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Ta-Nehisi Coates among 2015 MacArthur Geniuses

Sep 29 2015: Authors Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ben Lerner and poet Ellen Bryant Voigt are among the twenty-four 2015 MacArthur fellows. Each receives a no-strings attached stipend of $625,000 over five years.

"These 24 delightfully diverse MacArthur Fellows are shedding light and ...

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    What happened to the e-book apocalypse?

    Sep 23 2015: The New York Times reports on the "digital apocalypse that never arrived or at least not on schedule."

    Between 2008 and 2010 e-book sales soared by 1,260 percent. Print sales fell and bookstores struggled - culminating in Borders declaring bankruptcy in 2011.

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      Book subscription service Oyster to close

      Sep 22 2015: After two years of operation, Oyster, which offered unlimited access to a million titles for US$9.95 a month Oyster, is shutting down, and it would seem that most of the staff will be employed by Google Play Books, including the CEO and two cofounders.

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        Novelist Jackie Collins dies aged 77

        Sep 20 2015: Novelist Jackie Collins has died of breast cancer at the age of 77, her family said in a statement.

        The British-born writer, sister of actress Joan Collins, died in Los Angeles, her spokeswoman said. Collins's career spanned four decades during which she sold more ...

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          National Book Awards Longlist Announced

          Sep 17 2015: The last of the National Book Award longlists was announced Thursday, with Hanya Yanagihara's Booker-shortlisted A Little Life joining the Booker-longlisted Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg, Edith Pearlman's short-story collection Honeydew (following up on the ...

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            Man Booker Shortlist Announced

            Sep 15 2015: Marlon James, Tom McCarthy, Chigozie Obioma, Sunjeev Sahota, Anne Tyler and Hanya Yanagihara are the shortlisted authors for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

            Their books are:

            Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books (USA))

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              Henrietta Lacks biographer Rebecca Skloot responds to US parent over 'porn' allegation

              Sep 09 2015: Writer Rebecca Skloot has hit back at a Tennessee parent who is trying to have her acclaimed biography of Henrietta Lacks removed from local schools, saying the complainant is confusing “gynaecology with pornography”.

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                Authors' fundraising page for Syrian refugee crisis raises $300,000 in one day

                Sep 04 2015: Yesterday, Patrick Ness launched a fundraising page for Save the Children, with the money going "to help with the Syrian refugee crisis because I can no longer stand to just tweet about it." He offered to match GBP100,000 in donations (about US$150,000). Within hours, ...

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