Merriam-Webster Calls Out Kellyanne Conway for 'Alternative Facts'

President Trump's former campaign manager and current counselor Kellyanne Conway caused jaws to drop this morning when she used the term "alternative facts" to explain why White House press secretary Sean Spicer presented at least three deliberate falsehoods in his first press conference yesterday. Read more... January 22, 2017

Trump Nominee Monica Crowley Felled by Plagiarism Scandal

Monica Crowley, Donald Trump's nominee to be senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, has withdrawn from consideration for the post after a plaigiarism scandal. The New York Times reports that the conservative commentator and author withdrew after allegations that she plagiarized major sections of her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? Read more... January 17, 2017

Damien Chazelle Wins Best Screenplay and Best Director at Golden Globes for La La Land

Damien Chazelle took home the Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director at the 2017 Golden Globes. His film La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling was the dominant film at the Globes this year. It won seven awards including Best Picture. Read more... January 8, 2017

Donald Trump Boots Biographer Off Golf Course

President-elect Donald Trump kicked one of his biographers off his golf course Friday in Florida. Harry Hurt, the author of The Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, was set to play golf at the Trump International Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, with billionaire and conservative mega donor David Koch. Hunt's 1993 book is an unflattering biography of the new president elect. Read more... January 1, 2017

A Princess and an Author: Carrie Fisher Taken Too Soon

Fans are in mourning after the news that actress and bestselling author Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60. She suffered a major heart attack while flying home from London to Los Angeles. Although she was given CPR on the plane and was taken immediately to the hospital upon landing, she never regained consciousness. Her daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd, had her publicist confirm the sad news. Read more... December 28, 2016

Trump Typo Causes 'Unpresidented' to Trend on Twitter

Donald Trump is known for making typos on Twitter. He uses his phone to enter his tweets and does not always spell check. Today, the President-elect took to Twitter to attack China for confiscating a U.S. drone. Read more... December 17, 2016

James Patterson Donates $250,000 to Independent Booksellers

James Patterson, in cooperation with the American Booksellers Association, announced the names of the independent booksellers that will receive grants from his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program. Patterson, who is passionate about literacy and reading, will give out $250,000 total divided between 149 independent booksellers. The individual amounts range between $1,000 and $5,000. Read more... December 15, 2016

Patti Smith Performed A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall as Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

1500 guests wearing black tie attended the ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden to preset the 2016 Nobel Prizes. The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to singer songwriter Bob Dylan, who did not attend. Patti Smith accepted the award on behalf of Dylan. Read more... December 10, 2016

Author Emma Straub is Opening a Bookstore in Brooklyn

New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub is opening a bookstore in Brooklyn. Dismayed that the independent bookstore BookCourt was closing at the end of this year, she and her husband, Michael Fusco-Straub, decided to take the plunge and open their own bookstore. She writes "A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart. And so we’re building a new heart." Read more... December 7, 2016

Patti Smith Will Perform in Bob Dylan's Honor at the Nobel Ceremony

The Nobel Committee announced that Patti Smith will perform Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" during the Nobel Prize ceremony on December 10th in Stockholm, Sweden. Dylan is the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature this year, but said he will not be attending the event because he has other commitments. However, he has written an acceptance speech, although it has not been announced who will read it for him. Read more... December 6, 2016

Abrams Stops Publishing Bad Little Children's Books After Charges of Racism

Abrams books has announced that it will stop publishing the book Bad Little Children's Books: KidLit Parodies, Shameless Spoofs, and Offensively Tweaked Covers after accusations that the book is racist. The book was written by a writer who uses the pseudonym Arthur C. Gackley. The book is a collection of fictional, satiric book covers which take classic book titles and make them into offensive parodies of the original works. Read more... December 5, 2016

Harper Lee to be Immortalized in New Harper Lee Trail in Monroeville, Alabama

Harper Lee's attorney has big plans for honoring her former client in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. reports that Mockingbird Company, the nonprofit organization which promotes Ms. Lee's work, is planning to create a Harper Lee Trail in the city which will have a major impact on tourism to the area. The city of Monroeville is all for the plan, which should bring hundreds of thousands of additional tourists to the small town. Read more... December 2, 2016

Hunter S. Thompson's Favorite Marijuana Strains Coming Soon to a Dispensary Near You

Hunter S. Thompson loved his weed. Now you too can partake in the strain of marijuana the six different kinds of marijuana that her late husband smoked. Rolling Stone reports that Anita Thompson saved six different kinds of marijuana her husband enjoyed and is working with a cannabis company to regrow these strains of the potent week. Read more... December 1, 2016

Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

The Oxford Dictionaries has named its 2016 Word of the Year as post-truth. The adjective is defined as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." Or, as Stephen Colbert fans might think of it: truthiness. Read more... November 21, 2016

Bob Dylan Refuses to Attend Nobel Prize Ceremony

After telling a British reporter that he would do his best to attend the ceremony in which he was to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by King Gustav of Sweden, Bob Dylan has now declined to show up for the ceremony. The Swedish Academy said in a statement that the singer songwriter has a scheduling conflict that prevents him from flying to Stockholm to receive the world's most prestigious writing award. Read more... November 16, 2016

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