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Republicans’ classroom gagging bills are ‘attack on education’, PEN report says

Aug 17 2022: Republicans have mounted an “attack on education” in 2022, according to a report, as lawmakers have introduced a soaring number of bills aimed at limiting classroom discussion of race and LGBTQ+ issues.

The number of “educational gag orders” introduced has increased ...

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UK bookseller Christopher Foyle dies aged 79

Aug 16 2022: Christopher Foyle, former chairman of Foyles bookshops in the UK, has died aged 79

The book chain said in a statement: “We are very sad to hear that Christopher Foyle, our former chairman, and member of the founding Foyle family, has passed away aged 79. Christopher’...

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Agents have their say in DOJ v PRH

Aug 12 2022: Thursday’s proceedings in the Department of Justice's efforts to block Penguin Random House's acquisition of Simon & Schuster started with the remainder of testimony from Norton’s John Glusman and ended with the testimony of literary agent Gail Ross of Ross/Yoon. In ...

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Salman Rushdie is attacked during speech in western New York

Aug 12 2022: The attack happened at about 10:45 a.m. shortly after Mr. Rushdie took the stage to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution. The author spent years living in hiding after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran called for his execution in 1989.

Mr. Rushdie was ...

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PW recaps the first week of U.S. Dept. of Justice's court case to block Penguin Random House from buying Simon & Schuster

Aug 08 2022: A compilation of PW's coverage of U.S. v. Bertelsmann SE & CO. KGaA, et al., the U.S. Department of Justice's bid to block Penguin Random House's acquisition of rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster, with the most recent coverage up top...

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David McCullough, best-selling explorer of America’s past, dies at 89

Aug 08 2022: David McCullough, who was known to millions as an award-winning, best-selling author and an appealing television host and narrator with a rare gift for recreating the great events and characters of America’s past, died on Sunday at his home in Hingham Mass. He was 89. ...

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Michigan library defunded after refusing to censor LGBTQ authors

Aug 05 2022: A small-town library is at risk of shutting down after residents of Jamestown, Michigan, voted to defund it rather than tolerate certain LGBTQ+-themed books.

Residents voted on Tuesday to block a renewal of funds tied to property taxes, Bridge Michigan reported.

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Judge backs dismissal of 'implausible' Amazon, Big Five price-fixing suit

Aug 05 2022: Just one week after a marathon hearing in a New York courtroom, a federal judge has recommended that a potential consumer class action lawsuit accusing Amazon and the Big Five publishers of a conspiracy to fix e-book prices be dismissed... from the outset of the case, ...

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