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June 06, 2015 - 01:39 PM

Kalani Pickhart's debut set in Ukraine wins Young Lions Fiction Award

Kalani Pickhart's debut novel about Ukraine, I Will Die in a Foreign Land, won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library. This $10,000 prize is conferred on the best novel or collection of short stories by a writer age 35 or younger.

Lawyers say 'defective' Virginia obscenity claims should be tossed

A pair of closely watched lawsuits in Virginia are now in the hands of a state judge after lawyers for two authors and publishers accused of violating an obscure state obscenity law asked the court to throw the cases out. First filed in May by lawyer and Republican Virginia assembly delegate Tim...

The daughters of Paul Rusesabagina (whose story was told in "Hotel Rwanda") plead for their father's release

Paul Rusesabagina's story was brought to the world through the book and movie, Hotel Rwanda. Despite being a Belgian citizen and a US permanent resident, he was kidnapped two years ago and is currently serving a 25-year sentence in Rwanda. According to many organizations and individuals, his...

LGBTQ Fiction Sales Surge in the U.S.

According to a new report from NPD BookScan, print book sales of LGBTQ fiction are surging in the U.S. across the adult, children's, and YA categories. In 2021, sales of LGBTQ fiction reached 5 million units, doubling 2020 sales. Strong growth has continued in 2022, with LGBTQ fiction sales up...

George Lamming obituary

The six novels and the collections of essays by George Lamming, who has died aged 94, did much to shape Caribbean literary culture. He also contributed to it as an educator and activist intellectual, mentoring a host of young writers and scholars in the Caribbean and beyond. His first and most...

Ruth Ozeki wins Women's Prize for Fiction

Ruth Ozeki's fourth novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, has won the Women's Prize for Fiction. The novelist, film-maker and Zen Buddhist priest takes the £30,000 award for a book that "stood out for its sparkling writing, warmth, intelligence, humour and poignancy", according...

Future Library opens secret archive of unseen texts in Oslo

Last Sunday the Future Library, a project dreamed up by the Scottish artist Katie Paterson, was opened to the public in Oslo. After eight years, manuscripts penned by some of the world's most famous living authors were delivered to "The silent room" on the top floor of the Deichman...

A.B. Yehoshua, Israeli literary giant and ardent humanist, dies aged 85

A.B. Yehoshua, a fiery humanist, towering author, and staunch advocate of Zionism as the sole answer for the Jewish condition, died Tuesday. He was 85 years old. A writer, essayist, and playwright, Yehoshua was the recipient of Israel's top cultural award, the Israel Prize, in 1995, along with...

Costa Book Awards scrapped suddenly after 50 years

The Costa Book Awards have been abruptly scrapped. The coffee shop chain has said the 2021 awards, which were announced in February this year, were the last. 1971 marked the first year of the awards, which were sponsored by the Whitbread company (a brewery and owner of restaurant chains). and...

Audiobook growth continues

For a 10th straight year, the Audio Publishers Association's annual sales survey has revealed a double-digit increase in audiobook sales. The 28 member companies reporting to the APA had revenue gains of 25% in 2021 bringing the estimated industry total to $1.6 billion in sales last year. This...

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