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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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A French Translator Describes the Difficulty of Translating President Trump
French translator Berengere Viennot explains why translating President Donald Trump's speeches into French is so difficult.

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Merriam-Webster Calls Out Kellyanne Conway for 'Alternative Facts'
Merriam-Webster lectured Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway on what facts are in a tweet today. Conway advocated the use of alternative facts, which are actually falsehoods.

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Summer Pages: Books to Breeze Through This Summer
It?s a weird new world for readers, and here is a list for navigating it: 16 books to look out for, in no particular order.
Summer Pages: Summer Reading Recommendations, From 6 Novelists Who Own Bookst...
Here?s what Emma Straub, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Lethem, Louise Erdrich, Judy Blume and Jeff Kinney are reading and recommending to bookstore customers.
Summer Pages: A Novelist?s Meditation on Loss and Identity
In ?What We Lose,? Zinzi Clemmons explores the aftermath of a mother?s death.
Summer Pages: ?Chemistry? Is an Anti-Coming-of-Age Story
Weike Wang drew on her experience at a Harvard lab to write her debut novel.
Summer Pages: An African Novelist Poised for Recognition in the U.S.
Alain Mabanckou?s latest novel, ?Black Moses,? captures life in his homeland, the Congo Republic.
Summer Pages: Neanderthals: They?re Just Like Us
Claire Cameron?s new novel, ?The Last Neanderthal,? imagines the life of a Cro-Magnon girl struggling to survive some 40,000 years ago.
Books of The Times: ?Aliens? Asks: If the Universe Is So Vast, Where Is Every...
In this eccentric collection of essays, edited by the theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, scientists consider our search for extraterrestrial life.
Books of The Times: Grayson Perry?s ?The Descent of Man?: Deconstructing the ...
Perry?s book has its own failure built into it. The men who need it most are unlikely to take advice from him.
Fiction: A Smart, Heartbreaking Novel at the Crossroads of Performance and Art
A nakedly autobiographical meditation on art, Barbara Browning?s ?The Gift? both mentions and belongs to the recent crop of autofiction.
War Stories: New and Noteworthy Books on Military History, from Afghanistan t...
Thomas E. Ricks reports on the hubris and sorrow of war, from ancient Greece to Afghanistan.
Nonfiction: The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals
In ?The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,? Jack E. Davis explores the damage done by a tragic human belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature.
Fiction: Bringing One of Burma?s Lost Histories to Life
Charmaine Craig draws on family history in her novel about modern Burma?s power struggles.
Fiction: A Cambodian Refugee Returns Home, to a Landscape Brutally Changed
Vaddey Ratner?s novel ?Music of the Ghosts? follows a Cambodian refugee?s return to her homeland, searching for news of her long-lost father.
The Shortlist: Missing Persons
Where did they go? The plots of four new novels hinge on missing persons, past and present, accidentally lost or deliberately AWOL.
Fiction: Debut Stories Blend Beastly Transformations With Teenage Turmoil
In Daisy Johnson?s story collection, ?Fen,? teenage torment plays out in a shape-shifting world.


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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Oprah Winfrey Talks New Cookbook With Stephen Colbert
Oprah Winfrey talks about her new food memoir and cookbook with Stephen Colbert. She also shows him how to make anything sound fabulous.

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2016 Costa Book Awards Category Winners Announced
The category winners of the 2016 Costa Book Awards have been announced.

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Donald Trump Blasts CNN For Using Unflattering Photo for Election Book Cover
President Elect Donald Trump is unhappy that CNN used an unflattering portrait of him for the cover of its new book, Unprecedented, which tells the story of his poltiical victory.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Inks $250,000 Book Deal With Simon & Schuster
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos just landed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster. He says being banned from Twitter helped him land the gig.

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Oprah Winfrey's New Book Imprint Will Publish The Black Angels: The Untold St...
Oprah Winfrey's new book imprint, An Oprah Book, will publish The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis in 2018

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Wesley Snipes Inks Deal With Harper Voyager for Supernatural Thriller Talon o...
Action star Wesley Snipes has inked a deal with Harper Voyager who will publish his first sf thriller Talon of God. The book has a female action hero.

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