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Henning Mankell dies aged 67

Oct 05 2015: Henning Mankell, the Swedish crime writer best known for his Kurt Wallander books has died aged 67 after being diagnosed with cancer last year. Credited with almost single-handedly establishing Sweden as a crime writer's ideal dystopia, he was a dedicated political ...

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5 Under 35 Honorees announced

Sep 30 2015: The National Book Foundation announced the 5 Under 35 honorees today:

Angela Flournoy, The Turner House (HMH)
Colin Barrett, Young Skins (Black Cat)
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Fra Keeler (Dorothy Project)
Tracy O'Neill, The Hopeful (Ig Publishing)
Megan Kruse, ...

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Ta-Nehisi Coates among 2015 MacArthur Geniuses

Sep 29 2015: Authors Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ben Lerner and poet Ellen Bryant Voigt are among the twenty-four 2015 MacArthur fellows. Each receives a no-strings attached stipend of $625,000 over five years.

"These 24 delightfully diverse MacArthur Fellows are shedding light and ...

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What happened to the e-book apocalypse?

Sep 23 2015: The New York Times reports on the "digital apocalypse that never arrived or at least not on schedule."

Between 2008 and 2010 e-book sales soared by 1,260 percent. Print sales fell and bookstores struggled - culminating in Borders declaring bankruptcy in 2011.

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Book subscription service Oyster to close

Sep 22 2015: After two years of operation, Oyster, which offered unlimited access to a million titles for US$9.95 a month Oyster, is shutting down, and it would seem that most of the staff will be employed by Google Play Books, including the CEO and two cofounders.

Tech news ...

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Novelist Jackie Collins dies aged 77

Sep 20 2015: Novelist Jackie Collins has died of breast cancer at the age of 77, her family said in a statement.

The British-born writer, sister of actress Joan Collins, died in Los Angeles, her spokeswoman said. Collins's career spanned four decades during which she sold more ...

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National Book Awards Longlist Announced

Sep 17 2015: The last of the National Book Award longlists was announced Thursday, with Hanya Yanagihara's Booker-shortlisted A Little Life joining the Booker-longlisted Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg, Edith Pearlman's short-story collection Honeydew (following up on the ...

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Man Booker Shortlist Announced

Sep 15 2015: Marlon James, Tom McCarthy, Chigozie Obioma, Sunjeev Sahota, Anne Tyler and Hanya Yanagihara are the shortlisted authors for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Their books are:

Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books (USA))

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