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Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass dies aged 87

Apr 13 2015: The writer Günter Grass, who broke the silences of the past for a generation of Germans, has died in hospital in Lübeck at the age of 87.

German president Joachim Gauck led the tributes, offering his condolences to the writer’s widow Ute Grass. “Günter Grass moved, ...

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    Ivan Doig dies aged 75

    Apr 10 2015: National Book Award winner for This House of Sky (memoir) and author of 13 novels, Ivan Doig died yesterday aged 75, of multiple myeloma. During the eight years of his illness, he wrote four novels - the last,Last Bus to Wisdom, will be published in August.

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      Amazon threatens to drop HarperCollins

      Apr 09 2015: HarperCollins is "preparing to return" to an agency model for all e-book sales from April 14 which requires retailers to sell at prices set by the publisher.

      Last week, Business Insider, which is partly owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, said that the current contract ...

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        The Literary Hub

        Apr 08 2015: There's a new website in town - The Literary Hub, created by Grove Atlantic Publishing and book site Electric Literature, in partnership with hundreds of publishers, booksellers and magazines. The aim being to 'celebrate the vitality of bricks-and-mortar bookstores'. ...

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          Atticus Lish Wins the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

          Apr 07 2015: Atticus Lish won the $15,000 PEN/Faulkner Award on Tuesday for his debut novel, Preparation for the Next Life. In a statement released Tuesday morning, the judges praised Lish’s novel as a work of fiction that “scours and illuminates the vast, traumatized America that ...

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            Magazine reviews still dominated by male authors & critics

            Apr 07 2015: The continuing bias towards men in the British and American literary establishment has been confirmed by a study released on Tuesday. Vida, a US organization championing women in literature, examined a wide range of publications from both sides of the Atlantic, ...

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              B&N to place Indie bookstore kiosks in some stores

              Apr 01 2015: Barnes & Noble is piloting a program to place IndieBound kiosks (to be known as Crannies) in some stores. Nearby independent booksellers will visit weekly and adjust inventory on an as-needed basis. The kiosks will also have a touch screen allowing users to explore ...

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                Obama appoints book industry philanthropist James Patterson as Book Czar

                Apr 01 2015: President Barack Obama has appointed bestselling author and noted book industry philanthropist James Patterson to coordinate the administration's support of independent bookstores nationwide, a White House official confirmed Monday. The new "Book Czar" will report ...

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