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Costa Book Awards shortlists

Nov 24 2021: Shortlists in five categories have been announced for the 2021 Costa Book Awards, recognizing some of the most enjoyable books published in the last year by authors living in the U.K. and Ireland. Category winners will be announced January 4, and the overall winner of ...

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NFT is Collins Dictionary’s word of the year

Nov 24 2021: In a year that has seen the musician Grimes sell a collection of digital artworks for almost $6m (£4.4m), and the original photo behind the 2005 Disaster Girl meme go for $473,000 (£354,000), Collins Dictionary has made NFT its word of the year.

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Award-winning American poet Robert Bly dies aged 94

Nov 23 2021: The poet Robert Bly, who counted the National Book Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal among his many honours, has died. He was 94.

The Star Tribune newspaper, in his native Minnesota, said Bly died on Sunday. His daughter, Mary Bly, told the ...

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NPR books editor Petra Mayer has died

Nov 15 2021: Petra Mayer, a beloved books editor on NPR's Culture desk, died on Saturday.

She died suddenly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland of what's believed to be a pulmonary embolism, said Nancy Barnes, NPR's senior vice president for news, in an email to staff.

"Petra ...

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Bestselling novelist Wilbur Smith dies aged 88

Nov 14 2021: Novelist Wilbur Smith died on November 13 aged 88, according to a statement from the author's official website:
"Global bestselling author Wilbur Smith died unexpectedly this afternoon at his Cape Town home after a morning of reading and writing with his wife Niso by...

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Movement builds on right to target books

Nov 11 2021: ...It’s easy to caricature a particular movement with some of its most extreme promoters. And there is a demonstrated history of efforts to ban books in schools, including by liberals. Such efforts have often involved classics such as “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “...

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Paul Newman will tell his own story, 14 years after his death

Nov 07 2021: Decades ago, the actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, frustrated by all the unauthorized biographies and coverage of his life, recorded his own oral history, leaving behind transcripts that for years were forgotten in the basement laundry room of his house in ...

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Is Superman Circumcised? favorite to win Oddest book title of the year

Nov 05 2021: Voting for the annual Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year is now open. The six contenders waiting for your vote are:
1. Curves for the Mathematically Curious
2. Handbook of Research on Health and Environmental Benefits of Camel Products
3. Hats: A ...

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