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PEN America Announces New $50,000 PEN/Nabokov Award

PEN America announced that it is reinstating its PEN/Nabokov Award which is given to a writer born or residing outside the United States whose work is written in English or has been translated into English. The award is not a one-off; winners must have an outstanding body of work over a sustained career. The award carries a $50,000 cash prize to a writer whose work which has the power to, "evoke to some measure Nabokov's brilliant versatility and commitment to literature as a search for the deepest truth and the highest pleasure." Read more... August 14, 2016

Criminal Minds Star Thomas Gibson Suspended for Kicking Writer

Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson has been suspended for kicking a writer on the set. Gibson plays Special Agent Aaron Hotchner on the long running series. Read more... August 11, 2016

Jonathan Franzen Sells Out to Adidas

Jonathan Franzen was a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers to promote the paperback version of his novel Purity. Franzen decided to do a reading from the middle of the book. Before he started he told the audience that the paperback was sponsored by Adidas, because the publishing industry is having some trouble. Read more... August 10, 2016

Yale Study Finds Those Who Read More Books Live Longer

Does reading books make you live longer? The answer is yes, according to a new study by researchers from Yale University. The New York Times reports that the scientists evaluated data received from a larger health study which had included the reading habits of the participants. All participants were over 50. The 3,535 people were divided into three groups: people that spent more than three and a half hours a week reading, people that spent up to three and a half hours reading and those that did not read books at all. Read more... August 5, 2016

Forbes Releases 2016 List of Highest Earning Authors

Forbes has posted its list of the highest paid authors in 2016. Earnings were calculated from June, 2015, to June, 2016. James Patterson tops the list with pretax earnings of $95 million. This is the third year he's landed a the top of the list and this year, no one even comes close to Patterson. In second place is Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, who pulled in $19.5 million. Read more... August 3, 2016

J.K. Rowling: No More Harry Potter Stories After Cursed Child

J.K. Rowling has declared that there won't be any more stories starring Harry Potter. She made the pronouncement at the premiere for the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which is playing in London's West End. The script for the play was released this past weekend to great fanfare, with bookstores holding midnight events on Saturday night with parties, readings and giveaways. Read more... August 1, 2016

Unpublished Michael Crichton Novel Dragon Teeth to be Published by HarperCollins

An unpublished manuscript by the late Michael Crichton has surfaced and HarperCollins has snapped up the rights to the novel. The book is called Dragon Teeth and is based on the real-life rivalry between paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. The dueling scientists were part of the great Bone Wars in the American West in and around 1878. Read more... July 30, 2016

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