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2023 Booker Prize longlist announced

Aug 01 2023: The longlist for the 2023 Booker Prize was announced on August 1. Among the 13 authors to make the list, 10, including four debut novelists, were longlisted for the first time, and four are from Ireland. Only two Americans made the list this year, after six were ...

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Paperback or hardcover? Used or new? Let’s talk about our book habits

Jul 29 2023: Book critic Michael Dirda shares 29 of his rules for reading. They are not hard and fast.

Over time, all readers acquire an array of personal, often bizarrely eccentric rules and routines that govern — or warp — how they interact with the printed word. For example, ...

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The wrath of Goodreads

Jul 27 2023: When Megan Nolan published her first novel, fellow authors warned her in “ominous tones” about the website Goodreads. The young Irish writer looked at the book’s listing there in the winter of 2020, the day the first proof copy arrived at her house. “Nobody but me and ...

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Booksellers, industry groups file suit to block Texas book rating law

Jul 26 2023: A coalition of booksellers and book industry advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit this week seeking to strike down a controversial new Texas law. Among the law's provisions is one mandating “library material vendors,” including booksellers and publishers, to create ...

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Milan Kundera, reclusive literary giant, dies

Jul 12 2023: Milan Kundera, the Czech writer who became one of the 20th century’s most influential novelists but spent much of his life in seclusion, rarely engaging with the public, died in Paris on Tuesday, according to the Moravian Library in Brno. He was 94.

“Milan Kundera, a...

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MoveOn launches Banned Bookmobile

Jul 07 2023: This month, the progressive advocacy group MoveOn is launching a Banned Bookmobile. It’s a school bus tricked out with bookshelves containing frequently challenged titles, such as Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb” and Art Spiegelman’s...

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Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina dies after Kramatorsk strike

Jul 03 2023: Victoria Amelina, one of Ukraine’s best-known young writers, has died from injuries sustained in a Russian missile strike on a crowded restaurant in eastern Ukraine. She was 37.

Her death brought to 13 the number of civilians killed in the attack on the Ria Lounge ...

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Goodreads was the future of book reviews. Then Amazon bought it

Jul 01 2023: Goodreads, an Amazon-owned review site beloved by the bookish, has grown beleaguered. The site is built on outdated technological infrastructure, which made the cost of overhauling and updating it a challenge that was ultimately not worth it for the e-commerce giant,...

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