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Thorn Birds author, Colleen McCullough, dies aged 77

Jan 29 2015: Colleen McCullough, author of twenty-five books including The Thorn Birds has died in a hospital on Norfolk Island aged 77. Norfolk Island, population ~2000, is a self-governing territory of Australia located between Australia and New Zealand.

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    2014 Costa Book of the Year Announced

    Jan 27 2015: Helen Macdonald's memoir H Is For Hawk has been named Costa Book of the Year.

    The book is the author's personal account of training a goshawk as a way of dealing with grief following her father's death.

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      First National Readathon Day raises $50,000 from nearly 200 participating bookstores, libraries, schools etc.

      Jan 26 2015: The first National Readathon Day, held in the USA on Saturday, drew crowds to stores that had events highlighting the occasion. Book lovers were asked to pledge to read for four hours starting at noon in their respective time zones--nearly 200 bookstores, libraries, ...

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        First National Readathon Day this Saturday - like a walk-a-thon except you read!

        Jan 20 2015: Saturday, 24th Jan is the first National Readathon Day. NRD is a nation-wide marathon reading session from Noon to 4pm (in respective time zones).

        You can share your love of books and support programs that promote reading by pledging to read and fund-raise for the ...

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          6 of the 8 Oscar best picture nominations are based on books including Birdman, Grand Budapest, Imitation Game and Theory of Everything

          Jan 16 2015: Six of the eight best picture nominations for this year's Academy Awards, which will be presented February 22, are based on books or are book-related; and there are number of other nominations for movies based on books. The information below is summarized from Shelf ...

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            Kate DiCamillo to be the first National Summer Reading Champion

            Jan 14 2015: Kate DiCamillo, the Library of Congress Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and author of more than a dozen books, is to be the first National Summer Reading Champion, working with the nonprofit Collaborative Summer Library Program.

            DiCamillo will appear in a ...

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              Indie Bookstores Alive & Well! Average indie saw 9% increase in sales in December vs last year, and sales were up 6% year on year.

              Jan 12 2015: With just about all reports in, it's clear that 2014 ended strongly for bricks-and-mortar bookstores. For the first time in several years, book sales at Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million during the holiday season stabilized. At independents, the news was significantly ...

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                Robert Stone, author of Dog Soldiers, dies aged 77

                Jan 12 2015: National Book Award winner for Dog Soldiers Robert Stone, 77, died at home in Key West, FL of COPD on Saturday.

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