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ALA Awards Winners include Hello, Universe (Newbery); The Hate You Give and Vincent & Theo

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:00
The American Library Association presented their annual book awards today.

The Newbery medal went to Erin Entrada Kelly for Hello, Universe (Greenwillow Books) and the Caldecott Medal to Matthew Cordell for Wolf in the Snow (Feiwel & Friends).

Nina Lacour won the Michael L. Printz Award for We Are Okay (Dutton Children's), and Angela Johnson won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." The William C. Morris YA Debut award went to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray), which also won the Odyssey audiobook award. Deborah Heiligman's Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers (Henry Holt) won the Excellence in Nonfiction award, while Larry Dane Brimner won the Sibert Medal for distinguished informational book for the Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 (Calkins Creek).

Jacqueline Woodson received the Wilder Award, honoring an author or illustrator whose books have "made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."

Renee Watson received The Coretta Scott King award for Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury Children's), and Eloise Greenfield received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Mansplain and helicopter-parent among 1,100 new words added to Oxford English Dictionary

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 09:54
More than 1,100 new words were included in the latest update to the Oxford English Dictionary's online edition, with more than 100 of them relating to parenting.

"Mansplain" also enters the dictionary for the first time. According to the OED, just 10 years ago the word did not exist, "but the verb (of a man: to explain something needlessly, overbearingly, or condescendingly, especially to a woman, in a manner thought to reveal a patronising or chauvinistic attitude) and the concept it describes now have a firm foothold in the language".

Missing Hong Kong Bookseller/Publisher Wins Prix Voltaire

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:31
Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong bookseller and publisher who has twice been seized by Chinese authorities--most recently on January 20--is being awarded the International Publishers Association's Prix Voltaire for "his bravery in continuing to publish despite the risks involved."

National Book Foundation adds book award for translated literature

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:30
The National Book Foundation today announced it will present the National Book Award for Translated Literature, beginning this year at the 69th National Book Awards in November. This prize, which represents a fifth National Book Award category, will honor a work of fiction or nonfiction that has been translated into English and published in the U.S.

Helen Dunmore wins Costa book of the year for Inside the Wave

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:13
The poet and author Helen Dunmore, who died in June 2017, has been awarded the Costa book of the year for her final poetry collection, Inside the Wave.

Dunmore, who died last year aged 64, is only the second posthumous winner of the book of the year category in the prize's history, after her fellow poet Ted Hughes won for Birthday Letters in 1998, and only the eighth poetry collection to take the top award.

Inside the Wave considers her terminal cancer diagnosis and impending death.

Fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin dies at home.

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:46
Fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin died at home in Oregan, aged 88. A prodigious author, her career spanned more than half a century. She won numerous awards including the Nebula and Hugo science fiction and fantasy awards, the Newbery Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American letters. In 2000 the US Library of Congress designated her a Living Legend for her contribution to America's cultural heritage.

Jenny Joseph: 'I shall wear purple' poet dies aged 85

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:29
Jenny Joseph, whose poem "Warning" was twice voted Britain's favorite poem, has died at the age of 85.

It is perhaps best known for its opening lines: "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple / With a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me."

Despite it being about old age, Joseph was in her 20s when she wrote it.

Peter Mayle, author of 'A Year in Provence,' dies aged 78

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:17
Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence and other books including a series of crime novels, died on Thursday at a hospital near his home in Southern France.

"Fire and Fury" sells 192,000 copies in its first full week on sale.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:00
Henry Holt's efforts to rush more copies of Fire and Fury to stores appears to have partly met demand for the book. According to NPD BookScan, which tracks 80% to 85% of print sales, Michael Wolff's tell-all book about the Trump White House sold 191,838 copies in its first full week on sale - the week ended January 14. This made it the biggest selling title of the week by a wide margin.

Despite this, Holt still has a long way to go to meet demand for the book which received 1.4 million orders last week.

PBS announces new show, The Great American Read, launching in May

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00
Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, Lauren Graham John Irving, Bill T. Jones, Devon Kennard, Gayle King, Diane Lane, George R. R. Martin, Lesley Stahl and Many more will lend their voices to PBS' "The Great American Read."

The Great American Read, a new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign created in partnership with the production company Nutopia, aims to explore the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved novels, as voted on by the public. PBS will also partner with top literary organizations and its nearly 350 member stations nationwide to extend the reach of The Great American Read to every community.

The Show will launch with a two-hour special event on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

PEN America to honor Stephen King with Literary Service Award

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00
PEN America is honoring Stephen King with its Literary Service Award at its annual literary gala in New York City on May 22. The award is given to "a critically-acclaimed writer whose body of work helps us understand and interpret the human condition, engendering empathy and imagination in even the darkest hours."

PEN America has also named as its annual Publisher Honoree Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster. The organization said that "under her leadership, Simon & Schuster has published many acclaimed and award-winning works of lasting cultural significance, has greatly expanded its publishing activities in international territories, and has been an industry leader in finding new audiences through digital capabilities.

Margaret Atwood faces feminist backlash on social media over #MeToo

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:00
Canadian author Margaret Atwood is facing a social media backlash after voicing concerns about the #MeToo movement and calling for due process in the case of a former university professor accused of sexual misconduct.

Margaret Atwood faces feminist backlash on social media over #MeToo

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:00
Canadian author Margaret Atwood is facing a social media backlash after voicing concerns about the #MeToo movement and calling for due process in the case of a former university professor accused of sexual misconduct.

Author of "Hillbilly Elegy" considering running for Senate.

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:41
J.D. Vance, who gained national recognition for his 2016 book, "Hillbilly Elegy," is seriously considering running in Ohio's key senate race, an adviser to Vance told CNN on Wednesday. This comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke with Vance about his run, according to sources with knowledge of the call, offering the author advice on what he could expect from a potential bid.

Vending machines that dispense short stories rather than snacks

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:03
While many have lamented the lost art of reading in our social media-driven world, few have actually tried to do anything about it. Short Édition is the exception. In 2011, the Grenoble, France-based startup began installing short story-dispensing vending machines in some of the country's most popular public spaces, beginning with Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport. And now they've made their way to America.

Fire & Fury sells out as publisher Holt re-orders as fast as possible. Two more Trump books publishing next week

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 05:00
Intense demand for Fire & Fury has caught its publisher, Henry Holt, off guard as the Macmillan imprint scrambles to get copies into the marketplace.

Gauging a book's traction in the marketplace and setting its print run is, arguably, one of the trickiest aspects of the publishing process. And Holt, in this instance, underestimated demand significantly.

Although Holt is reordering as fast as it can the worry is that it may lose sales because of the current unavailability of the book. Competition is also coming. Two other books are due to publish next week--David Cay Johnston's It's Even Worse Than You Think (Simon & Schuster) and David Frum's Trumpocracy (HarperCollins)--are set to hit stores on January 16.

Before Sue Grafton was a star...

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 23:26
The New York Times offers inspiration to many authors, with a short article pointing out that crime novelist Sue Grafton (who died in late December) did not break into the bestseller lists until her sixth book, "F is For Fugitive" cracked the paperback bestseller list in 1990. After that she went from strength to strength with 10 of the books, starting with "L is For Lawless" debuting at No. 1.

Pre-Orders for Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury: Inside the White House' skyrocket

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:42
The new year has already proven unpleasant for President Trump, who has been shaken by a forthcoming tell-all about his White House. Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the White House", which is slated to be released by Holt next week, has shot up the charts on Amazon and driven the President to take to Twitter with angry pronouncements about former members of his inner circle.

Jacqueline Woodson named National Ambassador for Young People?s Literature

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:40
On Thursday, Jacqueline Woodson was named as the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a position that was created in 2008 by the Library of Congress, the Children's Book Council and the literacy charity Every Child a Reader.

Fred Bass, Who Made the Strand Bookstore a Mecca, Dies at 89

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:39
Fred Bass, who transformed his father's small used-book store, the Strand, into a mammoth Manhattan emporium with the slogan "18 Miles of Books," died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89.

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