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Jesmyn Ward becomes youngest person to win Library of Congress lifetime achievement award

Jul 01 2022: The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction will be awarded to Jesmyn Ward. Ward, aged 45, is the youngest person to receive the lifetime achievement award, which honors "an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its ...

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Cyber attack on Macmillan, site down since Saturday

Jun 29 2022: A cyber attack that has forced the U.S. division of Macmillan to take its computer systems offline since Saturday, leaving it unable to take orders, is now in its fourth day and has spread to the U.K. operation. Macmillan's imprints include St Martin's Press, Flatiron ...

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Kalani Pickhart's debut set in Ukraine wins Young Lions Fiction Award

Jun 24 2022: Kalani Pickhart’s debut novel about Ukraine, I Will Die in a Foreign Land, won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library. This $10,000 prize is conferred on the best novel or collection of short stories by a writer age 35 or younger.

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Lawyers say 'defective' Virginia obscenity claims should be tossed

Jun 22 2022: A pair of closely watched lawsuits in Virginia are now in the hands of a state judge after lawyers for two authors and publishers accused of violating an obscure state obscenity law asked the court to throw the cases out.

First filed in May by lawyer and Republican ...

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The daughters of Paul Rusesabagina (whose story was told in "Hotel Rwanda") plead for their father's release

Jun 17 2022: Paul Rusesabagina's story was brought to the world through the book and movie, Hotel Rwanda. Despite being a Belgian citizen and a US permanent resident, he was kidnapped two years ago and is currently serving a 25-year sentence in Rwanda. According to many ...

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LGBTQ Fiction Sales Surge in the U.S.

Jun 16 2022: According to a new report from NPD BookScan, print book sales of LGBTQ fiction are surging in the U.S. across the adult, children's, and YA categories. In 2021, sales of LGBTQ fiction reached 5 million units, doubling 2020 sales. Strong growth has continued in 2022, ...

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George Lamming obituary

Jun 16 2022: The six novels and the collections of essays by George Lamming, who has died aged 94, did much to shape Caribbean literary culture. He also contributed to it as an educator and activist intellectual, mentoring a host of young writers and scholars in the Caribbean and ...

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Ruth Ozeki wins Women's Prize for Fiction

Jun 16 2022: Ruth Ozeki’s fourth novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The novelist, film-maker and Zen Buddhist priest takes the £30,000 award for a book that “stood out for its sparkling writing, warmth, intelligence, humour and poignancy...

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