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Journalist Simeon Booker dies aged 99

Dec 12 2017: The great Simeon Booker, one of the bravest journalists of our time, faced dangers far worse than a petulant president’s social media feed. Booker refused to be cowed--and ultimately helped change the nation. His life’s work should be a lesson to us all about the power ...

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William H. Gass, Acclaimed Postmodern Author, Dies at 93

Dec 08 2017: William H. Gass, a proudly postmodern author who valued form and language more than literary conventions like plot and character and who had a broad influence on other experimental writers of the 1960s, '70s and beyond, died on Wednesday in St. Louis. He was 93. Mr. ...

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Barnes & Noble scales back ambitions as sales decline below expectations--again

Nov 30 2017: Barnes & Noble, which posted a wider loss last quarter and sent its shares tumbling, is scaling back ambitions to become more than a bookseller.

The retailer had hoped that toys, games and other items would shore up its results, especially as Amazon ate away at its ...

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Bookstores counter Cyber Monday with 'Cider Monday'

Nov 28 2017: Shelf Awareness reports on the growing "Cider Monday" movement by indie booksellers in response to the big online shopping day known as Cyber Monday. In this low key but fun event stores offer their customers "a warm welcome and a cup of delicious cider" to thank them ...

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Dictionary.com names 'complicit' its word of the year for 2017

Nov 27 2017: Dictionary.com's choice for its Word of the Year is "complicit." It says online searches for the word spiked three times this year...

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Indie bookstores in USA celebrate Indies First and Small Business Saturday, while Indies in the UK host inaugural Sanctuary Saturday event

Nov 27 2017: On Saturday, hundreds of booksellers across the USA took part in Indies First and Small Business Saturday, organizing all kinds of in-store activities, offering a range of deals, hosting parties and engaging in the staple of Indies First since the event was founded by ...

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How to Get Your Mind to Read

Nov 25 2017: A New York Times opinion piece by Daniel T. Willingham lays out the argument that American's poor reading skills cannot be blamed on modern technology but on a misunderstanding of how the mind reads - that functional literary is grounded not just in the ability to read ...

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B&N Survey Finds Thanksgiving Eve 'Busiest Reading Day of the Year'

Nov 20 2017: According to Barnes & Noble's survey, 77% of Americans read at least one book, newspaper or magazine during Thanksgiving or other holiday travel, while 60% of travelers usually bring, buy or borrow reading material specifically for travel on Thanksgiving Eve. Some 73% ...

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