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Jerry Pinkney, the beloved, award-winning children's book illustrator, has died at 81

Oct 21 2021: The celebrated illustrator Jerry Pinkney has died. According to his long-time agent Sheldon Fogelman, Pinkney suffered a heart attack today; he was 81.

Pinkney was a legend in the world of children's publishing. He won a Caldecott medal for his 2010 picture book The ...

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The new Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction

Oct 21 2021: The Ursula K. Le Guin Literary Trust has announced the creation of the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction for a single work of imaginative fiction.

The first $25,000 prize will be awarded on October 21, 2022 (Le Guin’s birthday). and will honor a writer "whose work ...

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WHO honors the late Henrietta Lacks for her contributions to scientific research

Oct 19 2021: The World Health Organization on Wednesday honored the late Henrietta Lacks, whose cells have been used for innovative scientific research for decades, with an award in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of medical science.

Lacks, a Black woman, was ...

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Inside the real-life succession drama at Scholastic

Oct 18 2021: The powerhouse children’s publisher, known for Harry Potter, had been passed from father to son until Iole Lucchese, a top executive, was given control.

When her phone buzzed on June 6, Iole Lucchese was still absorbing a shock that had come the day before. Her ...

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Pandemic leads to boom in independent bookstore openings

Oct 18 2021: Though the pandemic caused financial hardship for many independent bookstores, particularly those in cities and states that forced retailers to close their doors for months, it has also paved the way for a mini-boom of bookstore openings...

...While acknowledging ...

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A woman won a million-euro Spanish literary prize. It turned out that ‘she’ was actually three men.

Oct 17 2021: The work of one woman was, it turned out, the equivalent of the labors of three men.

That was at least the case for Spain’s top writer of crime thrillers, a professor and mother who wrote under the pseudonym Carmen Mola, supposedly to maintain her anonymity.

But ...

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Gary Paulsen, author of many young adult adventure stories, dies at age 82

Oct 15 2021: Gary Paulsen, the American author of young adult fiction who taught millions of children wilderness skills through novels such as Hatchet, Dogsong and The Winter Room, has died at the age of 82. His publisher said on Thursday his death was “sudden” but did not specify a...

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What It would take to disrupt the publishing industry

Oct 13 2021: Writing in Publishers Weekly, Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, talks about the problems that the publishing industry faces, and potential solutions:

...A real disruption of the industry would involve accountability, because we are wasteful...

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