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Obituary note: John Cullen

May 07 2021: John Christopher Cullen III, the renowned literary translator who translated more than 50 novels and works of nonfiction into English, died on April 15, the Times-Picayune reported. He was 79 years old.

Born in New Orleans, La., in 1942, Cullen earned a Ph.D. in ...

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Report urges library leaders to address decline in public library usage stats

May 06 2021: In a report published this week, veteran London-based bookseller, library advocate, and former Waterstones managing director Tim Coates warns that U.S. public library usage statistics show a steep decline—and he suggests that library leaders must do more to address the ...

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Jason Matthews, spy novelist, dies at 69

May 03 2021: Jason Matthews, who parlayed his 33 years as a CIA officer into a second career as a best-selling spy novelist, writing scenes so gripping and vivid that some readers thought he was violating the agency’s strict secrecy protocols, died April 28 at his home in Rancho ...

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Anthony Thwaite obituary

May 03 2021: The poet Anthony Thwaite, who has died aged 90, was a mover and shaker in postwar English literary life. He was in turn literary editor of the Listener and the New Statesman, and co-editor of Encounter. He worked as a producer at the BBC, and was a prolific author, ...

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Writers orgs form #DisneyMustPay joint task force

Apr 29 2021: Half a dozen professional writers’ organizations have joined with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in forming a joint task to press the Walt Disney Company to ensure it pays all royalties owed to authors. The task force, #DisneyMustPay, contends that ...

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Norton halts publication of two books by Blake Bailey

Apr 28 2021: Following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at the author, W.W. Norton announced that it will cease publication of the newly released edition of Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth: The Biography, as well as Bailey’s 2014 memoir The Splendid Things We Planned, ...

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New blog from the Library of Congress

Apr 27 2021: The Library of Congress has launched a new blog: Guardians of Memory: Preserving the National Collection.

"Today we are launching a new blog covering preservation at the Library of Congress: Guardians of Memory: Preserving the National Collection, ISSN 2767-7524. You...

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Publishing industry sales up 16% through February

Apr 27 2021: Figures from AAP’s StatShot program indicate that the book buying sales increase of 2020 has carried into the early months of 2021. According to the 1,359 publishers who submit sales to AAP, revenue rose 16.4% in the first two months of 2021 over the comparable period ...

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