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Black Charlie was originally to be embedded in a Wonka Easter Egg

Sep 24 2017: Follow last week's revelation from Roald Dahl's widow that he initially intended the hero of his 1964 classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be black, Catherine Keyser, an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, provides additional ...

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Mosul library hosts a book festival

Sep 24 2017: The volunteer effort to save what was left of Mosul University library after it was destroyed by IS has renewed hope for the city after more than two years of occupation.

The library once contained hundreds of thousands of ancient documents, including a ninth-century...

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Ron Charles argues that Booker Prize should return to its roots as a prize just for Britain and Commonwealth authors

Sep 24 2017: Prompted by last week's announcement of the Booker Prize shortlist (Britain's most prestigious literary award), with half of the six nominees being American writers, Ron Charles expresses sadness that the award is now open to all writing in English rather than just to ...

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Annie Proulx to receive honorary National Book Award

Sep 21 2017: Annie Proulx will receive the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the awards ceremony on November 15. Anne Hathaway (who starred in the film adaptation of Brokeback Mountain) will present the award.

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Margaret Atwood to receive PEN Lifetime Achievement Award

Sep 21 2017: The 2017 PEN Literary Awards will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 27, with the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Margaret Atwood.

The honorees are:
Fiction: Black Sheep Boy by Martin Pousson
Creative Nonfiction: When Breath Becomes Air by...

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The world's coolest bookstores

Sep 20 2017: CNN reports on "the world's coolest bookstores from London to Los Angeles."

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Banned Books Week

Sep 20 2017: Bookstores, libraries and other organizations across the USA are preparing for Banned Books Week 2017, which runs next week, September 24-30. Shelf Awareness takes a look at what some stores are planning...

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David Lagercrantz will write one final book in the Millennium series - to be released in 2019

Sep 19 2017: David Lagercrantz, who continued Stieg Larsson's Milllennium series after the latter's death in 2004, has stated that he will write just one more book in the series, to be released in 2019. This would bring the series to six books - three by Larsson and three by ...

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    Towards the end of Madeline Miller's novel Circe, the titular nymph is questioned by her son ...

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