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How libraries can save the 2020 election

Sep 04 2020: As states rush to adapt their election systems amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials estimate that 80 million Americans plan to vote by mail this fall, twice as many as in 2016. Because of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s decision to remove or cripple key components ...

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Bertelsmann, owner of Penguin Random House, and Harper Collins interested in buying Simon & Schuster

Sep 02 2020: Penguin Random House parent company Bertelsmann has confirmed that it is interested in acquiring Simon & Schuster once ViacomCBS begins to again actively shop the country’s third largest trade publishing house after the pandemic fades Shortly after Viacom and CBS merged...

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Supply issues disrupt fall publishing schedules

Aug 28 2020: Back in March, many publisher rescheduled large chunks of their catalog to the fall in the hope that things would be back to normal. But they are not, and now we are entering a very overcrowded season with the extra issue that the two largest printing companies in the ...

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Marilyn Chin win Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Aug 28 2020: The Poetry Foundation has announced Marilyn Chin as the winner of the 2020 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. This award honors a living US poet with $100,000 in recognition of their outstanding lifetime achievement. It is one of the most prestigious awards given to American ...

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Dev Patel heads ensemble cast in new 'David Copperfield'

Aug 28 2020: According to The Washington Post, The Personal History of David Copperfield is a supremely effective ensemble piece, stuffed to bursting with brilliant supporting performances by Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Rosalind Eleazar and Benedict Wong....

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Kwame Dawes to take over as editor of American Life in Poetry

Aug 28 2020: Kwame Dawes has been named the new editor of American Life in Poetry, a free weekly column that appears in hundreds of publications and thousands of online newsletters. Dawes, who was born in Ghana, is the author of 20 books of poetry, most recently City of Bones: A ...

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Powell's will no longer sell on Amazon Marketplace

Aug 28 2020: Saturday Aug 29 is Independent Bookstore Day, and Powell's, the renowned indie bookstore in Portland, Oregon, is marking the day in a unique way. To affirm its commitment to customers, the community and fellow bookstores, it is no longer going to sell through Amazon ...

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Trump's plot to skew election by undermining the post office also risks crippling bookstores

Aug 28 2020: Donald Trump’s plot to skew the upcoming election by wrecking the Post Office could also cripple the nation’s bookstores. Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kan., is raising the alarm. He just published a pamphlet called “Save the USPS,” which he ...

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