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American novelist Philip Roth dies at 85

May 23 2018: Philip Roth, whose novel American Pastoral won a Pulitzer in 1998 but who was best-known for the controversial and explicit 1969 Portnoy's Complaint, has died at age 85.

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Maybe abusive authors don’t belong on my bookshelf. But what about in my classroom?

May 20 2018: Writing in The Washington Post, author and professor Sandra Beasley asks, "Do we continue to teach the work of people we now suspect of behaving unethically or abusively? ... As a reader, I’m devastated. As a teacher, I’ve got decisions to make..."

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Romantic Times and related websites shutting down

May 17 2018: The romance-focused magazine Romantic Times, along with the RT Book Reviews, RT VIP Salon and RT Booklovers Convention brands, is shutting down after 37 years. The closure is effective immediately, and though the RT website will remain up for another year or so, there ...

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Philip Pullman and Gail Honeyman dominate British Book Awards

May 15 2018: Philip Pullman has been named author of the year at the British Book Awards for his "outstanding" success.

The children's author was recognized after returning to the world of his Dark Materials with La Belle Sauvage last year. Awards organizers described Pullman as ...

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Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, dies aged 88.

May 15 2018: Tom Wolfe, author of notable works such as The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, has died aged 88. In addition to his books, he was a pioneer of New Journalism, which developed in the 1960s and 1970s and involved writing from a subjective perspective as ...

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Barnes & Noble: why it could soon be the bookshop's final chapter

May 13 2018: Last week, Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in the US, saw its stock price plunge nearly 8% just days after the New York Times published an editorial calling for the chain to be saved. “It’s depressing to imagine that more than 600 Barnes & Noble stores might ...

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Jojo Moyes pledges funds to save British adult literacy program, Quick Reads

May 10 2018: Author Jojo Moyes has pledged to save the British adult literacy program Quick Reads from closure by funding it for the next three years. She says she was "completely dumbfounded" on learning of the scheme's closure and is believed to have donated around £360,000 (well ...

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Junot Díaz Steps Down as Pulitzer Chairman Amid Review of Misconduct Allegations

May 10 2018: The Pulitzer Prize board has opened an independent review of sexual misconduct allegations against the award-winning novelist Junot Díaz, who is stepping down as chairman, the board said on Thursday.

"Mr. Díaz said he welcomed the review and would cooperate fully ...

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