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Hungarian László Krasznahorkai has won the 2015 Man Booker International prize for his body of work translated into English.

The closure of the MFA program at City University of Hong Kong is apparently retribution for exercising free speech.

Library Extension turns Amazon into a branch of your local library.

Maybe it’s mostly about groceries for the time being, but any challenge to Amazon concerns the book trade. Good luck, Wal-Mart.

A magazine only women are allowed to write for: Mary Review has already exceeded its $20,000 Kickstarter goal with three weeks left in the campaign.


new shakespeare

Has Shakespeare’s true likeness been revealed at last?

Will the Author Solutions case go class action? From your pixels to God’s ears.

Franz Wright has died. He was a Pulitzer-winning poet, and the son of a Pulitzer-winning poet. We also lost William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well.

Vanessa Place was removed from the AWP conference committee for perceived racial insensitivity. The perception appears to have merit, but Place is nothing if not avant-garde.

Finalists have been chosen for the 2015 Christine Eldin Memorial Fellowship.

The Obama presidential library will be established on Chicago’s South Side, where it belongs.

Did you know? Mark Twain and Helen Keller were good buddies.

Buenos Aires has more books per capita than any other city in the world. So what’s your problem, Peoria?



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