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Merriam-Webster names "feminism" its word of the year.

Dec 12 2017: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism. The word was a top lookup throughout the year, with several spikes that corresponded to various news reports and events.

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Novelist and short story writer John Boyne claims "women are better novelists than men".

Dec 12 2017: In an opinion piece in the Irish Times, John Boyne writes:

So I’m going to make a claim now that will probably get me kicked out of the Fraternity of Underappreciated Male Authors (FUMA) and blacklisted from the annual Christmas football game. Here goes:

I think ...

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Journalist Simeon Booker dies aged 99

Dec 12 2017: The great Simeon Booker, one of the bravest journalists of our time, faced dangers far worse than a petulant president’s social media feed. Booker refused to be cowed--and ultimately helped change the nation. His life’s work should be a lesson to us all about the power ...

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William H. Gass, Acclaimed Postmodern Author, Dies at 93

Dec 08 2017: William H. Gass, a proudly postmodern author who valued form and language more than literary conventions like plot and character and who had a broad influence on other experimental writers of the 1960s, '70s and beyond, died on Wednesday in St. Louis. He was 93. Mr. ...

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Barnes & Noble scales back ambitions as sales decline below expectations--again

Nov 30 2017: Barnes & Noble, which posted a wider loss last quarter and sent its shares tumbling, is scaling back ambitions to become more than a bookseller.

The retailer had hoped that toys, games and other items would shore up its results, especially as Amazon ate away at its ...

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Bookstores counter Cyber Monday with 'Cider Monday'

Nov 28 2017: Shelf Awareness reports on the growing "Cider Monday" movement by indie booksellers in response to the big online shopping day known as Cyber Monday. In this low key but fun event stores offer their customers "a warm welcome and a cup of delicious cider" to thank them ...

Full Story names 'complicit' its word of the year for 2017

Nov 27 2017:'s choice for its Word of the Year is "complicit." It says online searches for the word spiked three times this year...

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Indie bookstores in USA celebrate Indies First and Small Business Saturday, while Indies in the UK host inaugural Sanctuary Saturday event

Nov 27 2017: On Saturday, hundreds of booksellers across the USA took part in Indies First and Small Business Saturday, organizing all kinds of in-store activities, offering a range of deals, hosting parties and engaging in the staple of Indies First since the event was founded by ...

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Editor's Choice

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    Women & Power
    by Mary Beard
    The treatise Women & Power: A Manifesto discusses a scene in Homer's Odyssey in which Odysseus&...
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    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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    by Alice Feeney

    This brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something a lie if you believe it's the truth?
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