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Costa Book Awards scrapped suddenly after 50 years

Jun 13 2022: The Costa Book Awards have been abruptly scrapped. The coffee shop chain has said the 2021 awards, which were announced in February this year, were the last.

1971 marked the first year of the awards, which were sponsored by the Whitbread company (a brewery and owner...

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Audiobook growth continues

Jun 08 2022: For a 10th straight year, the Audio Publishers Association’s annual sales survey has revealed a double-digit increase in audiobook sales. The 28 member companies reporting to the APA had revenue gains of 25% in 2021 bringing the estimated industry total to $1.6 billion ...

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Christian book publisher faces criticism for endorsing Pride Month with LGBT reading list

Jun 08 2022: Pride month has generated a giant controversy in the Christian literature world after Christian publisher Eerdmans posted a "Books to Read for Pride Month" guide.

Initially, the publisher responded to the criticism by taking down the post, but has now retweeted it ...

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Unburnable copy of The Handmaid’s Tale fetches $130,000

Jun 08 2022: A specially commissioned, unburnable edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has been auctioned for $130,000.

Proceeds will be donated to PEN America, which advocates for free expression worldwide. The 384-page book consists mainly of Cinefoil, a specially ...

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Book banning in the US: These are the authors of color who censors are trying to silence

Jun 04 2022: Young adult authors of color are fed up with being targeted.

They're sick of seeing their books bogusly labeled "critical race theory" or "anti-police." They're incredulous at claims their words make kids uncomfortable. They're done seeing their books challenged or ...

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Detention of bookseller in Belarus

May 31 2022: The International Publishers Association, the Federation of European Publishers and the European and International Booksellers Federation have strongly condemned the detention of Belarussian publisher and bookseller Andrey Yanushkevich and his associate Nasta Karnatska ...

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Women’s Prize Trust names 'bold and ambitious' Discoveries shortlist

May 27 2022: The Women’s Prize Trust has announced its Discoveries program 2022 shortlist, featuring six “ambitious and imaginative” authors at the start of their writing journeys.

The shortlist and their novels-in-progress are: Sui Annukka for Thursday, Sadbh Kellett for Hunt ...

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Unburnable edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be auctioned for anti-censorship fundraiser

May 24 2022: To raise awareness about the proliferating book banning and educational gag orders in some U.S. schools, Margaret Atwood and Penguin Random House have partnered to create The Unburnable Book, a fireproof edition of Atwood's prescient (and regularly banned) novel The ...

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