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'Burn-proof' edition of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale up for auction

Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. This week, the Canadian author and her publisher announced that a "one-off, unburnable edition" of the acclaimed novel would be auctioned through Sotheby’s New York.

Sidney Poitier, 1st Black man to win best actor Oscar, dead at 94

Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, has died. He was 94.

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny's novel hits shelves this week

The nearly 500-page novel combines other details that resonate with recent news, and a cameo for Penny's famed fictional investigator, Armand Gamache.

Caster Semenya working on memoir about running success, experiences as intersex woman

Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya is working on a book about her triumphs as a runner and her experiences as an intersex woman with naturally high testosterone levels, including her battles to be eligible for competition.

Joan Allen to narrate audiobook of State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton

Scheduled to come out Oct. 12, 2021, State of Terror features a “novice” secretary of state, working in the administration of a rival politician, who tries to solve a wave of terrorist attacks.

Meghan Markle's picture book The Bench is a celebration of fathers and sons

The Bench is a picture book published on June 8, 2021, by Tundra Books, an imprint of  Penguin Random House Canada. The book was illustrated by Christian Robinson.

BioNTech founders contributing to book on how they developed the first COVID-19 vaccine

BioNTech founders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci are collaborating with Joe Miller of the Financial Times on The Vaccine. It will be published on Nov. 2, 2021.

Margaret Atwood editing new pandemic novel — contributors include John Grisham and Emma Donoghue

The novel, titled Fourteen Days, is a fundraiser for the Authors Guild Foundation. Fourteen Days is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2022.

Lydia Millet among finalists for U.S. National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation gives out five $10,000 U.S. awards: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation and young people’s literature.

Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson dead of cancer at 84

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, the dominating St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who won a record seven consecutive World Series starts and set a modern standard for excellence when he finished the 1968 season with a 1.12 ERA, died Friday. He was 84.

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