Airport Bookstores Have a Read and Return Program: Critical Linking, July 22, 2019

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The Wall book ad


“The reason so many of those airport stores look the same is because they are—Paradies Lagardère operates 850 stores and 170 restaurants and bars in more than 100 airports. And they’ve got a little-known program that air travelers should be taking advantage of: the Read and Return program.
How it works
You buy a book at the airport. You read it on the plane or in the days/weeks/months after your travel. You return it within 6 months of purchase, and you get a 50 percent refund.”

Putting aside that my first thought was this is how you spread the flu faster, this is definitely why the campaign “the more you know” was started.


“It’s not every day that you come across an extraordinary unknown work by one of the nation’s greatest writers. But buried in an unrelated archive I recently discovered a searing essay condemning racism in America by Langston Hughes—the moving account, published in its original form here for the first time, of an escaped prisoner he met while traveling with Zora Neale Hurston.”

Stop everything to read a previously unpublished Langston Hughes essay.


“Once inside, you will be transported back in time to the streets of 1984 New York City, where you will no doubt run into spooks and spirits of all shapes and sizes, many of whom you may recognize if you watched the films, like Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Some of the famous scenes you will also get to experience include the New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer.”

Ghostbusters will have a haunted house at this year’s Universal Orlando Horror Nights and NYPL scenes will be included, so unite all the book and ghost loving nerds for a road trip!

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