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B&N to open 5 stores and close 15-20 others

Jun 27 2013: Barnes & Noble plans to open five stores and close 15-20 in the current fiscal year; in the past year, B&N opened two stores and closed 18. The company also said that despite speculation to the contrary, it hasn't reduced book title inventory "substantially" in the past...

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    B&N reports very poor 4th quarter results

    Jun 25 2013: Barnes & Noble reported significantly poorer than expected fourth quarter results: Sales of $1.28 billion were down 7.4 percent from a year ago, and the net loss doubled to $118.6 million ($2.11 per share.). A key contributor to the loss was a $133 million in inventory ...

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      Alice Munro wins Trillium Book Award and announces that she's retiring from writing

      Jun 20 2013: Alice Munro won the Trillium Book Award for "Dear Life" on Tuesday, and also announced her retirement, saying, "I'm probably not going to write anymore. And, so, it’s nice to go out with a bang...Not that I didn’t love writing, but I think you do get to a stage where ...

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        Amazon cuts off 5200 affiliates in Minnesota

        Jun 19 2013: With Minnesota's online sales tax law due to take effect July 1, Amazon has played a familiar card by cutting ties with 5,200 members of its Associates program in the state, the Pioneer Press reported. The online retailer has previously taken comparable action in other ...

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          Author & journalist Michael Hastings killed in car crash

          Jun 19 2013: Author and journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday at the age of 33. The author of two nonfiction books about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he will probably be best remembered for his Rolling Stone interview with General Stanley ...

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            Kenn Nesbitt is new Children's Poet Laureate

            Jun 12 2013: Kenn Nesbitt has been named the new Children's Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children's Poetry to the Poetry Foundation, which noted that the two-year position comes with a $25,000 prize and "aims to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and ...

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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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