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Jacqueline Woodson named Young People's Poet Laureate

Jun 04 2015: Jacqueline Woodson has been named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate ...

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Mathematician John F. Nash Jr, and his wife Alicia die in car crash

May 24 2015: Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John F. Nash Jr., known to many due to Sylvia Nasar's bestselling book, A Beautiful Mind, and the subsequent film of the same name, was killed on Saturday with his wife, Alicia, in a car crash. He was 86, she was 82. They were taking a ...

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Man Booker International prize 2015 goes to László Krasznahorkai

May 19 2015: The Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai (pronounced Laas-lo Krasna-hor-kai) has won the Man Booker International prize for his “achievement in fiction on the world stage”. Chair of judges Marina Warner, the academic and writer, compared Krasznahorkai’s work to Kafka –...

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Portrait believed to be of Shakespeare found in old botany book

May 19 2015: Botanist and historian Mark Griffiths believes he has cracked an "ingenious cipher" to identify Shakespeare in an engraving in a 16th-Century botany book. Griffiths made his discovery when he was researching the biography of pioneering botanist John Gerard (1545-1612), ...

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Little Free Library celebrates 3rd anniversary

May 13 2015: In just three years the Little Free Library movement has grown from zero to 25,000 locations in 72 countries. More than 40 million books have changed hands through this network due to the efforts of volunteer stewards who install, curate and sustain the book exchanges. ...

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Children's book illustrator Marcia Brown dies

May 07 2015: Children's book illustrator Marcia Brown died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, Calif. She was 96.

One of the country’s most lauded picture-book artists, Ms. Brown illustrated dozens of titles and won the Caldecott Medal three times. For some books, she also ...

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Two inaugural events for indie bookstores - in USA and Canada

May 04 2015: Saturday saw two inaugural events for Indie bookstores, one in the USA, the other in Canada. In the USA, Independent Bookstore Day took off with a bang with about 400 indie bookstores across the country taking part (for background to this event see previous news stories...

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Author Ruth Rendell dies

May 02 2015: Ruth Rendell, one of Britain's great mystery writers, has died aged 85 after a 50-year career. Author of the Chief Inspector Wexford novels and many standalone novels written under her own name, she also penned many writing as Barbara Vine.

To quote The Guardian, "...

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