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Iain Banks dies aged 59

Jun 09 2013: Author Iain Banks has died aged 59, two months after announcing he had terminal cancer.

He was best known for his novels The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity.

In a statement, his publisher said he was "an irreplaceable part of the literary world".

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    Tom Sharpe, Porterhouse Blue novelist, dies aged 85

    Jun 06 2013: British author Tom Sharpe, author of more than a dozen comedic novels including Porterhouse Blue (1974) and Blott on the Landscape (1975), has died aged 85.

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      French government pledges further $11.8 million dollars to support independent booksellers

      Jun 05 2013: Aurélie Filippetti, the French culture minister, is "mulling a ban on free postage offers and a current system allowing 5% discounts on books". She has also announced a €9 million (about $11.8 million) joint plan with French publishers to support independent booksellers...

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        A. M. Homes wins Women's Prize for Fiction for May We Be Forgiven

        Jun 05 2013: May We Be Forgiven, an often breathtakingly dark and crazy satire on modern American life caused a literary upset on Wednesday night when it won the women's prize for fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) beating novels by Zadie Smith, Kate Atkinson and the bookies' ...

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          China approves Penguin-Random House merger; completion set for next month

          Jun 03 2013: Penguin Group and Random House confirm that China's antitrust authority has "cleared the planned merger of Penguin Group and Random House without conditions." China was the final international approval needed for the deal to go through - so Bertelsmann and Pearson plan ...

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            National Bookstore Day envisaged, starting 2015

            Jun 03 2013: A proposal by Northern California booksellers to create a Bookstore Day received a positive reception at BookExpo America.

            Northern California Independent Booksellers Association executive director Hut Landon wrote to NCIBA members that he and board member Pete ...

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              Independent American booksellers cheerful at BEA

              May 31 2013: The cheerful mood of American Bookseller Association members at Book Expo America reflected the positive feeling among independent booksellers in general. The majority of them have seen business improve in the last year and a half and feel that, while the path is not ...

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                News Corp will officially split into two companies June 28

                May 24 2013: As expected, News Corp has announced it will officially split its publishing and entertainment businesses on 28 June.

                Its board approved the separation into two firms, which will both be headed by the current chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch.

                The ...

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