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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019

Dec 30 2019: If you've already made your way through President Barack Obama's summer reading list, and you're waiting for anticipated new releases in 2020, get ready to add some more books to your stack—because the former President just released his annual list of favorite books. ...

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Racism dispute roils Romance Writers of America

Dec 30 2019: A dispute over a racism accusation and how it was handled have upended the romance writers’ community, with best-selling novelists speaking out against the Romance Writers of America and most of the powerful, 9,000-member trade organization’s board resigning in the last...

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The long tail of "Where the Crawdads Sing"

Dec 21 2019: In the summer of 2018, Putnam published an unusual debut novel by a retired wildlife biologist named Delia Owens. The book, which had an odd title and didn’t fit neatly into any genre, hardly seemed destined to be a blockbuster, so Putnam printed about 28,000 copies.

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Dav Pilkey Is PW’s Person of the Year for 2019

Dec 20 2019: Over the course of a wildly creative career, Dav Pilkey has written, drawn, and cocreated more than 60 books that have thrilled generations of children with goofy, gross-out humor and genuine empathy. He has a distinct talent for connecting with his readers and their ...

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Is Trump preparing to order public access to taxpayer funded research?

Dec 19 2019: In a press release this week, the Association of American Publishers shared the concerns of more than 125 scholarly society and research organizations in opposition to a potential Trump administration executive order that could potentially achieve something with the ...

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" is bestselling book of the decade

Dec 19 2019: E.L. James’s irresistibly salacious novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which morphed from web-published fan fiction into a blockbuster book and movie franchise, is the bestselling book in the U.S. book market over the past decade, according to NPD BookScan. The title sold 15.2...

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Pearson sells remaining stake in Penguin Random House to Bertelsmann

Dec 18 2019: Pearson, the U.K. publishing company that merged its Penguin subsidiary with Bertelsmann's Random House in 2012 to create Penguin Random House, is selling its remaining 25% of PRH to Bertelsmann, which will become sole owner, the Bookseller reported. The sale is ...

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Language is here to serve all of us. Merriam-Webster’s word of the year shows that.

Dec 17 2019: The dictionary folk at Merriam-Webster last week named “they” as word of the year, and not simply in its singular sense — Merriam-Webster helpfully noted that the singular “they” has been “used for this purpose for over 600 years” — but also in its nonbinary sense, as a...

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    In The History of Bees, her debut novel for adults, internationally bestselling Norwegian writer ...
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