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Words of the Year: A Decade in Review

Jan 10 2020: Merriam-Webster have published a summary of their Words of the Year for the 2010s, with each year's top word and a runner-up (in brackets). As a group, they tell us a lot about what was on our minds during the second decade of the 21st century.

2010: Austerity (...

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Jonathan Coe and Sara Collins win Costas

Jan 07 2020: The 2019 Costa Book Award winners were announced yesterday. The novel goes to Jonathan Coe's Middle England, a scathingly comic portrayal of the social and family divisions that bedevil Brexit Britain. Debut novel goes to The Confessions of Frannie Langton, a Gothic ...

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Elizabeth Wurtzel, journalist and author of Prozac Nation, dead at 52

Jan 07 2020: Elizabeth Wurtzel, the journalist and author who chronicled her life with depression in the bestselling memoir Prozac Nation, has died at the age of 52. Writer David Samuels, Wurtzel’s friend since childhood, told the New York Times that Wurtzel had died in New York ...

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Romance Writers of America cancel 2020 RITA awards

Jan 07 2020: As a controversy over bias and a lack of transparency at the Romance Writers of America continues to roil the country's foremost writers association for romance writers, the RWA has announced that it will postpone the 2020 RITA Contest until next year. The RITA Award is...

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White romance novelist in racism row says she was used

Jan 05 2020: A white romance novelist's ethics complaint against the author Courtney Milan for calling her book a "racist mess" led to the censure of Milan and sparked an uproar across the publishing world. Now the novelist, Kathryn Lynn Davis, says that her original complaint about...

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Ward Just, 84, dies; ex-journalist found larger truths in fiction

Jan 03 2020: Ward Just, a journalist for whom the Vietnam War was both a personal trauma and a national tragedy, inspiring him to write novels about people whose lives are shaped by war, political intrigue, myopic diplomats and other forces beyond their control, died on Thursday at ...

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"Colors of the Mountain" author Da Chen dies at 57

Jan 03 2020: Da Chen, the brilliant storyteller who drew from the hardships he suffered as a persecuted child growing up in the midst of China’s Cultural Revolution to create the critically acclaimed memoir Colors of the Mountain, has died of lung cancer at age 57. His most recent ...

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If you love books, you owe a debt to Sonny Mehta

Dec 31 2019: Publishing giant Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, died December 30 in New York City. He was 77.

Although his name may not be familiar, Mehta was not merely an individual reader in a single vacuum. As an ...

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