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Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, has won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel.

The May 2015 Author Earnings Report. Of course it’s open to interpretation.

Is this really a thing? Should we ban men from literary readings? Or ban questions altogether?

Neil Gaiman and others stepped in to replace writers boycotting the Charlie Hebdo PEN award. And the show went on.

Alice Notley has won the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement.

So far, Amazon is ahead in the ebook subscription race.

A cache of previously unknown Mark Twain stories has been discovered in San Francisco. Like “a big box of candy.” Hold the presses! Turns out this isn’t really a story after all. But we’ll leave it up anyway, because, you know, drama and stuff.

Once again Obama visits a bookstore with his daughters. Why didn’t the other 43 presidents think of this? Also, his favorite books growing up.

We lost Michael Blake, author of Dances With Wolves.

Last week we told you the White House is arranging for $250M worth of ebooks to be donated to low-income students. Now we’re told free ebooks don’t help poor kids.

Is PayPal considering ebook distribution?

McSweeney’s aims to raise $150,000 via Kickstarter, to fund various ventures before turning nonprofit. The campaign lasts until June 5.

Green Eggs and Ham is coming to television, in thirteen parts. We’re tempted to say, “We will not watch it, Sam-I-Am,” but Ellen’s involved, so who knows, it might be good.

Is short the new black? Like it or not, yes: the trend is undeniable.

Finally, beach libraries. Just as it sounds.


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