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June 06, 2015 - 01:39 PM

The rise and rise of Amanda Goreman

On Wednesday, Penguin Random House announced that the hardcover version of Gorman's poem, with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey, enjoyed the highest first-week sales of any poetry book ever published. She is also on the cover of the May edition of Vogue with a very good, in depth article/interview...

A guide to neopronouns

A personal pronoun is a form of speech that stands in for a person or group of people. She is having opinions online; they are fighting in the comments; and, of course, as in the Prince song made famous by Sinead O'Connor, "Nothing Compares 2 U." Nonbinary pronouns, as well — often...

The battle for Tribune: Inside the campaign to find new owners for a legendary group of newspapers

A coalition of wealthy business executives has put together an 11th-hour offer to buy the entire Tribune Publishing chain (including the Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune) that a special committee of the Tribune's board said Monday "would reasonably be expected" to beat out the...

Scholastic halts distribution of book by 'Captain Underpants' author

A children's graphic novel by the creator of the popular "Captain Underpants" series was pulled from circulation last week by its publisher, which said that it "perpetuates passive racism." Scholastic said last week that it had halted distribution of the book, "The...

Houghton Mifflin sells HMH Books & Media to HarperCollins

Learning technology company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to divest HMH Books & Media, its consumer publishing business, to HarperCollins Publishers, a division of News Corp. (NWSA), for a cash purchase price of $349 million. The...

Swiss billionaire joins the bidding for Tribune Publishing

An octogenarian Swiss billionaire who makes his home in Wyoming and has donated hundreds of millions to environmental causes is a surprise new player in the bidding for Tribune Publishing, the major newspaper chain that until recently seemed destined to end up in the hands of a New York hedge...

George R.R. Martin signs five-year, eight-figure deal for more HBO projects

After the huge success of HBO's adaptations of his Game of Thrones books, George RR Martin has signed a deal to develop several television series for the network and its streaming arm, HBO Max. Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the author, who won four Emmys for his work on the adaptations...

Beverly Cleary, beloved children's book author, dies at 104

Children's author Beverly Cleary died Thursday in Carmel, Calif. She was 104 years old. Cleary was the creator of some of the most authentic characters in children's literature — Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse and the irascible Ramona Quimby.

Larry McMurtry, novelist of the American West, dies at 84

Larry McMurtry, a prolific novelist and screenwriter who demythologized the American West with his unromantic depictions of life on the 19th-century frontier and in contemporary small-town Texas, died on Thursday. He was 84. Over more than five decades, Mr. McMurtry wrote more than 30 novels and...

National Book Critics Circle awards announced

The winners of the National Book Critics Circle awards have been announced: Fiction: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. Nonfiction: Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire by Tom Zoellner Biography: Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and...

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