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More temporary bookstore closures, but most are still open for telephone orders and will mail books, and others are open but limiting visitors

Mar 16 2020: Since Thursday, a range of bookstores have announced temporary closings because of the pandemic. Among them are Powells in Oregon, The Strand in New York and WORD Bookstores in Brooklyn. But many are promising to mail books to customers so if you are looking for a book ...

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At last some good news: NEA Says 55% of Americans are readers.

Mar 13 2020: A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts tracked American reading habits in 2017 and found that 55% of all U.S. adults did some form of book-reading in the year (outside of work or school), with reading levels similar to earlier studies from 2008 and 2012.

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Library of Congress announces limited access to facilities until April 1

Mar 13 2020: Out of an abundance of caution, the Library of Congress announced today that all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public starting at 5 p.m. today until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8 a.m. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 ...

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COVID-19 causes more cancellations of book events

Mar 11 2020: Shelf Awareness catalogs the growing list of cancellations and postponements of book related events including the Tucson Festival of Books, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the National Book Critics Circle award ceremony, the Virginia Festival of Books, plus a ...

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Barbara Neely, creator of black female sleuth series, dies

Mar 10 2020: Award-winning mystery writer Barbara Neely, who created the first black female sleuth series in mainstream American publishing, died March 2 after a brief illness. She was 78.

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Hachette cancels publication of Woody Allen memoir after staff stage a walkout

Mar 05 2020: Dozens of Hachette employees staged a walkout of its New York City offices on Thursday in protest against the company’s decision to publish Woody Allen’s autobiography.

Grand Central, a Hachette imprint, announced this week it would publish the Hollywood director’s ...

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ViacomCBS Is looking to sell Simon & Schuster

Mar 04 2020: Nearly three months to the day after the completion of the ViacomCBS merger, the mass media company has indicated its intentions to possibly sell Simon & Schuster, one of the U.S.'s Big Five publishers.

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International book fairs impacted by COVID-19 coronavirus

Mar 02 2020: Although the London Book Fair says it will take place next week, since Friday, the U.S. operations of Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Ingram have indicated that they won't attend this year. In addition, some parts of Penguin Random House U.S. ...

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