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Helen Dunmore dies aged 64

Jun 06 2017: Helen Dunmore has died aged 64 of cancer. She authored 12 novels, three books of short stories, numerous books for young adults and children and 11 collections of poetry.

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Bob Dylan's Nobel speech: Can song lyrics be literature?

Jun 05 2017: On Monday, the Nobel Foundation released Bob Dylan’s lecture (which he gave just shy of the 6 month deadline in order to receive the award and cash prize of US$900,000. In his 27 minute speech, Dylan explored the topic that was on many people's minds when he was ...

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Forever Stamp to celebrate Henry David Thoreau bicentennial

May 28 2017: The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Henry David Thoreau (b. July 12, 1817) during the bicentennial year of his birth with a Forever Stamp. A first-day-issue stamp dedication ceremony took place last week at the the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center in ...

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Denis Johnson, award winning writer, playwright and poet has died aged 67

May 26 2017: Denis Johnson, the prize-winning fiction writer, poet and playwright best known for his surreal and transcendent story collection “Jesus’ Son,” has died at age 67.

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Jean Fritz, author of ground-breaking historical biographies for children, dies aged 101

May 19 2017: Jean Fritz, an award-winning writer whose work helped transform historical biographies for children from leaden recitals of battles and dates into warm, human narratives full of quirks and crotchets and satisfyingly strange facts, died on Sunday at her home in Sleepy ...

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Businesses unite to advocate to retain federal library funding

May 17 2017: America’s libraries got a major boost this week on Capitol Hill as a group of leading publishing, information, software, and other businesses unveiled an organized effort to advocate for federal library funding. The move comes in response to the Trump administration's ...

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Margarita Engle named Young People's Poet Laureate

May 15 2017: Margarita Engle has been named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate ...

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Suite Francaise, adapted from Irene Nemirovsky, will premiere on Lifetime May 22

May 15 2017: Suite Française, adapted from the bestselling book by Irene Nemirovsky will premiere on the Lifetime network May 22.

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