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February 14, 2021

2021 Booker longlist announced, contains four Americans

The longlist for the Booker Prize has been announced, including four American authors: Nathan Harris, Patricia Lockwood, Richard Powers, and Maggie Shipstead. The prize is worth £50,000 ($68,860). A shortlist of six will be announced on September 14, and the winner will be announced on November 2....

Goodreads' bot problem

Goodreads reviews feel honest until they don't...Weeding through the weekly Top Reviewers, many profiles appear ordinary. The astonishing number of books read and reviewed per week by the Top Reviewers makes it clear that these profiles are not average, albeit avid, readers. To read 400 books...

William F. Nolan (1928-2021)

Author William F. Nolan, 93, died July 15, 2021 in the hospital of complications from an infection. Nolan was best known for the Logan's Run series of science fiction novels, the first of which was adapted into a film and TV series.

Bernette Ford, who made children's books more diverse, dies at 70

Bernette G. Ford, who as an author and editor was a leading advocate of making children's books more diverse and making sure that people of color had opportunities to write and illustrate them, died on June 20 at her home in Brooklyn. She was 70. Ms. Ford, whose résumé included vice...

Publishers could get tariff refund

Though America's trade relationship with China is still being reviewed by the Biden Administration, companies, including publishers, who have been paying higher tariffs on imports from that country received some good news last week in a decision issued by the U.S. Court of International...

Michael Horovitz obituary

The poet and editor Michael Horovitz, who has died aged 86 after a fall, championed poetry as a vital and democratic force that needed liberating from the academic world and the printed page. His quest began in the late 1950s and when the British underground got under way in the mid-60s he was a...

Barack Obama tells librarians their work is "more important than ever"

In his closing talk at the 2021 American Library Association Annual conference on Tuesday, former president Barack Obama praised libraries as "citadels of knowledge and empathy" and said that libraries were "extraordinarily important" in his own life, and to the...

Less than 1% of UK high school students study a book by a writer of color, and only 7% study a book by a woman

Research commissioned by Penguin Random House has revealed only 0.7% of English Literature GCSE students in England study a book by a writer of color while only 7% study a book by a woman. English students generally study for their GCSEs in Years 10 and 11, equivalent to the first two years of...

Obituary: Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor winner and the author more than 100 books for children, died on June 22 at age 86. Her work included the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Several of her novels for older readers...

Bipartisan bills aim to rein in Amazon & other big tech companies

On Friday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced five bills that aim to rein in Big Tech companies--Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. The moves parallel efforts by the European Union to regulate Big Tech more, and seem to be one of the few areas where...