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An interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 05:00
In a wide ranging interview Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about motherhood, #MeToo, and causing controversy

7th member of Nobel Literature awarding body steps down, awarding of prize may be delayed

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 05:00
The Swedish Academy says a seventh board member has decided to step down amid a crisis at the prestigious institution that awards the Nobel Prize in literature. The secretive 18-member body has been roiled by an internal feud triggered by a sex-abuse scandal linked to the husband of one of its female members. That member and five others, including the body's first-ever female leader, stepped down earlier. The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary told Swedish media earlier this week that it may have to postpone handing out this year's Nobel literature prize due to the crisis.

How the author of ?Madeline? created his most famous character

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 05:00
April 27 would have been the 120th birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the Madeline books. While his character's story is charted in 12 books and continues to delight a generation of children (and their parents), his personal history is less well known...

Waterstones sale to investment firm confirmed

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 13:11
As expected in earlier reporting, U.S. investment firm Elliott Advisors has agreed to buy U.K. bookstore chain Waterstones, which operates 283 bookstores in the U.K, with a handful of branches in Ireland, Holland and Belgium. James Daunt, who is credited with having returned the chain to profitability after he joined the company in 2011, will remain as CEO.

Good news for George R. R. Martin fans--new book coming Nov 20. Bad news--it's a prequel, not a sequel #books #GRRM

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 05:00
Good news for George R.R. Martin fans—he has a new book on the way. Bad news for George R.R. Martin fans—it's not his long-awaited fifth sequel to A Game of Thrones.

Fire and Blood will publish on November 20. It is set 300 years before the events of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. The first of two planned volumes, the publisher says it is intended as "the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever." Martin's writing will be accompanied by 75 all-new black and white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley.

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