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Six of this year's 25 MacArthur "genius grant" winners are writers or storytellers

Oct 04 2018: Among the 25 winners of the 2018 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships (widely referred to as the "genius grants," which come with a no-strings-attached award of $625,000) are at least six people who are writers or story-tellers:

  • Natalie Diaz, 40,...

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Amazon boosts minimum wage to $15 for all workers following criticism

Oct 02 2018: Amazon.com announced Tuesday that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour for all employees, a move that comes after the tech giant faced harsh criticism for how much it pays its workers.

The pay increase will affect 250,000 Amazon employees and 100,000 ...

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Guilty verdict for man at center of Nobel Prize in Literature scandal

Oct 02 2018: Jean-Claude Arnault, the man at the center of a scandal that led to the cancellation of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature, has been found guilty of rape and sentenced to two years in prison by a Swedish court, the New York Times reported. The Swedish Academy ...

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7 characters that didn't make it into the Harry Potter books

Sep 28 2018: Harry Potter fans will enjoy Mental Floss' "7 Characters That Didn’t Make It Into the Harry Potter Books," including a Weasley cousin in Slytherin; a younger sister for Hermione; and an eccentric witch, Mopsy who takes in Padfoot--all characters that were included in J....

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Do we still need Banned Books Week?

Sep 26 2018: Writing in The Washington Post, Ron Charles asks if we still need Banned Books Week? He concludes:

Far from it being dated, James LaRue (from the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association) believes that Banned Books Week may be more relevant...

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5 Under 35 honorees announced

Sep 24 2018: 5 Under 35 is an annual prize that honors five young and promising fiction writers, each selected by a National Book Award Winner or Finalist. This year's honorees are:

Hannah Lillith Assadi, Sonora
Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater
Lydia Kiesling, The Golden State
Nana ...

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Crazy Rich Asians trilogy dominates charts. Doubleday goes back to press 54 times since January

Sep 21 2018: The recent movie adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians has driven sales of all three books in the trilogy which also includes China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. Doubleday have gone back to press 54 times since January and the "Crazy" trilogy now has over 3 ...

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Amazon may open up to 3,000 AmazonGo stores in next few years

Sep 20 2018: Amazon is considering opening as many as 3,000 AmazonGo cashierless stores over the next few years, Bloomberg reported yesterday, calling it "an aggressive and costly expansion that would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven Inc., quick-service sandwich shops like ...

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Editor's Choice

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    A Ladder to the Sky
    by John Boyne
    Of our 44 First Impression readers, 32 gave A Ladder to the Sky a four- or five-star review for an ...
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    In Extremis
    by Lindsey Hilsum
    International journalist Marie Colvin pushed the limits in her work and her personal life. Widely ...
  • Book Jacket: Vita Nostra
    Vita Nostra
    by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
    Vita Nostra by Ukrainian authors Sergey and Marina Dyachenko is one of those novels that defies ...
  • Book Jacket: And The Ocean Was Our Sky
    And The Ocean Was Our Sky
    by Patrick Ness
    Patrick Ness has developed a reputation for experimental literature executed well, and his latest, ...

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