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Bookstore sales down 11% in August compared to last year

Oct 16 2017: Bookstore sales in the USA fell 10.9%, to $1.4 billion, compared to August 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. For the first eight months of the year, bookstore sales are down 2.6%. Total retail sales for the year to date have risen 3.8%.

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Harry Potter exhibition sells record 30,000 advance tickets

Oct 16 2017: The British Library has revealed that its Harry Potter exhibition has sold more than 30,000 tickets - the highest number of advance tickets it has ever sold for an exhibition.

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Richard Wilbur, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer winner, dies at 96

Oct 16 2017: Richard Wilbur, whose meticulous, urbane poems earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and selection as U.S. poet laureate, died on Saturday in Belmont, Mass. He was 96.

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Tom Hanks on Weinstein, Trump, history, and his just published book

Oct 12 2017: In an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd, Tom Hanks talks about many topics including his just published short story collection, Uncommon Type.

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Publishing tastemakers bet on readers wanting escapism and connection

Oct 12 2017: Escapism and connection–this is what buyers at the Frankfurt Book Fair are betting readers want. Descending on Germany against the backdrop of a tumultuous and disheartening news cycle, the tastemakers in the publishing industry spent big on a handful of women's fiction...

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Follett Settles Counterfeiting Suit with Publishers

Oct 11 2017: A little over three months after it was sued by three major educational publishers charging it with selling counterfeit textbooks, Follett Corp. has agreed to adopt the anti-counterfeiting best practices program developed by a new publishers' group. In exchange for ...

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Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward named MacArthur Fellows

Oct 11 2017: Among the just announced 24 MacArthur Fellows are novelist and critic Viet Thanh Nguyen, and novelist and memoirist Jesmyn Ward. Also honored are playwright Annie Baker, who won the Pulitzer in 2014 for The Flick; New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones (...

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The convoluted world of best-seller lists, explained

Oct 09 2017: Vox explores the mysteries of how books get on to bestseller lists, how the many different lists are formulated, and how the system was gamed by author Lani Sarem for her novel, Handbook for Mortals which rocketed to first place on the NY Times's young adult hardcover ...

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