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John Grisham Shares Writing Tips and Talks Plotting
John Grisham reveals that his new novel is a beach read. One of the characters is a struggling writer. Rare F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts are stolen in the mystery novel.

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Frederick Douglass Statue Unveiled at Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College has unveiled a statue of Frederick Douglass. The statue is the eighth figure on the College's Liberty Walk.

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President Obama Will Have First All Digital Presidential Library in Chicago
Former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama unveiled plans for the presidential library in Chicago. The high tech civic center will be all digital.

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Writers Reach Deal With Studios, Writers Strike Averted
The boards of directors of the WGA West and WGA East voted to approve a new 3 year deal with the studios. Now the membership must vote.

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Negotiations Continue as Writers' Strike Looms
No deal has been reached between the WGA and studios. The WGA has voted to strike if no deal is reached by May 1, 2017.

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Archaeologists Discover Possible Jules Verne Time Capsule
Archaeologists have discovered a possible time capsule that belonged to science fiction writer Jules Verne.

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Trump's Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch Faces Plagiarism Accusations
Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch is facing charges that he plagiarized his book.

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Colum McCann Discusses His New Writing Book With PBS NewsHour
Colum McCann discussed his new writing book with PBS NewsHour. The book is called Letters to a Young Writer.

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Dying Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Writes Essay: 'You May Want to Marry My Hus...
Bestselling children's author Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote a heartbreaking essay for The New York Times entitled You May Want to Marry My Husband.

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White House Bans CNN, LA Times, NY Times and Politico From Press Conference
Journalists were stunned today when Press Secretary Sean Spicer blocked CNN, The NY Times and the LA Times from a news gaggle in his office.

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Salman Rushdie is Writing Novel With Trump-Like Villain
Salman Rushdie's next novel, The Golden House, takes aim at the Trump Administration, the Tea Party and the backlash against political correctness.

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Javaka Steptoe Wins 2017 Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Youn...
Javaka Steptoe has won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Literary Agents Put Out an Open Call for Submissions From Muslim Writers
A group of 60 literary agents has put out a call for submissions from Muslim writers. The call spans all genres.

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New York Times Dumps Comics and Mass Market Paperback Bestseller Lists
Publishers and authors were shocked to learn that the New York Times is dropping a number of its bestseller lists, including comics and mass market paperbacks.

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Kelly Barnhill Wins 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 Newbery Medal for her fantasy novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. She says she was gobsmacked by the win.

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Nonfiction: Two Testimonials Shed Light on Syrian Life and Death
Alia Malek?s ?The Home That Was Our Country? and Wendy Pearlman?s ?We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled? channel voices from Syria?s war zone.
Crime: Grifters, Swindlers and Chumps Headline the Latest in Crime
From contemporary Los Angeles to medieval Venice, bad guys romp in new mysteries from Richard Lange, Ace Atkins, S.D. Sykes and Michael Connelly.
By the Book: Calvin Trillin: By the Book
The humorist, memoirist and journalist likes the way H.L. Mencken expressed himself, for instance in his definition of Puritanism: ?The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.?
Profile: Inside the World of Brad Thor
To build a lasting fan base in the relentless world of espionage thrillers, Brad Thor has cranked out 17 books in 16 years, selling nearly 15 million copies.
Books News: Is Everyone in Politics Writing a Tell-All? Yes
From Hillary Clinton to a White House stenographer, readers will hear almost everyone?s point of view in coming books.
Nonfiction: At a Law Firm that Defended a Child Murderer, an Intern Recalls H...
In ?The Fact of a Body,? Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich recounts how her memories resurfaced when her law firm took on the case of a pedophile.
The Book Review Podcast: Steve Bannon?s Road to the White House
Joshua Green talks about ?Devil?s Bargain?; Laura Dassow Walls discusses her new biography of Thoreau; and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich on ?The Fact of a Body.?
Editors' Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Clancy Sigal, Novelist Whose Life Was a Tale in Itself, Dies at 90
Jailed at 5, blacklisted in Hollywood, the author of ?Going Away? fell in with R.D. Laing and Doris Lessing.
When a Comic Book Hillbilly and Milton Collide
Gary Panter ? known for his punk graphics, the sets of ?Pee-wee?s Playhouse? and Jimbo ? returns to graphic novels with a phantasmagoric take on ?Paradise Regained.?
The Shortlist: Hearty Helpings From Three Culinary Histories
Three explorations of American foodways delve into the cookbooks and culinary preoccupations of the past, with a special emphasis on Southern cuisine.
Paperback Row
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Inside the List: A Crime Writer Finds the ?Perfect Setting? in Amish Country
?Down a Dark Road? is the ninth book in Linda Castillo?s series. ?I love the juxtaposition of such a bucolic setting and the introduction of evil,? she says.
Fiction: Alexandra Fuller?s Novel of Lakota Culture May Stir the Appropriatio...
?Quiet Until the Thaw? follows two reservation boys whose lives become fatefully intertwined.
Egos: New in Memoir: Lessons in Falling in Love, and 2 Accounts of Its Horrors
Three books trace the highs and the (very) lows of love and marriage, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum.


Harry Potter History of Magic Books to Published in Conjunction With Exhibition
Two Harry Potter books about the History of Magic will be published by Bloomsbury in October 2017.

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Donna Brazile to Publish Book About Hacked 2016 Election
Donna Brazile is writing a book called Hacks about the 2016 election and the Russian hack of the DNC.

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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue is Latest Oprah's Book Club Pick
Oprah has selected Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue as her latest Oprah's Book Club selection. This is Imbolo's debut novel.

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Bill Clinton and James Patterson Collaborate on Mystery Novel
Bill Clinton and James Patterson are collaborating on a mystery novel set for publication in June 2018.

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Ted Cruz Says Al Franken's New Book is Full of Covfefe
Senator Ted Cruz has found a new use for Trump's made up word covfefe. He says Al Franken's new book is full of it.

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Amazon Launches Amazon Charts Most Read and Most Sold Lists
Amazon has announced its Amazon Charts bestselling books list. It includes fiction and nonfiction books.

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James Franco to Narrate Stephen King's The Dead Zone Audiobook
James Franco narrates Stephen King's The Dead Zone which is being released as an audiobook for the first time.

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Melania Trump Reads Party Animals at White House Easter Egg Roll
Melania Trump read the Party Animals by Kathie Lee Gifford at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

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Sean Spicer Reads How to Catch the Easter Bunny at White House Easter Egg Roll
Sean Spicer read the book How to Catch the Easter Bunny at the White House Easter Egg Roll

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Professor Allan J. Lichtman Predicts Trump Impeachment in New Book
Professor Allan J. Lichtman thinks Donald Trump will be impeached. He has correctly predict every election since 1984 including Trump's win.

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Ivana Trump to Publish Memoir About Raising Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric Called R...
Ivana Trump's upcoming memoir, Raising Trump, will discuss motherhood and raising Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric.

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Shel Silverstein's Runny Babbit Returns to be Published in September 2017
A never-before-published book of children's poems by Shel Silverstein will be published in September, 2017 by HarperCollins.

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Secretary of State John Kerry to Publish Memoir With Simon & Schuster
Former Secretary of State John Kerry will publish his memoir with Simon & Schuster. A release date has not yet been announced.

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Overdue Library Book Returned 75 Years Later
An overdue library book was returned 75 years later. The book was Val Rides the Oregon Trail.

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Hillary Clinton Signs Book Deal With Simon & Schuster
Hillary Clinton has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster. She will write a book of essays based on quotations that helped her through tough times

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