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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, is dead at 73

Jul 31 2017: Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died. He was 73.

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Legendary book critic Michiko Kakutani to leave The New York Times

Jul 28 2017: Michiko Katkutani, one of the most formidable book critics in the history of The New York Times, is leaving her post as chief book critic at The Times. A replacement has not been announced but the odds are on Parul Sehgal (currently a senior editor and columnist at the ...

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Second quarter Amazon sales up 25%, income down 77%

Jul 28 2017: In the second quarter ended June 30, net sales at Amazon rose 25%, to $38 billion, while net income fell 77%, to $179 million.

As the Wall Street Journal put it, "Amazon's ever-increasing clout is accompanied by a new phase of heightened investment, after several ...

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Build a Black literature library of your very own one month at a time

Jul 24 2017: Call Number is a library-inspired monthly book subscription box that celebrates Black literature and authors. Started by Jamillah Gabriel to mesh her two great loves—Black literature and libraries—Call Number is built out of the desire to share the books she loves. ...

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The British Library will publish two new Harry Potter books in October

Jul 20 2017: The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published by Bloomsbury in the UK in conjunction with a British Library event, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the series.

The library exhibition titled, "A History of Magic...

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Women's National Book Association awards Second Century Prize to the Little Free Library

Jul 20 2017: As a part of the celebration of its centennial this year, the Women's National Book Association has awarded the WNBA Second Century Prize to the Little Free Library. The award, which carries a $5,000 grant, honors "an organization that supports the power of reading, ...

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A ray of optimism from Washington for library budgets

Jul 19 2017: The budget battle is kicking up again in Washington, but this time with a note of optimism for libraries and library supporters. Last week, a House Appropriations subcommittee voted to recommend level funding for libraries in FY2018, which would mean roughly $231 ...

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Novelist Junot Díaz to publish a picture book

Jul 19 2017: By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won ...

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