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E.U. approves Vivendi purchase of Lagardère

Jun 12 2023: After a nine-month investigation, the European Commission has approved the purchase of Lagardère, owner of Hachette, France's largest publisher, by Vivendi, with several conditions. Vivendi must sell its Editis publishing house, the second largest publisher in France, ...

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21st-century editors should keep their hands off of 20th-century books

Jun 12 2023: A number of beloved novels, for both children and adults, are being “retouched” — updated to remove overtly racist, sexist or otherwise offensive language. Publishers and literary estates — including those of best-selling mystery writer Agatha Christie, children’s ...

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School librarians share their battles with book banning

Jun 12 2023: Book challenges and bans leveled on children’s and YA materials in school and public libraries have been in the headlines for a couple of years now, part of a news cycle fueled by the heat of the politically motivated culture war gripping our country. The spotlight on ...

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Librarians, publishers file amicus briefs in Texas book banning case

Jun 05 2023: With oral arguments set for June 7 before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, librarians and publishers have filed amicus briefs in a closely watched Texas case over the banning of books in the public library.

The case, Little v. Llano County, was first filed on ...

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"Journalism mustn't be silenced": colleagues to complete slain reporter's book

Jun 05 2023: One year after Dom Phillips was killed in the Brazilian Amazon, friends and colleagues have come together in a show of journalistic solidarity to keep his legacy alive and finish the book the British journalist was working on at the time of his death.

Phillips and ...

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17 plaintiffs plan to challenge Arkansas' library obscenity law

May 30 2023: Some 17 plaintiffs—including the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation, the Association of American Publishers and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) plan to sue the state of Arkansas over two sections of a new law that changes how libraries ...

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Majority of book challenges filed by just 11 people

May 24 2023: Books about LGBTQ people are fast becoming the main target of a historic wave of school book challenges — and a large percentage of the complaints come from a minuscule number of hyperactive adults, a first-of-its-kind Washington Post analysis found.

A stated wish to...

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Martin Amis, era-defining British novelist, dies aged 73

May 20 2023: Martin Amis, the influential author of era-defining novels including Money and London Fields, and the memoir Experience, has died at the age of 73 at his home at Lake Worth in Florida. His wife, Isabel Fonseca, said that the cause was cancer of the oesophagus.

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