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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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              National Humanities Medal award winners

              Sep 04 2015: The White House today announced the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The awardees include historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist and an education course. President Barack Obama will confer the medal in ...

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                Don DeLillo awarded National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

                Sep 03 2015: The 2015 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters has been awarded to Don DeLillo for "a diverse body of work that examines the mores of contemporary modern American culture and brilliantly embeds the rhythms of everyday speech ...

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