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Jacqueline Woodson named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Jan 04 2018: On Thursday, Jacqueline Woodson was named as the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position that was created in 2008 by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and the literacy charity Every Child a Reader.

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Fred Bass, who made the Strand Bookstore a mecca, dies at 89

Jan 04 2018: Fred Bass, who transformed his father’s small used-book store, the Strand, into a mammoth Manhattan emporium with the slogan “18 Miles of Books,” died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89.

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Eleanor Oliphant and Reservoir 13 among category winners of Costa Book Awards

Jan 03 2018: The category award winners for the UK's Costa awards have been presented. The overall winner will be named January 30.

First novel: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Novel: Reservoir 13, by Jon McGregor

Biography: In the Days of Rain, by ...

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Christmas week sales jump 7% over 2016

Jan 02 2018: While holiday unit sales of print books got off to a slow start Thanksgiving weekend, they ended on a strong note. Print unit sales increased 7% in the week ended Dec. 24, 2017, over the comparable week in 2016 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The gain was driven...

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Sue Grafton dies aged 77.

Dec 29 2017: Sue Grafton, author of the alphabetically titled detective series that began in 1982 with "A Is for Alibi," died of cancer on Thursday night in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 77.

With the publication of her latest book in August, Ms. Grafton’s alphabetical series had ...

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Book World, the fourth-largest bookstore chain in the USA, to close.

Dec 28 2017: Book World, the fourth-largest bookstore chain in the USA is closing. Founded in 1976, Book World sold hardcovers, paperbacks and sometimes tobacco in malls, downtowns and vacation areas across the Upper Midwest. It endured recessions, the expansion of superstores like ...

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The pretensions of book thieves...

Dec 28 2017: Electric Lit asks indie bookstores which books are most frequently stolen and why - and finds a link between pretentiousness and book theft. For example, this comment from Lexi Beach, owner of the Astoria bookshop in Queens:

"The conclusion we've come to is that ...

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Golden Globe nominees based on books.

Dec 15 2017: Signature (a Random House website) looks at the many 2018 Golden Globes nominees based on books:

It is officially that time of the year - awards season is upon us. As usual, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has kicked things off with the announcement of the ...

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Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Women & Power
    Women & Power
    by Mary Beard
    The treatise Women & Power: A Manifesto discusses a scene in Homer's Odyssey in which Odysseus&...
  • Book Jacket: Speak No Evil
    Speak No Evil
    by Uzodinma Iweala
    Young Nigerian American writer Uzodinma Iweala is fast becoming known as a powerful chronicler of ...
  • Book Jacket: Winter
    by Ali Smith
    "God was dead; to begin with." This first sentence of Winter perfectly sets up the dreamy journey ...
  • Book Jacket: A Land of Permanent Goodbyes
    A Land of Permanent Goodbyes
    by Atia Abawi

    When you're a refugee, everyone has lost, at least for the time being... And the journey ...

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    Anatomy of a Miracle
    by Jonathan Miles

    A stunning novel that offers an exploration of faith, science and the meaning of life.
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