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Each 18-year-old Italian to be given €500 "cultural bonus" to spend how they like.

Nov 11 2016: The Italian government has launched an initiative to give a €500 (about $546) "cultural bonus" to young people on their 18th birthday. The money can be spent on books, concert tickets, theater tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits and trips to national parks. The aim ...

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Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

Nov 11 2016: Singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen died Thursday aged 82. Jared Bland, his longtime publisher at McClelland & Stewart, said in a statement, "His work, in all its forms, touched our hearts, informed our lives, and made our world better. It is almost ...

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PEN America doubles down on its mission to protect free speech

Nov 10 2016: In the wake of Donald J. Trump's surprising victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, PEN America has released a statement doubling down on its mission to protect free speech. The statement comes as the country waits to inaugurate a leader who has ...

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Little Free Library reaches milestone - now 50,000 book exchanges worldwide!

Nov 08 2016: The Little Free Library movement has reached a milestone with its 50,000th book exchange (located at the Illumination Foundation homeless shelter in Santa Ana, Calif.)

Little Free Library's stated purpose is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building ...

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PEN America Decries Abduction of Hong Kong Booksellers

Nov 07 2016: The American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers and the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom issued a statement over the weekend praising Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee for "revealing details of his illegal ...

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Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck Everlasting, dies aged 84

Nov 01 2016: Esteemed author and artist Natalie Babbitt, whose 1975 novel Tuck Everlasting remains a lauded work of the modern children’s literature canon, died of lung cancer on October 31 in her home in Hamden, Ct. She was 84.

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Marlowe to be credited as co-author on Shakespeare's Henry IV trilogy

Oct 25 2016: Ending years of speculation (or perhaps simply fueling more), Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe is to be credited as co-author on Oxford University Press editions of three of Shakespeare's plays after researchers verified Marlowe's contribution "strongly and ...

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Paul Beatty becomes the first US winner of the UK's prestigious Man Booker Prize

Oct 25 2016: Paul Beatty has become the first US winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Sellout.

Until recently the award was only open to citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations (in essence, the UK and former British colonies), but in 2014 it was opened to authors worldwide so ...

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