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Mar 22 2013: Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop has been named as the winner of Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. The title won 38% of the public vote, fighting off competition from fellow contenders How Tea Cosies Changed the World and God's Doodle: The Life and Times...
Mar 22 2013: Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, widely seen as a grandfather of modern African literature, has died at the age of 82. Achebe made his name more than 50 years ago with his novel "Things Fall Apart," about his Igbo ethnic group's fatal brush with British ...
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, ...
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.
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 ...
Mar 18 2013: Publishers Weekly estimate that over 1000 different titles sold 25,000+ ebooks in 2012
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 ...
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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