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James Herbert: UK horror author dies aged 69

Mar 20 2013: Best-selling author James Herbert who wrote the horror classic The Rats, has died aged 69.

Jeremy Trevathan, his editor for 10 years, described him as "one of the keystone authors in a genre that had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s".

He is survived by his wife, ...

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    Protests continue over ban of memoir in Chicago schools

    Mar 19 2013: The controversy over the Chicago Public Schools restricting access to Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of her youth in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, continues to roil the nation’s third largest school district, as free speech advocates weigh in.

    Persepolis ...

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      Supreme Court decides that books purchased overseas can be sold in USA, with far reaching consequences

      Mar 19 2013: The Supreme Court have ruled 6-3 that the "first sale doctrine" applies to books purchased overseas. Specifically, the court decided that Supap Kirtsaeng (who is being sued by textbook publisher Wiley) did not violate copyright when he purchased textbooks overseas to ...

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        The bestselling eBooks of 2012

        Mar 18 2013: Publishers Weekly estimate that over 1000 different titles sold 25,000+ ebooks in 2012

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          American Academy of Arts and Letters announces 19 winners

          Mar 14 2013: The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the names of 19 writers who will receive its 2013 awards in literature. The awards will be presented in New York in May at the Academy's annual ceremony. The literature prizes, totaling $175,000, honor both ...

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            January 2013 USA bookstore sales up 5.5% versus December

            Mar 14 2013: January bookstore sales rose 5.5%, to $2.1 billion, compared to December 2012, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. Total retail sales in January rose 6.1%, to $382.4 billion, compared to the same period a year ago.

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              Tan Twan Eng wins Man Asian Literary Prize for The Garden of Evening Mists

              Mar 14 2013: Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng won this year's Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

              Mr. Tan, the first Malaysian national to win the $30,000 prize, beat contenders from Pakistan, Japan, and Turkey (Nobel winner Orhan Pamuk).

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                New award for literary fiction: The $60,000 Folio Prize

                Mar 13 2013: A long anticipated rival to the UK's Man Booker Prize is now a reality with the announcement that the Literature Prize has a sponsor, The Folio Society, and will thus be known as the Folio Prize. Literary agent Andrew Kidd conceived of the new prize in 2011 in ...

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