BOOK'S WORLD NEWS

The 25th Annual Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Awards

Date: 3/9/16

The 25th Annual Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Awards were announced on Wednesday during a private ceremony in New York City. Jill Leovy took home the first place nonfiction prize for Ghettoside: a True Story of Murder in America (Spiegal & Grau), while the first-place prize for fiction went to Mia Alvar for In the Country (Knopf/Vintage).

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Umberto Eco, Italian novelist and intellectual, dies aged 84

Date: 2/22/16

The revered literary critic, author and essayist – most famous for 1980 novel The Name of the Rose – had been suffering from cancer

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Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel prize in literature

Date: 11/12/15

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time".Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer whose oral histories have recorded thousands of individual voices to map the implosion of the Soviet Union, has won the Nobel prize for literature.

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10 cool books to read this fall

Date: 9/16/15

The fall season is bursting with books from big-name authors, from Jonathan Franzen to Bill O'Reilly toMindy Kaling. USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg offers a guide to 10 of the season's coolest reads.

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