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June 06, 2015

Amanda Gorman to read one of her poems at the presidential inauguration

The incoming Biden administration has chosen Amanda Gorman to read one of her poems at the presidential inauguration. She's an inspired choice for a nation desperate for hope and new energy. In 2017, as a sophomore at Harvard, she was appointed the first National Youth Poet Laureate and...

Publishing industry unites to block Trump administration book deals

Author Barry Lyga has posted an open letter signed by more than 250 authors, agents, booksellers, and publishers supporting their opposition to any publisher signing up President Donald Trump or members of his administration for any further book deals. "Traditionally, members of an outgoing...

Amazon hit with ebook price fixing suit

The law firm that successfully sued Apple and five major publishers for colluding to fix e-book prices in 2011 has now filed a class action suit against Amazon, accusing the company of colluding with the Big Five publishers to restrain price competition in the e-book market. The suit, filed in the...

Ved Mehta, writer who illuminated India, is dead at 86

Ved Mehta, a longtime writer for The New Yorker whose best-known work, spanning a dozen volumes, explored the vast, turbulent history of modern India through the intimate lens of his own autobiography, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 86. The cause was complications of...

Publishers Weekly launches a new U.S. book trade fair for May

Publishers Weekly has announced it will launch a new American publishing trade fair. Named the U.S. Book Show, the debut event will run virtually May 26-28. The intended audience includes booksellers, librarians, publishers and literary agents from across the U.S. and the world. Programming will be...

Costa Book Category Winners

Winners have been named in the five Costa Book Awards categories, celebrating "the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the U.K. and Ireland. Each author receives £5,000 (about $6,760) and is eligible for the £30,000 (about $40,560) Costa Book of the Year prize, which will...

John le Carré dies aged 89

John le Carré, who forged thrillers from equal parts of adventure, moral courage and literary flair, has died aged 89. On Sunday, his family confirmed he had died of pneumonia at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on Saturday night. "We all deeply grieve his passing," they wrote in a...

Just how white Is the book industry?

In an extensive article, the New York Times asks "just how white is the book industry," and then sets out to quantify the answer through an extensive report that will serve as a baseline for future updates... ...First, we gathered a list of English-language fiction books published between...

The story behind 'And the People Stayed Home,' the little poem that became so much more

When she sat down at her computer one morning this spring, Kitty O'Meara didn't intend to write an iconic poem, a children's book or an opera. But in roughly 20 minutes, she did all three. It all began rather innocently on Friday, March 13. "I sat down in my living room with a...

Denver's Tattered Cover sold to investor group

In a move that is being seen as positive, The Tattered Cover, Denver, Colo., one of the best known and most highly regarded independent bookstores in the country, has been sold by Len Vlahos and Kristen Gilligan to a group of investors headed by two local businesspeople with experience with...

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