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Ali Smith Wins Baileys Prize, and Other News

Ali Smith Wins Baileys Prize, and Other News

Ursula K. Le Guin unloads on Amazon, a teacher is fired for reading a poem, and the world’s first $9 computer.
Shakespeare's Likeness Revealed, and Other News

Shakespeare’s Likeness Revealed, and Other News

Has Shakespeare’s true likeness been revealed at last?
Week Ending 15 May (In Case You Missed It)

Week Ending 15 May (In Case You Missed It)

Hachette revenues are down 12.3% in the first quarter. Is it because of the agency model?
Mandel and Notley Win Prizes, and Other News

Mandel and Notley Win Prizes, and Other News

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, has won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel.
King Wins Best Novel Edgar, And Other News

King Wins Best Novel Edgar, And Other News

Stephen King wins the best novel Edgar with Mr. Mercedes, about a sicko who intentionally runs people over with his car.
More Contests, Less Prize Money. And Other News.

More Contests, Less Prize Money. And Other News.

The number of writing contests is increasing, as is the average entry fee, yet the total prize money is decreasing.
Günter Grass Has Died, and Other News

Günter Grass Has Died, and Other News

Nobel Laureate Günter Grass has died. Also, a new Shakespeare play has been verified. And more stuff.
AWP 2015 is Underway! And Other News

AWP 2015 is Underway! And Other News

Our own Camille Griep is wandering the venues, connecting with people and collecting swag.
Is Another War Brewing With Amazon? And Other News

Is Another War Brewing With Amazon? And Other News

Is another war brewing with Amazon? HarperCollins is refusing to sign the new boilerplate contract.
Online Book Shopping Overtakes In-Store Shopping, and Other News

Online Book Shopping Overtakes In-Store Shopping, and Other News

Online book shopping overtook in-store shopping in 2014. That’s a significant (if quietly passed) milestone.
We Lost Terry Pratchett, and Other News

We Lost Terry Pratchett, and Other News

Terry Pratchett has died at age 66 of complications from Alzheimer's.
Elizabeth McCracken Wins The Story Prize. And Other News

Elizabeth McCracken Wins The Story Prize. And Other News

Elizabeth McCracken won The Story Prize for her collection Thunderstruck. Also, the LA Times book prize finalists have been announced.
A New Sherlock Holmes Story! (Or Is It?) And Other News

A New Sherlock Holmes Story! (Or Is It?) And Other News

A previously unknown Sherlock Holmes story has been discovered in an attic. Some don’t believe Conan Doyle wrote it.
I Will Read It! With a Goat! And Other News

I Will Read It! With a Goat! And Other News

The latest Dr. Seuss manuscript, What Pet Should I Get?, was found in a box. (Feel free to finish this one.)
Armageddon is Upon Us, and Other News

Armageddon is Upon Us, and Other News

According to the NEA, only 54% of surveyed Americans read a book last year. Fiction is declining. Poetry fell from 12% to 6.7%. This and other gloomy news inside. If you have the stomach for it.
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