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Women's National Book Association awards Second Century Prize to the Little Free Library

Jul 20 2017: As a part of the celebration of its centennial this year, the Women's National Book Association has awarded the WNBA Second Century Prize to the Little Free Library. The award, which carries a $5,000 grant, honors "an organization that supports the power of reading, ...

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A ray of optimism from Washington for library budgets

Jul 19 2017: The budget battle is kicking up again in Washington, but this time with a note of optimism for libraries and library supporters. Last week, a House Appropriations subcommittee voted to recommend level funding for libraries in FY2018, which would mean roughly $231 ...

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Novelist Junot Díaz to publish a picture book

Jul 19 2017: By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won ...

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The Drifter wins International Thriller Writer's First Novel Award

Jul 17 2017: This year's International Thriller Writers' annual awards have been presented to:
Hardcover: Before the Fall, Noah Hawley
First Novel: The Drifter, Nicholas Petrie
Paperback Original: The Body Reader, Anne Frasier
eBook Original: Romeo's Way, James Scott Bell

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'The Beatles Yellow Submarine' Comic Book to Mark 50th Anniversary

Jul 13 2017: For the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, the Apple Corporation is authorizing a comic book adaptation of the classic film with Titan Comics. The book is slated for release in 2018.

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Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident who won Nobel Peace Prize while in jail dies aged 61

Jul 13 2017: Liu Xiaobo, the renegade Chinese intellectual who kept vigil at Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoted a pro-democracy charter that brought him a lengthy prison sentence and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while locked away,...

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Bertelsmann ups PRH stake to 75%

Jul 11 2017: In a move that had been expected, Bertelsmann has increased its stake in Penguin Random House. After the deal is completed in September, Bertelsmann will have a 75% share of PRH with Pearson controlling the remaining 25%.

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Spencer Johnson, author of "Who Moved My Cheese" and "The One-Minute Manager", dies aged 78

Jul 10 2017: Spencer Johnson, a onetime physician and children’s book author, whose best-selling books on business management, including "The One-Minute Manager" and "Who Moved My Cheese?," sold millions of copies and inspired a cult-like following, died July 3 at a hospital in ...

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