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Irish-American author J.P. Donleavy dies aged 91

Sep 14 2017: Irish-American author and playwright, James Patrick Donleavy, has died. Best known for his 1955 novel The Ginger Man (originally banned for obscenities), he published a great many other books and plays during his 91 years, many of which are noted in The Guardian's ...

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Hippo Birdie Two Ewes

Sep 13 2017: Fans of Sandra Boynton's whimsical children's books and greeting cards will enjoy The Washington Post's extensive article titled, "Hippos, birdies, T. rexes, pigs: How Sandra Boynton built an empire and won your child's heart."

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Jerry Pournelle, titan of science fiction, dies aged 84

Sep 11 2017: Author Jerry Pournelle, a titan of science fiction, has died at the age 84. According to an announcement by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Pournelle died on Friday. The cause of death was not disclosed. Pournelle had attended Dragoncon a week earlier,...

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Louise Hay, self-help author and found of Hay House dies aged 90.

Sep 06 2017: Louise Hay, who from a 1984 best seller built a self-help publishing empire that has attracted millions of devotees with its messages about the power of thought and attitude, died on Wednesday at her home in San Diego. She was 90. Her death was announced on the website...

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John Ashbery, one of the most influential American poets of his generation, has died aged 90

Sep 05 2017: John Ashbery, who has died aged 90, was widely considered the most innovative and influential American poet of his generation.

One of his most radical innovations was the fluidity with which he allowed pronouns to operate, a rhetorical habit best illustrated by his ...

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Terry Pratchett's unpublished works crushed by steamroller

Sep 01 2017: A hard drive containing unfinished works by author Terry Pratchett has been crushed by a steamroller and then put through a stone crusher, as per instructions left by the novelist before his death in March 2015.

It is thought up to ten incomplete novels were ...

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Book pulled from #1 spot on NY Times young adult bestseller list after listing revealed to be a scam

Aug 25 2017: When the New York Times released its young-adult bestseller list for the week of Sep. 3, it came as a huge surprise. Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give, a story about a young black girl whose friend is killed by the police, had been on the list for 25 weeks - but was knocked...

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Science Fiction author Brian Aldiss dies, age 92

Aug 21 2017: Brian Aldiss, one of the most celebrated authors from the 'Golden Age' of science fiction, died today at his home in Oxfordshire, England. He was the author of more than 80 books and 40 anthologies.

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