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June 06, 2015

Sean Hannity removes 'gobbledygook' Latin motto from book cover

The Latin motto on Fox News anchor Sean Hannity's new book has been changed after the original was described as "complete and utter gobbledygook" by a classics student. Hannity's Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink, which argues "now is an All Hands on...

Pete Hamill, journalist and author dies at 85

Pete Hamill, a high school dropout who turned a gift for storytelling, a fascination with characters and a romance with tabloid newspapers into a storied career as a New York journalist, novelist and essayist for more than a half century, died on Wednesday in Brooklyn. He was 85. The writer Denis...

O, The Oprah Magazine ends regular print editions in favor of greater digital presence

In a July 29 statement Hearst announced that the last regular edition of "O, The Oprah Magazine" would be December. Instead it will focus on OprahMag.com which launched in 2018. According to Kristen O'Hara, chief business officer of Hearst Magazines, "there will be a print...

Book sales in France up 29% year on year since lockdown eased

Sales by French independent booksellers rose by 29% year on year between May 12--the day after France began its gradual easing of the lockdown--and July 12, according to the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française). Vincent Montagne, president of the French Publishers...

The 2020 Booker Prize longlist announced

The longlist (known as 'The Booker Dozen') for The 2020 Booker Prize is announced today. The list was chosen from 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between October 2019 and September 2020. The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and...

Four-year-old lands book deal for his 'astonishing' poetry

Keats's first book of poetry was published when he was 21; Mary Shelley was 18 when she started writing Frankenstein. But both of their youthful achievements are dwarfed by the newest star in the UK's poetry firmament: four-year-old Nadim Shamma-Sourgen, who has just landed a book...

Bookstore sales fell 60% in May

In the third month of data reflecting public health measures taken to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, including the closure of many stores, sales at bookstores in May dropped 59.9%, to $271 million, compared to May 2019, according to preliminary Census Bureau estimates. In the first five months of the...

Library supporters urge action on bill to provide relief funding for public libraries

With three weeks before Congress breaks for its scheduled August recess, library supporters are ramping up their efforts to ensure that public libraries are included in a second round of coronavirus relief, urging librarians and library users to go to bat for the recently introduced Library...

Obituary: Joanna Cole, author of The Magic School Bus

Prolific, award-winning children's book author Joanna Cole, widely recognized for her nonfiction, and especially for being the creator of Ms. Frizzle, the intrepid and enthusiastic captain of the wildly popular Magic School Bus series, died on July 12 of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Sioux...

Colson Whitehead awarded 2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced on Monday that Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

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