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Fire destroys millions of books at major Russian state library

Feb 02 2015: A major fire that threatened to consume one of Russia's most important libraries was finally put out late Saturday, but scholars are only beginning to assess the damage from the flames, smoke and water. The fire broke out at the Institute of Scientific Information on ...

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    Newbery & Caldecott Awards announced

    Feb 02 2015: The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards today. The Newbery medal went to The Crossover, a novel in verse by Kwame Alexander (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and the Caldecott was awarded to The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, ...

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      Thorn Birds author, Colleen McCullough, dies aged 77

      Jan 29 2015: Colleen McCullough, author of twenty-five books including The Thorn Birds has died in a hospital on Norfolk Island aged 77. Norfolk Island, population ~2000, is a self-governing territory of Australia located between Australia and New Zealand.

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        2014 Costa Book of the Year Announced

        Jan 27 2015: Helen Macdonald's memoir H Is For Hawk has been named Costa Book of the Year.

        The book is the author's personal account of training a goshawk as a way of dealing with grief following her father's death.

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          First National Readathon Day raises $50,000 from nearly 200 participating bookstores, libraries, schools etc.

          Jan 26 2015: The first National Readathon Day, held in the USA on Saturday, drew crowds to stores that had events highlighting the occasion. Book lovers were asked to pledge to read for four hours starting at noon in their respective time zones--nearly 200 bookstores, libraries, ...

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            First National Readathon Day this Saturday - like a walk-a-thon except you read!

            Jan 20 2015: Saturday, 24th Jan is the first National Readathon Day. NRD is a nation-wide marathon reading session from Noon to 4pm (in respective time zones).

            You can share your love of books and support programs that promote reading by pledging to read and fund-raise for the ...

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              6 of the 8 Oscar best picture nominations are based on books including Birdman, Grand Budapest, Imitation Game and Theory of Everything

              Jan 16 2015: Six of the eight best picture nominations for this year's Academy Awards, which will be presented February 22, are based on books or are book-related; and there are number of other nominations for movies based on books. The information below is summarized from Shelf ...

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                Kate DiCamillo to be the first National Summer Reading Champion

                Jan 14 2015: Kate DiCamillo, the Library of Congress Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and author of more than a dozen books, is to be the first National Summer Reading Champion, working with the nonprofit Collaborative Summer Library Program.

                DiCamillo will appear in a ...

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