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University presses are keeping American literature alive

Nov 14 2022: In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Margaret Renkl explores the importance of University Presses:

Many important manuscripts would not see the light of day if they were measured against expectations for nationwide sales. University presses take up titles that ...

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HarperCollins union workers go on strike over pay 'for as long as it takes'

Nov 10 2022: Stephanie Guerdan started working in the children’s book department of HarperCollins Publishers six years ago. It was a dream job – just not a dream paycheck. The $33,500-a-year salary was well below a livable wage in New York City, but Guerdan didn’t ask for more. “I ...

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In written opinion, Judge Florence Pan delivers knockout blow to PRH, S&S merger

Nov 08 2022: On November 7, Judge Florence Pan released her memorandum opinion blocking Penguin Random House from acquiring rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster—and in the final analysis, after a year of legal wrangling and a three-week trial that captivated the publishing ...

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Permacrisis chosen as Collins word of the year

Nov 04 2022: Brexit, Covid, war, climate disasters, a tanking economy, political instability, global insecurity, a sense of impending doom. There’s a single word for this, and it has just become Collins Dictionary’s word of the year: permacrisis.

The word is defined as “an ...

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Obituary Note: Thomas Cahill

Nov 02 2022: Thomas Cahill, "a multilingual scholar who wrote a surprise 1995 bestseller demonstrating to the world how a small band of Irish monks collected and protected the jewels of Western civilization after the fall of the Western Roman Empire," died October 18, the New York ...

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Julie Powell, food writer behind ‘Julie & Julia,’ dies at 49

Nov 01 2022: Julie Powell—the writer who chronicled a year cooking her way through the recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, leading to popular food blog, and later a biopic starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep—died last week at her home in upstate New York. ...

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Court blocks Penguin Random House, S&S merger

Oct 31 2022: A Federal Court has blocked Penguin Random House's acquisition of rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster. At press time, Judge Florence Y. Pan's opinion was not yet public as the parties still need to agree on redactions to protect confidential information, but in a ...

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Salman Rushdie has lost sight in one eye and use of one hand, says agent

Oct 23 2022: Salman Rushdie has lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand after the attack he suffered while preparing to deliver a lecture in New York state two months ago, his agent has confirmed.

The 75-year-old author, who received death threats from Iran in the 1980s ...

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