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Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature (October 8, 2015): Investigative journalist and nonfiction author Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature. She is an outspoken critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Brain Fart, Bants and Fur Baby Added to Oxford Online Dictionary (August 31, 2015): The Oxford Dictionaries have added brain fart, bants, fur baby, blockchain and manic pixie dream girl to the online dictionary. They also added beer o'clock for some reason.

Scholars Find Treasure Trove of Mark Twain's Early Writing (May 7, 2015): Scholars at UC Berkeley have tracked down Mark Twain's early columns written while he lived in San Francisco nearly 150 years ago. They also found personal letters.

Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman Step in as Table Hosts for PEN Gala (May 4, 2015): Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman, George Packer, Azar Nafisi and Alain Mabanckouand will step in as table hosts at the PEN Gala which will honor Charlie Hebdo.

Author Oliver Sacks Discusses Terminal Cancer Diagnosis (February 19, 2015): Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings, discusses his diagnosis with terminal cancer in a new op-ed. He lays out his plan for the time he has left.

Swedish Cartoonist Targeted in Copenhagen Terrorist Attack (February 14, 2015): A gunman opened fire at a free speech event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Cartoonist Lars Vilks was the likely target of the attack which left one dead and three wounded.

Robots Writing Over 1,000 Stories Per Month for the Associated Press (January 31, 2015): Over 1,000 stories per month are being written by computers for the Associated Press. These stories tend by droll financial articles.

China Continues Crackdown on Writers: No More Pen Names (January 26, 2015): Writers in China are now banned from using a pen name, unless they disclose their real name so they can be tracked by the government. Social media is the next target.

Inside a Charlie Hebdo Editorial Meeting (January 10, 2015): In this clip we get to see inside a Charlie Hebdo editorial meeting. It shows cartoonists choosing which art to use for the cover of the issue about the Danish Mohammed cartoons.

Vape is the Word of the Year (November 21, 2014): The Oxford Dictionaries have named vape as the word of the year. It beat out slacktivism and normcore.

New York Times to Lay Off Staff, Reduce Number of Freelancers (October 1, 2014): The New York Times will eliminate 100 newsroom jobs. It will also cut editorial and business positions and reduce spending on freelancers.

Weird Al Yankovic Turns Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines into a Rant About Proper Grammar (July 15, 2014): Weird Al Yankovic does a spoof of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. He turns the raunchy anthem into Word Crimes, a hilarious rant on poor grammar and word use.

Swedish Crime Writer Henning Mankell Chronicles His Cancer Journal for Newspaper (February 1, 2014): Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell will write about his serious cancer diagnosis and upcoming treatment plans for Swedish newspaper.

J.K. Rowling Suing The Daily Mail For Libel (January 31, 2014): J.K. Rowling is suing The Daily Mail for libel over an article claiming Rowling misrepresented her past as an impoverished single mother.

David Lagercrantz Hired to Pen More Books in Stieg Larsson's Millenium Series (December 17, 2013): David Lagercrantz has been hired to write more books in Stieg Larsson's Millenium series, which began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

New York Magazine Goes From a Weekly to Biweekly Schedule (December 2, 2013): New York magazine is the latest casualty in the industry. It's going from a weekly to a biweekly publishing schedule, but no layoffs are expected.

Oxford Dictionaries Names Selfie the Word of the Year (November 19, 2013): Selfie is the new word of the year, according to The Oxford Dictionaries.

2013 Thurber Prize Finalists Announced (August 31, 2013): Dave Berry, Shalom Auslander, Alan Zweibel and Dan Zevin are named as finalists for the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Journalist Helen Thomas, First Woman to Join White House Press Corps, Dead at 92 (July 20, 2013): Legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who annoyed presidents from Kennedy to Obama, died at home at the age of 92.

Atria Publishing Launches 37 Ink Imprint (July 9, 2013): Atria Publishing has announced the launch of its 37 Ink imprint.