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Oprah picks The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

Aug 24 2021: Oprah announced today that her latest selection for Oprah’s Book Club—her 92nd—is The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, by poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Though Jeffers has published five poetry collections, including The Age of Phillis, which won the 2020 NAACP Image Award ...

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Jill Murphy, children’s author and illustrator, dies aged 72

Aug 24 2021: Beloved children’s author and illustrator Jill Murphy has died at the age of 72. Murphy was best known for writing children’s book series The Worst Witch and The Large Family.

Murphy’s publisher Macmillan announced the author’s death in a statement, saying that she ...

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The polarized publishing world

Aug 20 2021: For a snapshot of how politically polarized the country has become, consider the best-seller list in this Sunday’s New York Times. Political books hold the top five spots on the hardcover nonfiction list, but they offer wildly divergent views... ...“The same kind of ...

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Hachette to buy Workman, as publishing continues consolidation push

Aug 16 2021: Hachette Book Group said on Monday that it had agreed to buy Workman Publishing, an independent company known for titles like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and the “Brain Quest” workbooks, the latest expected acquisition in an industry whose power is ...

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In backlash to racial reckoning, conservative publishers see gold

Aug 15 2021: Since George Floyd’s murder last year, books on race and racism have driven the publishing industry in ways that have been both eye-popping and profitable. But as the national conversation about racism has become a ferocious battle, conservative publishers see gold in ...

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Censorship on the rise worldwide

Aug 10 2021: Since the start of the Covid pandemic, there’s been a rise in instances of government censorship of books around the world. In October 2020, the International Publishers Association released a 106-page report, “Freedom to Publish: Challenges, Violations and Countries of...

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Judge rules Linda Fairstein can proceed with defamation lawsuit over Netflix series

Aug 10 2021: A handful of scenes from the award-winning “When They See Us” series about the Central Park Five could be misconstrued by viewers as “based in fact,” a federal judge wrote Monday, allowing a defamation suit by ex-Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor and author Linda ...

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Bouchercon calls off in-person convention

Aug 05 2021: Bouchercon, the annual mystery fiction convention, was to be held live this August in New Orleans. But an email to registrants sent out on Wednesday confirmed that, due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the event would be canceled. Full ...

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