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June 06, 2015

Major public library system will boycott Macmillan e-books

King County (WA) Library System, the nation's top digital-circulating library has said it will stop buying new release Macmillan e-books once the publishers' two-month embargo begins next month. In her note, executive director Lisa Rosenblum said King County's decision was ultimately...

Dav Pilkey credits his ADHD for his massive success. Now he wants kids to find their own 'superpower'

By any measure in publishing, cartoonist Dav Pilkey is a rock star. The children's author created his characters Captain Underpants (a superhero for grade-schoolers) and Dog Man (a hound-supercop) while an Ohio second-grader, sitting alone in the hall during class as a result of his ADHD. Now...

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker prize 2019

The judges of this year's Booker prize have "explicitly flouted" the rules of the august literary award to choose the first joint winners in almost 30 years: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo. The chair of judges, Peter Florence, emerged after more than five hours with the jury...

Harold Bloom, author and literary critic, dies at age 89

Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal The Anxiety of Influence and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89.

A Latina novelist spoke about white privilege. Students burned her book in response

In response to Jennine Capó Crucet's talk on the Statesboro, Ga., campus Wednesday, where she focused her discussion on white privilege, students gathered at a grill and torched her novel "Make Your Home Among Strangers" — about a first-generation Cuban American woman struggling to...

The Swedish Academy took a year off to fix the Nobel Prize in literature. It's still broken.

Yesterday, The Nobel committee announced the winners of both the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature. The 2018 prize having been canceled last year due to controversy. Over to Ron Charles at The Washington Post to explain: ...Two years ago, the husband of one of the academy's members was...

Peter Handke and Olga Tokarczuk win 2018 and 2019 Nobel Literature Prize

The Swedish Academy announced this morning two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature: Peter Handke, the Austrian author, playwright and translator, wins the 2019 prize, and Olga Tokarczuk, the Polish novelist and poet, wins the 2018 prize, which was not bestowed last year because of a scandal...

2019 National Book Award finalists announced

The twenty-five Finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People's Literature (YPL) were announced today. The five Finalists in each category were selected by a distinguished panel of literary experts, and were advanced from...

The global war on books, redux

The New York Times has just published a powerful article on how governments across the globe are spending a remarkable amount of resources attacking books. Because this is an important article and many BookBrowse readers may be blocked from reading the full piece by the newspaper's paywall,...

Penguin Random House releases free The Whistle-Blower Complaint audiobook

Penguin Random House Audio has released a free, 30-minute audio reading of The Whistle-Blower Complaint. It was recorded by Saskia Maarleveld, a professional audiobook narrator.

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