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June 06, 2015

WHO honors the late Henrietta Lacks for her contributions to scientific research

The World Health Organization on Wednesday honored the late Henrietta Lacks, whose cells have been used for innovative scientific research for decades, with an award in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of medical science. Lacks, a Black woman, was suffering from cervical cancer...

Inside the real-life succession drama at Scholastic

The powerhouse children's publisher, known for Harry Potter, had been passed from father to son until Iole Lucchese, a top executive, was given control. When her phone buzzed on June 6, Iole Lucchese was still absorbing a shock that had come the day before. Her longtime boss, M. Richard...

Pandemic leads to boom in independent bookstore openings

Though the pandemic caused financial hardship for many independent bookstores, particularly those in cities and states that forced retailers to close their doors for months, it has also paved the way for a mini-boom of bookstore openings... ...While acknowledging that the disruption of Covid has...

A woman won a million-euro Spanish literary prize. It turned out that 'she' was actually three men.

The work of one woman was, it turned out, the equivalent of the labors of three men. That was at least the case for Spain's top writer of crime thrillers, a professor and mother who wrote under the pseudonym Carmen Mola, supposedly to maintain her anonymity. But on Friday night, at a ceremony...

Gary Paulsen, author of many young adult adventure stories, dies at age 82

Gary Paulsen, the American author of young adult fiction who taught millions of children wilderness skills through novels such as Hatchet, Dogsong and The Winter Room, has died at the age of 82. His publisher said on Thursday his death was "sudden" but did not specify a cause. Paulsen...

What It would take to disrupt the publishing industry

Writing in Publishers Weekly, Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, talks about the problems that the publishing industry faces, and potential solutions: ...A real disruption of the industry would involve accountability, because we are wasteful beyond belief. Most publishers...

Missing apostrophe in Facebook post lands a man in defamation court

A missing apostrophe in a Facebook post could cost a real estate agent in Australia tens of thousands of dollars after a court ruled a defamation case against him could proceed. At issue is the word "employees" in the post, which read: "Oh Stuart Gan!! Selling multi million $ homes...

How Somali women are breaking tradition to write novels

For centuries, Somalia has been known as the "nation of poets" but this tradition has largely been the preserve of men. It is unusual for Somali women to be the primary storytellers, yet they are now the ones taking on that mantle in the diaspora... And what is more, their freedom to...

Melinda French Gates launches imprint with Flatiron

Melinda French Gates will launch Moment of Lift Books, a new nonfiction imprint, with Macmillan's Flatiron Books, the publisher announced. The imprint's first three titles are due in 2023. The imprint takes its name from Gates's bestselling book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering...

Nobel Literature Prize 2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah named winner

Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has said he was "surprised and humbled" to be awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy praised Gurnah for his "uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism". The prize is awarded by the...

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