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Sam Smith to Pay Tom Petty Songwriting Royalties for Stay With Me

Grammy nominated singer Sam Smith has agreed to pay songwriting royalties to Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne for his hit song, "Stay With Me." Petty and Lynne have also been given songwriting credits. "Stay With Me" is on Smith's album, In the Lonely Hour. The single has sold nearly 3.5 million copies in the U.S. Read more... January 28, 2015

China Continues Crackdown on Writers: No More Pen Names

China is cracking down on writers once again. The government tightly controls the traditional press in the country, but has been frustrated in its attempts to control social media. In China, many writers and authors use pen names to avoid the censors, especially when they discuss political and controversial issues that could make them a target of the censors and land them in jail. Read more... January 26, 2015

British Court Strikes Down Ban on Sending Books to Prisoners

A British high court ruling has overturned the controversial decision to outlaw sending books to prisoners in the United Kingdom. In December the court ruled that books should be struck off the list of items that cannot be sent to prisoners. Read more... January 24, 2015

E.L. James' Control Over the Fifty Shades of Grey Film Was Unprecedented

The release date for the film adaptation of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is fast approaching, and tales from the set are starting to leak out. James's contract with the studio reportedly gives her an amazing amount of control for an author. Read more... January 22, 2015

Pedro Almodovar to Receive WGA Screenwriting Achievement Award

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar will be honored with the Writers Guild of America West's Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement. The award is given to an international writer who has advanced the language of films and how has made outstanding contributions to screenwriting. Read more... January 21, 2015

National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle announced 30 finalists for the best books of 2014. There are 30 finalists in in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry. Read more... January 20, 2015

David Harsent Wins 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

David Harsent has won the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Harsent won with his latest book of poetry, Fire Songs (Faber and Faber). Fire Songs is his eleventh poetry collection. This year was Harsent's fifth appearance on the shortlist for the prize. Read more... January 16, 2015

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