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Christmas week sales jump 7% over 2016

Jan 02 2018: While holiday unit sales of print books got off to a slow start Thanksgiving weekend, they ended on a strong note. Print unit sales increased 7% in the week ended Dec. 24, 2017, over the comparable week in 2016 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The gain was driven...

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Sue Grafton dies aged 77.

Dec 29 2017: Sue Grafton, author of the alphabetically titled detective series that began in 1982 with "A Is for Alibi," died of cancer on Thursday night in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 77.

With the publication of her latest book in August, Ms. Grafton’s alphabetical series had ...

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Book World, the fourth-largest bookstore chain in the USA, to close.

Dec 28 2017: Book World, the fourth-largest bookstore chain in the USA is closing. Founded in 1976, Book World sold hardcovers, paperbacks and sometimes tobacco in malls, downtowns and vacation areas across the Upper Midwest. It endured recessions, the expansion of superstores like ...

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The pretensions of book thieves...

Dec 28 2017: Electric Lit asks indie bookstores which books are most frequently stolen and why - and finds a link between pretentiousness and book theft. For example, this comment from Lexi Beach, owner of the Astoria bookshop in Queens:

"The conclusion we've come to is that ...

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Golden Globe nominees based on books.

Dec 15 2017: Signature (a Random House website) looks at the many 2018 Golden Globes nominees based on books:

It is officially that time of the year - awards season is upon us. As usual, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has kicked things off with the announcement of the ...

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Merriam-Webster names "feminism" its word of the year.

Dec 12 2017: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism. The word was a top lookup throughout the year, with several spikes that corresponded to various news reports and events.

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Novelist and short story writer John Boyne claims "women are better novelists than men".

Dec 12 2017: In an opinion piece in the Irish Times, John Boyne writes:

So I’m going to make a claim now that will probably get me kicked out of the Fraternity of Underappreciated Male Authors (FUMA) and blacklisted from the annual Christmas football game. Here goes:

I think ...

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Journalist Simeon Booker dies aged 99

Dec 12 2017: The great Simeon Booker, one of the bravest journalists of our time, faced dangers far worse than a petulant president’s social media feed. Booker refused to be cowed--and ultimately helped change the nation. His life’s work should be a lesson to us all about the power ...

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    A Land of Permanent Goodbyes
    by Atia Abawi

    When you're a refugee, everyone has lost, at least for the time being... And the journey ...

  • Book Jacket: Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
    by Mario Giordano
    Munich matron and self-described worldly sophisticate, Isolde Oberreiter, has decided to retire to a...
  • Book Jacket: Eat the Apple
    Eat the Apple
    by Matt Young
    Truth is stranger than fiction. Matt Young's memoir tackles the space in between truth and ...
  • Book Jacket: Educated
    by Tara Westover
    Tara Westover had the kind of upbringing most of us can only imagine. She was the youngest of seven ...

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    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
    by Mario Giordano

    A charming, bighearted novel starring Auntie Poldi, Sicily's newest amateur sleuth.
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    The House of Broken Angels
    by Luis Alberto Urrea

    The definitive Mexican-American immigrant story from an acclaimed storyteller.
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