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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Her six novels and four short story collections were all set in the Deep South, from New Orleans to north Louisiana and Alabama.

Don DeLillo to publish new novel The Silence in October 2020

The Silence will take place in 2022 amid a digital shutdown in New York City, the author's publisher Scribner announced.

Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Prozac Nation, dies at 52

Wurtzel died on Tuesday at a hospital in Manhattan after a long battle with breast cancer.

Merriam-Webster declares 'they' its 2019 word of the year

The decision was based on a 313 per cent increase in look-ups on the company’s search site,, this year when compared with 2018. chooses 'existential' as word of the year

Climate change, gun violence, the very nature of democracy and an angsty little movie star called Forky helped propel “existential” to’s word of the year.

First Marvel Comics issue sells for $1.26 million US

A rare near-mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book has sold at auction in Dallas for $1.26 million US.

Catalan poet Joan Margarit wins 2019 Cervantes Prize, the world's top Spanish-language literary prize

Spain’s government announced Thursday that Catalan poet Joan Margarit won the 2019 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor.

Michelle Obama's next book is companion journal to memoir Becoming

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice is designed to help readers tell their own stories. It will be available on Nov. 19, 2019.

Sculpture returned to Los Angeles library 50 years after disappearance

The sculpture depicting writers from different cultures vanished in 1969 when the library underwent a renovation.

Will Smith and Helen Mirren to read bedtime stories to help fight homelessness

The World’s Big Sleep Out takes place on Dec. 7, 2019. The campaign will encourage people in 50 cities globally to sleep outside for a night in hopes of raising $50 million for the charity.

Harry Potter removed from Tennessee Catholic school library

In an email obtained by The Tennessean, the Rev. Dan Reehil of Nashville's St. Edward Catholic School said he consulted exorcists in the U.S. and Rome who recommended removing the books.

J.D. Salinger's books to be available in digital formats for the first time

Longtime Salinger publisher Little, Brown and Company said all four of his works, including The Catcher in the Rye, will be made available as e-books on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Naked man causes brief disruption at Detroit Metro aiport

A naked man caused a stir at the Detroit Metro airport and on social media on Friday. Authorities say he took off more than his belt and shoes at a Detroit Metropolitan Airport security checkpoint. The man undressed until he was completely naked before trying to pass through a metal detector.

Judith Kerr, author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, dies at 95

The Tiger Who Came to Tea was first published in 1968 and has never been out of print. It has sold more than 5 million copies.

International undercover agents target Toronto-based digital rights group Citizen Lab

Twice in the past two months, men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the internet watchdog group Citizen Lab to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance and the details of their personal lives.