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Kate DiCamillo named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Jan 02 2014: Kate DiCamillo, the author of more than a dozen books including the Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux, will be named the country’s fourth national ambassador for young people’s literature at a ceremony at the Library of Congress on January 10. DiCamillo ...

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    Author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen dies

    Dec 20 2013: British novelist Paul Torday, who had a surprise best-seller with his debut novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, has died at age 67, his publisher said Thursday.

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      YA author Ned Vizzini dies aged 32

      Dec 20 2013: Ned Vizzini, the author of YA favorites It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill, died Thursday in New York City. According to the Los Angeles Times, Vizzini committed suicide. He was 32.

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        Writer hired for fourth Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book

        Dec 18 2013: The Swedish publisher of the late Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, has hired David Lagercrantz write a fourth novel which is scheduled to be published in 2015. Lagercrantz is the ghost writer of I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which was shortlisted for...

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          Number of independent bookstores in USA grew 6.4% in 2013.

          Dec 16 2013: The Washington Post reports on the growth of independent bookstores:

          "In an e-tailing world, their resurgence is driven by e-book growth that has leveled off, dyed-in-the-wool print lovers who won't (or can't) abandon page flipping, a new category of hybrid reader (...

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            Research shows that 90% of Americans value public libraries

            Dec 11 2013: According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, about 90% of Americans aged 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63% saying it would have a "major" impact. Asked about the personal impact of a ...

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              Oldest romance writer in the world dies aged 105. Books #124 and #125 to be published next year

              Dec 10 2013: Ida Pollock, author of more than 120 books, and believed to be the world's oldest romantic novelist, has died at the age of 105.

              Born in London in 1908 and raised by a single mother, Pollock had her first stories published while she was in her teens, and went on to ...

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                A Man Called Intrepid author dies aged 89

                Dec 03 2013: William Stevenson, a journalist and author who drew on his close ties with intelligence sources to write two best-selling books in the 1970s, A Man Called Intrepid and 90 Minutes at Entebbe, which he dashed off in a room at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, died on Nov. ...

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