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Obituary: Andrew Clements

Dec 03 2019: Prolific children’s author Andrew Clements, best known for his popular middle grade novel Frindle, about a fifth-grader’s plan to invent a new word, died on November 28 in West Baldwin, Me., following an illness. He was 70.

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The Dirt Hole cleans up to claim the 2019 Diagram Prize

Dec 03 2019: A re-released classic hunting and trapping guide has snared the 41st edition of The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

Charles L Dobbins's self-published The Dirt Hole and its Variations swept away the competition, claiming 40% of the public vote. Dr ...

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#CiderMonday: 'The Internet Can't Do That'

Dec 03 2019: Yesterday marked the seventh annual celebration of Cider Monday, the bricks-and-mortar response to Cyber Monday. It was originally launched by Willard Williams, owner of the Toadstool Bookshops in Keene, Peterborough and Nashua.

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Two Nobel literature prize committee members resign

Dec 03 2019: Two members of the external Nobel literature prize committee have quit – one over the choice of Peter Handke as this year's winner and the other over the slow pace of reforms since the sexual assault scandal.

Gun-Britt Sundström, 74, and Kristoffer Leandoer, 57, both...

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Jonathan Miller, writer and director, dies aged 85

Nov 27 2019: Sir Jonathan Miller, the writer, theatre and opera director, and member of the Beyond the Fringe comedy team, has died at the age of 85.

In a statement his family said Miller died “peacefully at home following a long battle with Alzheimer’s”.

Although he hated the...

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Clive James, writer, broadcaster and TV critic, dies aged 80

Nov 27 2019: Clive James, the broadcaster, poet and television critic, has died aged 80 after a long illness.

The Australian died at his home in Cambridge on Sunday, his agent confirmed. A private funeral attended by family and close friends took place in the chapel at Pembroke ...

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E-books at libraries are a huge hit, leading to long waits, reader hacks and worried publishers

Nov 26 2019: The Washington Post explores the myriad complexities of e-book lending through libraries. For full context, it would be best to read the article in full. But one key take out is that, in general, the library pays every time a patron borrows an ebook.

BookBrowse spoke ...

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Care About Journalism? Maybe You Should Cancel Your Newspaper

Nov 26 2019: A provocative article that needs to be read in its entirety for the full context. The gist is as follows:

....It’s heresy for a journalist to ask readers to consider dropping their newspaper. Beyond the obvious self-interest, reporters and editors consider a ...

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