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June 06, 2015

Texas librarians face harassment as they navigate book bans

For those librarians working at schools and at public libraries, the pressure to keep some challenged books off the shelves is growing. And some Texas librarians say the insults and threats through social media and the added pressure from supervisors to remove books are taking a toll on the...

Why do people, like, say, like so much?

According to an article in The Guardian, saying the word 'like' has long been seen as a sign of laziness and stupidity. But its use is actually richly nuanced, goes back to Shakespearean times, and is an indicator of, like, intelligence...

Robert Goolrick, whose books explored tragedy and endurance, dies at 73

Robert Goolrick, a New York advertising executive whose firing at 54 liberated him to write a lacerating memoir of childhood sexual abuse and other family secrets, followed by acclaimed novels about endurance in the face of suffering and tragedy, died April 29 at a nursing center in Lynchburg, Va....

Pulitzer Prize: 2022 winners of book prizes

The 2022 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. See BookBrowse's awards page for winners of the book prizes including Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert, as told to Erin I. Kelly

Texas residents are suing their county after books were removed from public libraries

Seven residents in Llano County, Texas, are suing county officials, claiming their First and 14th Amendment rights were violated when books deemed inappropriate by some people in the community and Republican lawmakers were removed from public libraries or access was restricted. "Public...

Don Winslow announces retirement from book writing to focus on political videos

Bestselling author Don Winslow has announced that the two already-written sequels to his current novel City On Fire will be his last books. Winslow says he will devote his time to launching digital campaigns supporting Democratic causes and opposing "Trumpism." "It's time to do...

A library's canceled romance book club calls attention to growing censorship

A censorship battle at an Oklahoma library is calling attention to what critics say is the hypocrisy of legislative attempts to prohibit discussions and materials about LGBTQ issues. Literary circles were up in arms after the Enid Public Library in Enid, Oklahoma, canceled a romance book club and a...

The artists of Ukraine find their voice in a cry of resistance

More than 200 years after Francisco Goya commemorated Spanish resistance to Napoleon's armies in "The Third of May 1808", his groundbreaking work on the horrors of war, Ukrainian painters, illustrators and cartoonists are trying to find an artistic expression as Russian bombs fall on...

Ukrainian publisher Vivat perseveres during Russian invasion

Vivat is Ukraine's second largest publisher, established in 2013 following the merger of two former publishing houses. Its head office is in Kharkiv, Ukraine's largest city after Kyiv, located in the northeast near the border with Russia. Vivat currently has 3,000 books in print and, in a...

Kharkiv's cultural life defies constant Russian bombardment with first book presentation during war

Ukraine's indomitable spirit was on full display over the weekend in Kharkiv, the nation's second largest city, when the publication of a new book was presented in a bomb shelter amid interspersed Russian bombardment. A Ukrainian translation of the New York Times bestseller "Go the...

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