2021 Booker Prize Shortlist

Six titles made the shortlist for this year's Booker Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious prizes for English-language literature. This year's finalists were chosen from 158 novels published in the U.K. or...

Pearson Education sues Chegg, alleging ‘massive’ copyright Infringement

Pearson Education this week filed suit against textbook service Chegg for copyright infringement, alleging that Chegg's popular subscription study service illegally appropriates Pearson's end-of-chapter textbook questions. In a complaint filed September 13 in federal court...

Obituary Note: Michael Newton

Michael Newton, who wrote several hundred westerns, thrillers and men's adventure novels, died on September 6. He was 69. Diagnosed with an untreatable hereditary kidney disease in 1988, Michael lived normally until declining health forced...

National Book Foundation honoring Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl, the former librarian and "energetic champion for readers across the country," is the 2021 recipient of the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community "for her expansive service to...

Treasures Revealed: Episode 2

In this episode of Treasures Revealed, LAC Head Photo Conservator Tania Passafiume will tell us about her discovery in the collection of a very rare type of early photograph called a pannotype. She will...

9/11: 20 years in books

In an extensive article, Carlos Lozada, nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post and the author of What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era, looks back over 20 years...

Racism in the Dewey Decimal System

The quickest possible glance reveals the racism in the Dewey Decimal System. We'll use the religion section as an example. The 200s encompass all religion, nominally, although the problems with this premise are obvious....

Some fall books moved to 2022 due to paper shortages

A recent report in The Washington Post warns, "Book publishers, dogged by paper shortages and shipping delays, are pushing fall releases into early next year." Ingram, a major book distributor, issued a statement noting...

What makes a book ‘appropriate’ for school?

Author Nikki Grimes responds to the news that a school district in Leander, Tex., has removed her memoir, Ordinary Hazards, from the curriculum due to what they deemed "inappropriate content." "... Censors will find...

Obituary Note: Caroline Todd

Caroline Todd, who wrote several bestselling series with her son Charles under the pen name Charles Todd, died on August 28. Todd and her son published the first book in the Ian Rutledge series, A...

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