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  • George Saunders wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize

    George Saunders wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize

    Writer George Saunders was awarded the Man Booker Prize for fiction in London on Tuesday for his novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln in a graveyard mourning the death of his son, surrounded by ghosts. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall presented the award...

  • George Saunders is bookmaker's favorite to win the Man Booker Prize

    George Saunders is bookmaker's favorite to win the Man Booker Prize

    The winner of the Man Booker Prize, one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, will be announced Tuesday afternoon, and American author George Saunders is the odds-on favorite to take it home. The Guardian reports that Saunders’ “Lincoln in the Bardo,” a novel about Abraham Lincoln mourning...

  • School district pulled 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from shelves because it 'makes people uncomfortable'

    School district pulled 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from shelves because it 'makes people uncomfortable'

    The Biloxi, Miss., school district has pulled Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" from its curriculum because it "makes people uncomfortable," the Biloxi Sun Herald reports. A member of the school board told the newspaper that the decision was made last week, and was not voted on...

  • The scary delights of Richard Matheson

    The scary delights of Richard Matheson

    Going as far back as the ’60s, many of my most indelible schoolyard memories concern the breathless, morning-after enthusiasms my friends and I exchanged over “Twilight Zone” episodes, such as “Death Ship,” “Third From the Sun” or “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” (“and when they landed the plane, and...

  • Marc Maron's taking risks to get the story

    Marc Maron's taking risks to get the story

    Asking someone how they do what they do is standard for an interview show, but when Marc Maron started his podcast in 2009, his approach had a harsher edge. A comedian with a stalled career who had just been fired by Air America, Maron wanted to know the secrets of other comedians’ success. Underlying...

  • Paperback horror fiction rises from the dead

    Paperback horror fiction rises from the dead

    Unholy alliances between children and clowns, evil scientists performing diabolical experiments, zombies, monsters, skeletons, haunted houses, possession and gore: For fans of pulp horror fiction, the ’70s and ’80s were a golden era. A new book aims to rediscover cult classics of the genre all...

  • Hachette pulls the plug on Weinstein Books

    Hachette pulls the plug on Weinstein Books

    Hachette Book Group terminated its Weinstein Books imprint on Thursday, it said via an internal e-mail obtained by Buzzfeed Books and PublishersLunch. Hachette is the latest entity to distance itself from Harvey Weinstein after a flood of allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The Weinstein...

  • British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is a rarity and now a Nobel laureate

    British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is a rarity and now a Nobel laureate

    Among literature fans, Thursday’s Nobel Prize announcement came as a surprise. The author of “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go,” though a critically acclaimed and respected novelist, had been on no one’s shortlist. But then Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Laureate in Literature, has...

  • Las Vegas was built by gangsters, and we celebrated those stories

    Las Vegas was built by gangsters, and we celebrated those stories

    Nothing stays in Las Vegas. Nothing ever did. When the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority launched its now-famous slogan — “What Happens Here, Stays Here” — in 2004, the region was climbing out of the shadows of 9/11, when tourism to the city slumped dramatically. The city had attempted...

  • Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize in literature

    Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize in literature

    Kazuo Ishiguro is the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, the awarding Swedish Academy said Thursday. Born in Japan and raised in Britain, Ishiguro is best known for the novels “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.” He is one of a handful of authors who write bestselling books while...

  • The bestselling novel 'Sweetbitter' is coming to TV

    The bestselling novel 'Sweetbitter' is coming to TV

    The screen adaptation of Stephanie Danler’s bestselling debut “Sweetbitter” has been greenlighted by Starz network, which won a multiple-network bidding war over the novel in July. Starz ordered six half-hour television episodes of the scripted drama. Danler wrote the script for the first episode...

  • Ansel Elgort is slated the lead in the adaptation of 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt

    Ansel Elgort is slated the lead in the adaptation of 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt

    The film adaptation of Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch” has found its Theo: the lead role in the movie has been offered to “Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort, Variety reports. Speculation about the cast of “The Goldfinch” has been rampant since 2104, when Warner Bros. bought the film rights. “The Goldfinch”...

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