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June 06, 2015

Jan Morris, historian, travel writer and trans pioneer, dies aged 94

Jan Morris, the historian and travel writer who evoked time and place with the flair of a novelist, has died aged 94. As a journalist Morris broke monumental news, including Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's ascent of Everest, and the French involvement in the Israeli attack on Egypt in the...

Douglas Stuart's debut novel Shuggie Bain wins Booker Prize

Scottish-American author Douglas Stuart has won the Booker prize for his first novel, Shuggie Bain, a story based on his own life that follows a boy growing up in poverty in 1980s Glasgow with a mother who is battling addiction.

Dan Rather is this year's Indies First spokesperson

Author, journalist and former national evening news anchor Dan Rather is this year's official Indies First spokesperson, the American Booksellers Association announced, noting: "In recent weeks, legendary news anchor Rather has been promoting independent bookstores via his Twitter...

First-day sales of A Promised Land Set Penguin Random House record

Sales of A Promised Land (Crown), the first volume of Barack Obama's presidential memoirs, totaled more than 887,000 in the U.S. and Canada in all formats on Tuesday, November 17, the book's pub date. Penguin Random House said these sales, including preorders, "represent the largest...

National Book Awards announced

The National Book Awards have been announced. See them all at BookBrowse.

Bookstore sales dropped 28% in September

Bookstore sales fell 27.7% in September, dropping to $609 million from $842 million a year ago. For the first nine months of 2020, sales were down 31% compared to 2019.

Barack Obama's 'Promised Land' playlist

To celebrate today's release of his new book, Barack Obama shared his A Promised Land playlist, saying: "Music has always played an important role throughout my life--and that was especially true during my presidency.

News Corp., and Penguin Random House leading bidders for Simon & Schuster

News Corp. (which owns HarperCollins) and Penguin Random House are the leading bidders for Simon & Schuster, according to the New York Times, which cited "three people familiar with the process." S&S was put up for sale in March by ViacomCBS, which characterized the publisher as...

Lockdown named word of the year by Collins Dictionary

Lockdown, the noun that has come to define so many lives across the world in 2020, has been named word of the year by Collins Dictionary with a 6000% increase in usage compared to 2019. Other pandemic-related words such as coronavirus, social distancing, self-isolate and furlough were on the...

Mary Wollstonecraft honored with controversial statue after 200 years

A Sculpture of Mary Wollstonecraft has been made by one of Britain's most important and sometimes controversial artists, Maggi Hambling (and the statue has already raised considerable controversy.) The unveiling on Tuesday follows 10 years of trying to raise the £143,000 required to achieve...

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