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February 14, 2021

Hilary Mantel, prize-winning Author of Historical Fiction, Dies at 70

The Booker prize-winning author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, Dame Hilary Mantel, has died aged 70 of a stroke, her publisher HarperCollins has confirmed. Mantel was regarded as one of the greatest English-language novelists of this century, winning the Booker Prize twice, for Wolf Hall and its sequel,...

How to beat a book ban: students, parents and librarians fight back

The censorship of books in the US has reached crisis level. More than 2,500 different book bans were enacted in schools across 32 US states during the 2021-2022 school year, according to a new report by Pen America. And attempts to ban books from libraries are on track to exceed 2021's already...

Longest single-volume book in the world goes on sale – and is impossible to read

A limited edition single volume of the long-running manga One Piece is being billed as the longest book in existence. At 21,450 pages, it is physically impossible to read, making it less of a book and more of a sculpture. Priced at €1,900 (£1,640), the book isn't credited to Eiichiro Oda, the...

On eve of Banned Books Week 2022, ALA says challenges are rising

This year's Banned Books Week, the American Library Association's annual celebration of the freedom to read, is set to run from September 18-24 under the theme "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." And there is no question that it comes at a critical time. In a release today,...

Spanish novelist Javier Marías dies in Madrid hospital aged 70

The Spanish novelist Javier Marías, author of All Souls, A Heart so White, and the epic, three-part Your Face Tomorrow – and a writer regularly touted as a candidate for the Nobel prize for literature – has died of pneumonia in hospital in Madrid at the age of 70.

Barbara Ehrenreich, explorer of prosperity's dark side, dies at 81

Barbara Ehrenreich, the journalist, activist and author, died at 81 on Thursday at a hospice facility in Alexandria, Va., where she also had a home. Her daughter, Rosa Brooks, said the cause was a stroke. She was the author of more than 20 books including Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in...

Booker shortlist and Giller longlist announced

The six-title shortlist for the 2022 Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced, as has the 14-title long-list for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, which "highlights the very best of Canadian fiction."

Literary agent, Sterling Lord, who discovered Jack Kerouac dies aged 102

Sterling Lord, who for more than 60 years was one of New York's most successful and durable literary agents, died September 3. He was 102. The New York Times reported that although the list of well-known writers he represented is long, "his success began with an unknown named Jack Kerouac...

When is a bestseller not necessarily a bestseller?

Writing for the BBC, Carolyn Atkinson explores the murky waters of the the UK bestseller lists: Authors and publishers all want to sell enough books to have a bestseller. But is a bestseller always actually a bestseller? Not necessarily if a publisher has paid to get on a shop's bestselling...

I was onstage with Salman Rushdie that day, and what I saw was remarkable

An essay by Henry Reese, co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which hosts persecuted and exiled writers: Violence against writers was the topic I was about to interview the novelist Salman Rushdie about at the Chautauqua Institution on Aug. 12. We were being introduced onstage when out of...