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Shirley Hazzard, author of The Great Fire, dies aged 85

Dec 14 2016: Shirley Hazzard died December 12 aged 85. Her novel The Transit of Venus won the 1980 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Then, more than 20 years elapsed before she published The Great Fire, which won the 2003 National Book Award for fiction.

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Californian law mandates proof of authenticity to sell signed book

Dec 08 2016: A new Californian law going into effect in January mandates that anyone selling a signed book for more than $5 must vouch for the autograph’s authenticity. That includes, among other things, identifying the previous owner.

The law was designed to protect consumers ...

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Authors United merging with Authors Guild

Dec 07 2016: Authors United, the group of more than 1,000 writers that author Douglas Preston set up two years ago to battle Amazon's treatment of writers during the period the online retailer was restricting the sale of Hachette titles, is merging with the Authors Guild, the ...

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Ann Patchett's guide for bookstore pilgrims

Dec 06 2016: In the New York Times Ann Patchett offers a guide for "bookstore pilgrims" who want to discover some of the best indie bookstores across the USA.

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Author William Trevor dies aged 88

Nov 21 2016: Irish author William Trevor, 88, best known for his short stories, died Sunday evening. He won the O. Henry Prize four times and the Whitbread Award three times; he was also nominated for the Booker Prize five times. His US publisher Kathryn Court at Penguin commented ...

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Patterson delivers on his promise to grant $1.75 million to help save school libraries.

Nov 19 2016: James Patterson has delivered on his pledge earlier this year of $1.75 million to help save school libraries with the second installment of the School Library Campaign.

In partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, the Patterson Pledge program is part of an ongoing ...

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National Book Award winners include Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Nov 17 2016: National Book Award for Fiction:
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


National Book Award for Nonfiction:
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi


National Book Award for Poetry:
The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky


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Roger Hobbs, author of Ghostman and Vanishing Games, dies aged 28

Nov 16 2016: Roger Hobbs, 28, author of the thrillers Ghostman and Vanishing Games, died of an overdose on November 14 in Portland, OR. Gary Fisketjon, Hobbs' editor at Knopf, said in a statement: "This is a shocking, tragic loss. Roger accomplished so much as a writer in so little ...

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