I will forever cherish the private moments I have had the privilege of sharing with Maya, from speaking in her living room as sisters to her valuable advice throughout the challenges I have encountered as a black woman in a elected office. I am proud to have led this effort to honor these phenomenal women, who are most often overlooked in the telling of our country’s history. If you find yourself holding a neighborhood of Maya Angelou, remember her words: “Make sure you don’t die without doing something wonderful for mankind”.

Please check with your local banks regarding the availability of the AWQ Quarters in Honor of Maya Angelou in late January and early February.

See the US Mint video of the new neighborhoods: https://youtu.be/S6JCQQ5T17s

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Record-breaking publishing deal for Ratan Tata’s authorized biography https://optimalj.com/record-breaking-publishing-deal-for-ratan-tatas-authorized-biography/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 06:13:21 +0000 https://optimalj.com/record-breaking-publishing-deal-for-ratan-tatas-authorized-biography/ Authorized Biography of Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata, one of India’s best-known industrialists and philanthropists, set record in non-fiction publishing in India, with HarperCollins winning global auction hotly contested, according to three people familiar with the development who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the press. The […]]]>

Authorized Biography of Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata, one of India’s best-known industrialists and philanthropists, set record in non-fiction publishing in India, with HarperCollins winning global auction hotly contested, according to three people familiar with the development who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the press.

The book is written by a retired former senior official and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Thomas Mathew, who has had access to Ratan Tata’s private documents, correspondence and photographs in recent years.

It is an authoritative biography with rich details of Tata’s childhood, college years and early influences, one of the people cited above said, adding that it also contains previously unreported details about more recent episodes such as Tata’s Nano Project, the acquisition of Tata Steel Ltd. Corus and the ouster of former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry.

The winning bid for worldwide rights for print, ebook and audiobook formats is over ??2 crores. The rights for the over-the-top (OTT) and film have been retained by the author, who is represented by Anish Chandy of Labyrinth Literary Agency.

HarperCollins India declined to comment. Mathew did not respond to the text messages.

“The book generated a lot of interest. It is certainly India’s biggest non-fiction contract, ”said one editor, who requested anonymity.

Book publishing is a dark business in India, and transaction figures are closely monitored, making objective comparisons difficult over time. Play my way The 2014 Biography of Sachin Tendulkar is another non-fiction book that has witnessed a bidding war.

Publishers usually pay an advance to acquire the rights to a book from an author. Once they have recouped this sum from the sales of the book, the author begins to collect royalties, a percentage ranging from 5 to 15% of the sale price. .

Mathew, who retired as additional secretary to former president Pranab Mukherjee after serving in different ministries, is the author of two other books—The winged wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Remains under the dome. He is also a regular opinion commentator.

Born in 1937, Ratan Naval Tata, now 84, joined the company in 1964 and succeeded his uncle, JRD Tata, as chairman of the group in 1981.

Under his leadership, the group acquired the London-based company Tetley Tea, the truck manufacturing activities of the Korean company Daewoo Motors, the steelmaker Corus Group Plc and Jaguar Land Rover, etc.

It was a year of books on the Tata group, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018.

In June 2021, Penguin Random House India released #TataStories, a collection of inspiring stories about the group, written by the company’s brand owner, Harish Bhat.

This was followed in July by Harvard University Press’s Tata: the global society that built Indian capitalism, written by Mircea Raianu.

In August, Penguin Random House released the Authorized Biography of the Tata Family, Tata’s story: 1868 to 2021, by Irish-American businessman Peter Casey.

A book by Westland, published in July 2021, the tatas, Freddie Mercury & Other Bawas: An Intimate History of the Parsis by Coomi Kapoor, also dwelled in detail on the family of industrialists and their quarrels.

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READY, FIRE, AIM: The future-proof worker, illustrated https://optimalj.com/ready-fire-aim-the-future-proof-worker-illustrated/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 14:13:09 +0000 https://optimalj.com/ready-fire-aim-the-future-proof-worker-illustrated/ Research from the McKinsey Global Institute looked at the type of jobs that will be lost, as well as those that will be created, as automation, AI and robotics take hold. And he deduced the type of high level skills that will become more and more important as a result. The need for manual and […]]]>

Research from the McKinsey Global Institute looked at the type of jobs that will be lost, as well as those that will be created, as automation, AI and robotics take hold. And he deduced the type of high level skills that will become more and more important as a result. The need for manual and physical skills, as well as basic cognitive skills, will decrease, but the demand for higher technological, social and emotional and cognitive skills will increase …

– from “McKinsey: These are the skills you’ll need for the future of work” posted on the weforum.org website on June 28, 2021.

For some absurd reason, I found myself reading an article… allegedly about the future… on a website called “weforum.org”.

“Weforum” as in “World Economic Forum”. Based in Davos, Switzerland.

“These are the skills you will need for the future of work.” That was the absurd title of the article.

I chose the word “absurd” because I am not at all interested in what skills I will need to stay in the future.

I want to be unemployed in the future.

Unemployed… like in, sitting on a beach in Belize, drinking mojitos and discussing investments, on the phone with my stockbroker. As in, ladies in skinny swimsuits pass by, wondering if I’m actually a secret agent speaking with CIA headquarters on a secure line.

This kind of “unemployed of the future”.

We understand, however, that many people are still concerned about the skills they will need to stay employed in the future … and we understand that the World Economic Forum is also concerned about the skills multinational companies will seek, to keep. the cogs of consumption. Capitalism is boiling.

Of course, my trips to Belize will be an important aspect of consumer capitalism. It’s not like I have anything against consumer capitalism. As long as the mojitos keep coming.

But I digress. I wanted to say something about the above-mentioned “weforum.org” article, written by four McKinsey Global Institute employees – Marco Dondi, Julia Klier, Frédéric Panier and Jörg Schubert – who are probably hoping to be employed at the to come up. McKinsey statisticians have identified 56 “core skills” that will make him more likely to get a job with a multinational corporation or the governments they control.

Most importantly, I am concerned about the photograph that the World Economic Forum chose to illustrate the article.

That one:

The caption of the photo (by photographer Avel Chuklanov) reads: “Citizens will need new skills to become ‘future proof’ in the workplace. “

It doesn’t look like much in the future to me. On the one hand, the calendar on the table reads “September 2015”. It was, like, six years ago. And the book displayed in the upper right corner, The tipping point by Malcolm Gladwell, was released in 2002 and now sells on Amazon (used hardcover) for as low as $ 1.49.

I am also disturbed by the cup of tea. Will our future be devoid of Coffee?

The woman is wearing a watch … (I’m assuming it’s a woman, apparently married) … a watch that looks suspiciously like the regular guy who doesn’t connect to the Internet. Most importantly, there is no smartphone in the photo. Did she leave it in the kitchen while she made her tea? If so, she’ll miss her boss’s text, telling him about an important Zoom meeting at 1 p.m.

Personally, I would be completely happy if “the future” looked like 2015. That would mean my MacBook is only three years old. (Instead of 10 years.)

The World Economic Forum article featured another illustration, showing the “56 foundational skills” citizens will need, according to four McKinsey Global Institute employees. (I counted the skills, and there are indeed 56 listed. As President Reagan once said, “Trust, but verify.”)

These are all very interesting foundational skills. The list doesn’t fully match the illustration of the woman in the photo, however, who appears to be choosing a block of text with the keyboard shortcut “Control-A”. “Knowledge of keyboard shortcuts” is not listed, for some reason. An oversight?

I have gone through the list and feel like I could qualify for most types of future work except maybe those that require “humility.” Is this really is going to be needed?

But as I said before, “work” is not part of my imaginary future.

Experts at the McKinsey Global Institute, however, appear to have missed some very important skills that citizens will need, even if they would rather drink tea and read outdated non-fiction books.

I’m thinking in particular of “Can take control of a badly programmed robot, without getting angry.”

Also, “Can repair a robot damaged by a coworker who has lost his temper.”

Important future skills, I guess.

Louis Canon

Louis Canon

The underrated writer Louis Cannon grew up across the vast American West, though his ex-wife, at the slightest opportunity, denies ever growing up.


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Ujamaa, a Columbus Black-owned bookstore, centers the Black experience https://optimalj.com/ujamaa-a-columbus-black-owned-bookstore-centers-the-black-experience/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 09:25:15 +0000 https://optimalj.com/ujamaa-a-columbus-black-owned-bookstore-centers-the-black-experience/ The fourth principle of Kwanzaa is “ujamaa”, the Swahili word for cooperative economy. Beyond sharing the name, the Ujamaa bookstore is an appropriate representation of the practice. For example, Mustafaa Shabazz opened the Driving Park store in 1997 with the money he earned from running youth programs in the community. Community members supported the bookstore, […]]]>

The fourth principle of Kwanzaa is “ujamaa”, the Swahili word for cooperative economy.

Beyond sharing the name, the Ujamaa bookstore is an appropriate representation of the practice.

For example, Mustafaa Shabazz opened the Driving Park store in 1997 with the money he earned from running youth programs in the community.

Community members supported the bookstore, generating seed money for the Juneteenth Ohio Festival, which Shabazz hosted for over 20 years on the Near East Side and later in the downtown area.

And the festival money was reinvested in the business.

“The owner can choose which course he would like to take his readers on,” said Shabazz, 61, of the Far East Side. “That’s the magic.”

Following:Black Business Spotlight: FishBurger to Continue Legacy of Entrepreneurship in Driving Park


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5 new books by Cape Cod authors https://optimalj.com/5-new-books-by-cape-cod-authors/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 09:42:23 +0000 https://optimalj.com/5-new-books-by-cape-cod-authors/ The holidays are over, the weather is cold, and there are a myriad of other reasons you want to stay indoors and snuggle up with a book. Local authors have some ideas, with books published on a variety of topics published in recent months. If cooking is your winter comfort, a Cape Cod family has […]]]>

The holidays are over, the weather is cold, and there are a myriad of other reasons you want to stay indoors and snuggle up with a book. Local authors have some ideas, with books published on a variety of topics published in recent months.

If cooking is your winter comfort, a Cape Cod family has collaborated on a book that offers ways to save money on those sky-high food prices, but with delicious, healthy recipes. Local poets have put together a collection of writings which gives a glimpse of this beautiful place we call our home.

For fiction readers, there’s a story of sisters uncovering secrets in their grandmother’s house on the island, a mysterious story set at the Dennis’ Cape Playhouse, and a political intrigue novel set in Europe. at the start of World War II. Looked:

“The $ 5 Foodie: Cook Better, Spend Less, Enjoy More”, by Lucy Holland and Carol Rizzoli, with Ethan Eron, Amanda Eron and Hugo Rizzoli (2021, independently published)

This family project began when the three children of Carol and Hugo, residents of Barnstable, left for college. Carol shared some easy and inexpensive homemade recipes with them and then, to fight against expensive restaurant meals, everyone contributed ideas to what started as a website (https://www.thefivedollarfoodie.com /) and now is this book. The 55 recipes and 11 menus, many of which were created and photographed in Cape Town’s kitchen, are designed to offer healthy and tasty ingredients at low cost, along with tips for shopping well and using the foods at hand. A portion of book sales supports organizations that alleviate hunger and provide nutrition education.


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