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Dr Carla D. Hayden confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress

Jul 14 2016: Dr Carla D. Hayden has been confirmed, 74-18, by the U.S. Senate as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term. Hayden was the longtime CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association. ...

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Book sales at brick and mortar bookstores rise 2% year on year

Jul 12 2016: Publishers' trade book sales (i.e. books for general readers) at physical retail stores in the USA rose for the second year in a row in 2015, climbing 1.8%, to $4.15 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers' StatShot Annual. Physical store sales ...

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Jojo Moyes takes 3 of top 20 bestseller spots for first half of the year

Jul 11 2016: Nielsen BookScan’s list of bestselling print books for the January–June period includes three editions of Jo-Jo Moyes' Me Before You. The book also came in at #2 on Amazon's Kindle bestseller list for approximately the same time period, beaten by The Girl in the Ice by ...

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Elie Wiesel dies aged 87

Jul 02 2016: Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor and author of more than 40 books has died aged 87 in New York, where he lived and had been a citizen since the 1960s.

Born in Romania in 1928, he was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. After the war he became famous for writing about his ...

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Michael Herr, author of "Dispatches," dies aged 76

Jun 27 2016: Michael Herr, who wrote Dispatches, a glaringly intense, personal account of being a correspondent in Vietnam that is widely viewed as one of the most visceral and persuasive depictions of the unearthly experience of war, died last Thursday. He was 76.

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Austin Clark, author of The Polished Hoe, dies aged 81

Jun 27 2016: Austin Clarke, the award-winning Barbadian-born author who wrote about the immigrant experience and being black in Canada, died Sunday at age 81.

The author of at least eleven novels, six short-story collections, and four memoirs, Clarke is perhaps best remembered ...

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Apple e-book refunds begin today

Jun 21 2016: Attorneys today confirmed that $400 million in refunds due readers following the end of the Apple e-book price-fixing case will begin flowing into customer accounts on June 21—with refunds for New York Times bestsellers approaching $7 per title purchased.

In all, the...

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Hastings files for bankruptcy protection, 126 superstores selling new and used books in jeopardy

Jun 15 2016: Hastings Entertainment, which operates 126 superstores in medium-sized markets selling new and used books, among other things, has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with its parent company and several sister companies; and is seeking a buyer for its...

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