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USA Today pauses bestseller list, lays off presiding editor

Dec 13 2022: USA Today told the Associated Press that its weekly bestseller book list will go on "hiatus for the remainder of the year” after its presiding editor was laid off in a round of budget-saving cuts on December 1, initiated by the newspaper's parent company, Gannett. In ...

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How to ban 3600 books from school libraries

Dec 12 2022: This year, at least 102 books have been removed from the shelves of school libraries in Clay County, Florida. Many of these books were pulled at the request of one man: Bruce Friedman. A conservative activist and longtime resident of New York, Friedman moved to Clay ...

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Obituary: Dominique Lapierre

Dec 12 2022: Dominique Lapierre, "a footloose French journalist who documented beauty, hope and peace amid war, poverty and disease in a long series of popular books, including Is Paris Burning? (1964) and City of Joy (1985)," died December 2, the New York Times reported. He was 91....

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Reese Witherspoon and the boom in celebrity book clubs

Dec 12 2022: Writing in the Guardian, Elle Hunt explores the phenomena of celebrity book clubs:

... Each celebrity’s involvement varies massively, from merely posting a picture of the cover on their Instagram Stories, to interrogating authors about their intent, live before their...

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Paramount CEO says S&S will be divested

Dec 08 2022: At a UBS media conference earlier this week, Bob Bakish, CEO of Simon & Schuster parent company Paramount Global, said that with the sale to Penguin Random House now dead, the company still plans to divest the publisher, though he didn’t say exactly how.

“We haven’t ...

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HarperCollins strike dispatch

Dec 08 2022: From an article by Rye White in n + 1 magazine:

An observer can catch HarperCollins president and CEO, Brian Murray, crossing the picket line most mornings, evenings, and lunchtimes, although sometimes he avoids us by taking the entrance through Starbucks on the ...

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The Word of the Year goes goblin mode

Dec 04 2022: A year ago, the lexicographic grandees at Oxford Languages dutifully stuck out their arms and chose “vax” as the 2021 Word of the Year.

But this year, the venerable publisher behind the Oxford English Dictionary has — like the rest of us, apparently — gone full ...

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Donate to help Ukrainian fathers at war record bedtime stories for their refugee children

Dec 01 2022: Recognizing the power of stories to engender a love of reading and strengthen family bonds, Ukraine-born, Amsterdam-based tech entrepreneur Andriy Shmyhelskyy created Better Time Stories, an app that allows Ukrainian fathers to record stories for their kids.

Aimed ...

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