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Peter Matthiessen dies aged 86

Apr 06 2014: Peter Matthiessen, well-known US writer and environmentalist, died at the age of 86 of leukemia. His notable works include The Snow Leopard, Shadow Country and At Play in the Fields of the Lord.

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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, in hospital

    Apr 04 2014: Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, is in hospital in Mexico City for an unspecified infection, and related dehydration. Mexico's Secretary of Health indicated in a statement that "once he's completed his course of antibiotics his discharge from the hospital will be ...

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      In-Mall Library Kiosk Debuts in California

      Apr 03 2014: A new touchscreen 400-book library kiosk has debuted at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, Calif. According to Jonathan Waltmire, the library spokesperson, this is the first library kiosk of its kind to debut in a U.S. mall.

      Just as in the main library, a Fresno County ...

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        Karen Joy Fowler Wins 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

        Apr 02 2014: Karen Joy Fowler won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

        The judges considered more than 430 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the U.S. during the 2013 calendar year. BookBrowse ...

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          First ever California Bookstore Day to take place Saturday May 3.

          Mar 31 2014: The Northern California Independent Bookseller's Association plans to host the first ever California Bookstore Day on May 3, 2014 - a Saturday. The event's promo copy reads: "93 bookstores. 13 exclusive books & art pieces. 1 day only. Join the party."

          A complete ...

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            Lead character in 3 movies based on J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts" will be Newt Scamander, a 'magizoologist'

            Mar 31 2014: Three movies are planned for the adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, one of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks. Rowling wrote the 42 page book in 2001 for the UK charity Comic Relief. Sales from this book and its companion Quidditch ...

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              Hodder & Stoughton/Hachette to buy Quercus

              Mar 26 2014: Hodder & Stoughton, a division of Hachette, has offered approximately £12.6 million (about US$21 million) to purchase Quercus Publishing, the U.K. independent publisher that launched in the USA in Fall 2013.

              Tim Hely Hutchinson, c.e.o. of Hachette UK and chairman of ...

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                "How to Poo on a Date" wins oddest book title of the year

                Mar 21 2014: How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers' Guide to Toilet Etiquette has won the 36th annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

                The book topped a public vote to find the oddest title. Joint second place went to Are Trout South African? and The Origin of Feces. ...

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