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Doubleday acquires two new Stacey Abrams thrillers

May 20 2021: Doubleday and Anchor Books have acquired North American rights for two new political thrillers by Georgia politician Stacey Abrams. Both of the new novels will feature Avery Keene, the star of Abram's latest novel, While Justice Sleeps, which was published May 11 and ...

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The Passenger: Lost German novel makes UK bestseller list 83 years on

May 17 2021: A novel written about the persecution of Jews in Germany in 1938 but which was then forgotten about for 80 years has made it onto a UK bestsellers list.

Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz's The Passenger is about a Jewish man who - like the author - attempts to escape the ...

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Shuggie Bain bags Book of the Year at the British Book Awards

May 14 2021: Douglas Stuart has won Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, triumphing with his “truly exceptional” début novel, Shuggie Bain. Other winners at the virtual ceremony (held on 13th May) were 17-year-old Dara McAnulty, former monk Jay Shetty, Delia Owens, Caroline ...

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The rise of virtual foreign author tours

May 13 2021: One of the unintended consequences of the pandemic and the shift to virtual author events is that booksellers and publishers have had the opportunity to put together events for overseas authors who would not usually tour the U.S. “The possibilities are endless,” said ...

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HarperCollins completes purchase of HMH trade division

May 10 2021: HarperCollins, the second largest trade publisher in the U.S., has completed its acquisition of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media. HC, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, agreed to buy the HMH trade division in March for $349 million.

(Trade is the ...

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Obituary note: John Cullen

May 07 2021: John Christopher Cullen III, the renowned translator of more than 50 novels and works of nonfiction into English, died on April 15. He was 79 years old.

Born in New Orleans, La., in 1942, Cullen earned a Ph.D. in English literature and traveled extensively in Europe ...

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Report urges library leaders to address decline in public library usage stats

May 06 2021: In a report published this week, veteran London-based bookseller, library advocate, and former Waterstones managing director Tim Coates warns that U.S. public library usage statistics show a steep decline—and he suggests that library leaders must do more to address the ...

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Jason Matthews, spy novelist, dies at 69

May 03 2021: Jason Matthews, who parlayed his 33 years as a CIA officer into a second career as a best-selling spy novelist, writing scenes so gripping and vivid that some readers thought he was violating the agency’s strict secrecy protocols, died April 28 at his home in Rancho ...

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