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National Book Foundation announces 5 under 35 honorees

Sep 25 2017: The National Book Foundation ha announced its 2017 5 Under 35 honorees, a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. Each author was selected by a National Book Award Winner, ...

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New research suggests that splitting an infinitive should no longer be considered a grammar error

Sep 25 2017: Splitting an infinitive and starting a sentence with “so” or “like” are all habits that any self-respecting grammar pedant would abhor.

But a new study has found that conventions which prohibit such practises are so widely flouted, they have effectively become part ...

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"The Hobbit," published 80 years ago this week, lives up to early reviewer C.S. Lewis' prediction that it would become a classic

Sep 24 2017: On the 80th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, Lithub look back on C. S Lewis' review of his old friend J. R. R. Tolkien's first novel:

"...For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be ...

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In original version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" a black Charlie was embedded in a life size chocolate given to Wonka's son for Easter

Sep 24 2017: Follow last week's revelation from Roald Dahl's widow that Dahl initially intended the hero of his 1964 classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be black, Catherine Keyser, an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, provides additional ...

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Much loved children's book, "The Snowy Day" to be captured in four stamps available from Oct 4

Sep 24 2017: On Oct. 4, the United States Postal Service will issue four stamps, part of the “Forever” series, featuring Peter, the little boy from Ezra Jack Keats’s “The Snowy Day.” The book was published in 1962. The next year, Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” ...

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Ron Charles argues that it would be better for American readers if The Booker Prize reverted to only accepting entries from Britain and the Commonwealth

Sep 24 2017: Prompted by last week's announcement of the Booker Prize shortlist (Britain's most prestigious literary award), with half of the six nominees being American writers, Ron Charles expresses sadness that the award is now open to all writing in English rather than just to ...

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Volunteers rescue thousands of books from Mosul library destroyed by Islamic State, and host a book festival

Sep 24 2017: The volunteer effort to save what was left of Mosul University library after it was destroyed by IS has renewed hope for the city after more than two years of occupation.

The library once contained hundreds of thousands of ancient documents, including a ninth-century...

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Annie Proulx to receive honorary National Book Award

Sep 21 2017: Annie Proulx will receive the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the awards ceremony on November 15. Anne Hathaway (who starred in the film adaptation of Brokeback Mountain) will present the award.

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