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Poet and Artist Ashraf Fayadh Sentenced to Death by Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian court has ordered the execution of highly poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh (pictured above right with Tate Modern director Chris Dercon) on the grounds that his poetry promotes atheism and "spreads destructive thoughts into society." Fayadh is a Palestinian who was born in Saudi Arabia. He is a leading member of the British-Saudi art organization called Edge of Arabia. He has curated art shows and has worked to introduce Saudi Arabia's contemporary artists to the world. Read more... November 24, 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow Launching Book Imprint With Hachette Called Goop Press

Gwyneth Paltrow has teamed up with Hachette Book Group to launch a new book imprint. The imprint is called Goop Press and will be part of Grand Central Publishing, which is owned by Hachette. Gwyneth announced the new publishing venture during an interview with Katie Couric and Goop CEO Lisa Gersh at the Fast Company Festival in New York City yesterday. Read more... November 11, 2015

Stephenie Meyer Producing New Supernatural TV Show Called The Rook

Stephenie Meyer has inked a deal with Lionsgate for an interesting new television project. Meyer will be the executive producer of a new tv series called The Rook, which is based on the bestselling novel by Daniel O'Malley. Read more... November 10, 2015

David Mitchell Wins Best Novel for The Bone Clocks at 2015 World Fantasy Awards

The world Fantasy Awards were handed out this past weekend at the 2015 World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York. David Mitchell won Best Novel for his book The Bone Clocks. The other finalists were Katherine Addison for The Goblin Emperor, Robert Jackson Bennett for City of Stairs, Jeff VanderMeer for Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy and Jo Walton for My Real Children. Read more... November 9, 2015

Roxane Gay to Receive 2015 Freedom to Write Award

PEN Center USA announced that Roxane Gay will receive the 2015 Freedom to Write Award. The award is given to an individual who has "demonstrated exceptional courage in the defense of free expression." Ms. Gay is a professor of English at Purdue University, a bestselling author and a cultural critic. Read more... November 6, 2015

Amazon's New Poetry Contest Offers $5,000 Cash Prize and Publishing Contract

Amazon Publishing is getting serious about poetry. It just announced a call for submissions for its Little A Poetry contest. The contest was set up to discover talented emerging poets. Amazon has lined up some serious poets to judge the contest: Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn. Read more... November 5, 2015

Amazon Opens Real Bricks-and-Mortar Bookstore in Seattle

Amazon has been selling books online for twenty years. Amazon also helped make ebooks popular through its Kindle platform. Now the online retail giant has opened its first physical bricks-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle. Read more... November 3, 2015

Taylor Swift Sued for $42 Million for Alleged Copyright Infringement

Taylor Swift is being sued for $27 million by R&B singer Jesse Braham. Mr. Braham claims Taylor stole they lyrics to her mega hit "Shake it Off" from his 2013 song "Haters Gone Hate." Read more... November 2, 2015

Jonathan Franzen Reads Stephen Colbert a Terrifying Bedtime Story

National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about his latest novel Purity. Franzen was a good sport: he participated in a comedy sketch with Colbert. Stephen had on his pajamas (with a tie underneath, of course). He was tucked into bed with his teddy bear and asked Franzen to read him a bedtime story. Read more... October 29, 2015

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