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Man Booker International prize 2015 goes to László Krasznahorkai

May 19 2015: The Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai (pronounced Laas-lo Krasna-hor-kai) has won the Man Booker International prize for his “achievement in fiction on the world stage”. Chair of judges Marina Warner, the academic and writer, compared Krasznahorkai’s work to Kafka –...

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    Portrait believed to be of Shakespeare found in old botany book

    May 19 2015: Botanist and historian Mark Griffiths believes he has cracked an "ingenious cipher" to identify Shakespeare in an engraving in a 16th-Century botany book. Griffiths made his discovery when he was researching the biography of pioneering botanist John Gerard (1545-1612), ...

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      Little Free Library celebrates 3rd anniversary

      May 13 2015: In just three years the Little Free Library movement has grown from zero to 25,000 locations in 72 countries. More than 40 million books have changed hands through this network due to the efforts of volunteer stewards who install, curate and sustain the book exchanges. ...

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        Children's book illustrator Marcia Brown dies

        May 07 2015: Children's book illustrator Marcia Brown died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, Calif. She was 96.

        One of the country’s most lauded picture-book artists, Ms. Brown illustrated dozens of titles and won the Caldecott Medal three times. For some books, she also ...

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          Two inaugural events for indie bookstores - in USA and Canada

          May 04 2015: Saturday saw two inaugural events for Indie bookstores, one in the USA, the other in Canada. In the USA, Independent Bookstore Day took off with a bang with about 400 indie bookstores across the country taking part (for background to this event see previous news stories...

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            Author Ruth Rendell dies

            May 02 2015: Ruth Rendell, one of Britain's great mystery writers, has died aged 85 after a 50-year career. Author of the Chief Inspector Wexford novels and many standalone novels written under her own name, she also penned many writing as Barbara Vine.

            To quote The Guardian, "...

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              Obama announces major book initiative for low-income students

              May 01 2015: President Obama has announced two initiatives intended to "strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries."

              In the first initiative, major publishers including Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House,...

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                First Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday

                Apr 27 2015: Saturday May 2 marks the first Independent Bookstore Day in the USA. 400 bookstores are taking part in an event that grew out of the successful 2014 California Bookstore Day. There will be 16 exclusive books and original art pieces available. One day only. Info ...

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