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Noirwich: A New Crime Writing Festival Comes to the Literary City of Norwich

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The city of Norwich will host its first Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, featuring internationally known authors al McDermid, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Eva Dolan, and Meg Abbott.

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2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist Features 4 Yanks

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The first Man Booker Prize longlist after opening to world English writers includes books by four Americans, six Brits, two Irish writers and one Australian.

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Top Authors’ Lobby for Long-Term Strategy Against Amazon

Douglas Preston

Numerous top authors are enlisting fellow writers to formulate a long-term strategy to combat Amazon’s dominance of the market, writes The Bookseller.

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International Alliance of Independent Publishers Assembles in Cape Town

International Alliance of Independent Publishers

The International Alliance of Independent Publishers will be holding their International Assembly in Cape Town this year from September 17-21.

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Amazon to Launch “Netflix for Ebooks” Subscription Service

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Amazon will likely introduce an ebook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, in the near future. Subscribers will have access to over 600,000 ebooks and audiobooks for $9.99 per month.

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Okwiri Oduor Wins 15th Caine Prize for African Writing

Okwiri Odour (Photo: Caine Prize for African Writing)

Kenyan Okwiri Oduor has won the 15th Caine Prize for African Writing, often described as Africa’s leading literary award.

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TombQuest: Scholastic’s Newest Multi-Platform Series

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Following on the success of The 39 Clues, Infinity Ring and Spirit Animals, Scholastic is launching its latest multi-platform series for kids: Tombquest.

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In the UK, Traditional Publishing’s Pay for Authors “Not Fair”

Nicola Solomon

In the UK, the Society of Authors’ chief executive claims that traditional publishers’ terms ‘are no longer fair or sustainable’ for author’s to make a living.

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Why Does Singapore Hate Gay Penguins?

And Tango Makes Three

The National Library Board in Singapore is removing and destroying three children’s books featuring plots with gay or nontraditional families.

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Amazon Appeals Directly to Hachette’s Authors

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon has gone directly to authors ‘hoping to gain hearts and minds – and leverage’ in its dispute with Hachette.

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