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PEN America Announces New $50,000 PEN/Nabokov Award (August 14, 2016): Pen America announces the return of the PEN/Nabokov Award, with an international twist to the literary prize. It carries a $50,000 cash purse.

George Orwell to be Honored With Bronze Sculpture by BBC his Former Employer (August 13, 2016): George Orwell, author of 1984, will be immortalized in a bronze sculpture outside the BBC, his inspiration for the always lying Ministry of Truth.

Jonathan Franzen Sells Out to Adidas (August 10, 2016): Jonathan Franzen did a hilarious bit on Seth Meyer's show. He reads from the paperback version of his novel Purity, but his sponsor Adidas wanted some changes to the text.

George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards Being Adapted for Television (August 8, 2016): George R.R. Martin's long running superhero anthology series Wild Cards is being adapted for television.

Yale Study Finds Those Who Read More Books Live Longer (August 5, 2016): Want to live a longer life? Then pick up a book and get reading. Yale researchers say that reading confers longevity benefits.

Forbes Releases 2016 List of Highest Earning Authors (August 3, 2016): James Patterson tops the list of the highest earning authors for 2016 with pre-tax earnings of $95 million.

J.K. Rowling: No More Harry Potter Stories After Cursed Child (August 1, 2016): JK Rowling says there will be no more stories about Harry Potter after the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Unpublished Michael Crichton Novel Dragon Teeth to be Published by HarperCollins (July 30, 2016): An unpublished manuscript by the late Michael Crichton was found by his widow Sherri.Dragon Teeth will be published in the spring of 2017

Starz Releases First Trailer for Neil Gaiman's American Gods (July 29, 2016): Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane star in the first trailer for Starz's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods.

Five American Authors Make Longlist for 2016 Man Booker Prize (July 28, 2016): The longlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize has been announced and five American authors made the list.

German Author is Amazon's First Literary Author to Sell More Than a Million Books (July 22, 2016): German author Oliver Potzsch has now sold more than one million books world wide. He is published by Amazon's literary imprint.

Stephenie Meyer's Next Book is a Spy Thriller (July 19, 2016): Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's next book will be a spy thriller which will be released in November, 2016.

Should Authors Read Their Own Audiobooks? (July 13, 2016): Most audiobooks are read by professional actors. But a few authors do read their own books -- after they pass an audition.

Scholastic Signs Major Licensing Deal With American Girl (July 11, 2016): Get ready for a massive rollout of American doll books. American Girl has teamed up with Scholastic to massively expand the book series about the iconic dolls.

The Algorithm That Predicts Whether a Novel Will Be a Bestseller (July 11, 2016): Jodie Archer and Matt Jockers have created an algorithm to determine if a novel will be a bestseller. They claim a successful prediction rate of 80%.

After Heated Debate, Dr. Maya Angelou Has New Jersey School Named After Her (June 22, 2016): Dr. Maya Angelou will have an elementary school named after her in New Jersey after a heated battle over whether to name the school after her or President Obama.

Israeli Author Etgar Keret Wins 2016 Charles Bronfman Prize (June 12, 2016): Israeli author and screenwriter Etgar Keret has won the 2016 Charles Bronfman Prize, which carries a purse of $100,000.

Independent Bookstore BooksActually Installs Book Vending Machines in Singapore (June 3, 2016): Books Actually, an independent bookstore and publisher in Singapore, is placing book vending machines around the city.

Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu Teaming Up for Magnus Bane Series (May 30, 2016): Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare is teaming up with Wesley Chu for a new series about sorcerer Magnus Bane for Simon and Schuster.

Jonathan Franzen Blows Two Shakespeare Questions on Jeopardy! (May 20, 2016): Jonathan Franzen blew two easy questions about Shakespeare on Jeopardy! He nailed the Bird category, though, and won money for the American Bird Conservancy.