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On eve of Banned Books Week 2022, ALA says challenges are rising

Sep 16 2022: This year's Banned Books Week, the American Library Association's annual celebration of the freedom to read, is set to run from September 18-24 under the theme "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." And there is no question that it comes at a critical time.

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Spanish novelist Javier Marías dies in Madrid hospital aged 70

Sep 13 2022: The Spanish novelist Javier Marías, author of All Souls, A Heart so White, and the epic, three-part Your Face Tomorrow – and a writer regularly touted as a candidate for the Nobel prize for literature – has died of pneumonia in hospital in Madrid at the age of 70.

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Barbara Ehrenreich, explorer of prosperity’s dark side, dies at 81

Sep 08 2022: Barbara Ehrenreich, the journalist, activist and author, died at 81 on Thursday at a hospice facility in Alexandria, Va., where she also had a home. Her daughter, Rosa Brooks, said the cause was a stroke. She was the author of more than 20 books including Nickel and ...

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Booker shortlist and Giller longlist announced

Sep 08 2022: The six-title shortlist for the 2022 Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced, as has the 14-title long-list for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, which "highlights the very best of Canadian fiction."

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Literary agent, Sterling Lord, who discovered Jack Kerouac dies aged 102

Sep 08 2022: Sterling Lord, who for more than 60 years was one of New York's most successful and durable literary agents, died September 3. He was 102. The New York Times reported that although the list of well-known writers he represented is long, "his success began with an unknown...

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When is a bestseller not necessarily a bestseller?

Sep 03 2022: Writing for the BBC, Carolyn Atkinson explores the murky waters of the the UK bestseller lists:

Authors and publishers all want to sell enough books to have a bestseller. But is a bestseller always actually a bestseller? Not necessarily if a publisher has paid to get...

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I was onstage with Salman Rushdie that day, and what I saw was remarkable

Sep 03 2022: An essay by Henry Reese, co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which hosts persecuted and exiled writers:

Violence against writers was the topic I was about to interview the novelist Salman Rushdie about at the Chautauqua Institution on Aug. 12. We were being ...

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Obituary Note: Norah Vincent

Sep 01 2022: Norah Vincent, whose 2006 book, Self-Made Man, made her "a media darling" but "cost her psychologically," died July 6, the New York Times reported. She was 53. Her death, which was not reported at the time, was confirmed recently by Justine Hardy, a friend who said it ...

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