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Alice Munro Makes Canadian History

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Alice Munro, 82, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, making her the first Canadian recipient of the award in history.  She is the thirteenth woman in the long-running history of the prestigious award to win for her literary contributions.

Munro is renowned for her short story writing, not only among her fellow Canadians but on an international stage as well.  She has previously won notable awards such as the Booker Prize, The Giller Prize (twice) The Governor General Award for English Fiction (three times), the WH Smith Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, to name a few.

Alice Munro decided retire from writing with her latest collection of stories, Dear Life.  That being said, we would like to borrow one of her quotes, as it truly is quite fitting for a long and celebrated writing career.

That’s something I think is growing on me as I get older: happy endings.

Congratulations, Ms Munro, from all of your dedicated readers.

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August 26, 2013: A Proposal, A Book Club, and Salinger, Continued

A Revisited Proposal

The Department of Justice has released a revised and softened proposed injunction for the price fixing scandal involving Apple and several large publishing companies.  Instead of the original five year ban on agency deals, restrictions now range between two to four years.  Judge Cote requested a revised injunction against Apple that should “avoid unnecessary hindering” the market, despite noting the severity of their actions concerning lack of remorse. Instead, it is now Macmillan’s turn to take the full brunt of the penalties, with the longest restriction on new deal negotiations: a period of 48 months.  The full story comes to us from Publisher’s Weekly, which you can read here.

TODAY’s New Book Club

The  TODAY Show has launched a brand new monthly book club for Adults.  Hopes are raised high that the TODAY Book Club will offer the same potential and successes as the Oprah’s book club. Publisher’s are also praising this development for the opportunity to showcase “books that don’t normally get exposure” on the TODAY show. Previously, authors and books featured on the show relate to the news or entertainment industry.  A segment like this will cast more light on fictional works such as the Book Club’s first featured novel: The Bone Season, by 21 year old author Samantha Shannon.  Read the full article here on PublishingPerspectives.com.

JD Salinger in the Spotlight

Celebrated author and literary recluse, JD Salinger drew new attention after news of a film and biography was announced.  While accounts from Salinger himself  continued to write well after his retirement, he never published a new book after the 1960′s… but that may be about to change.  According to David Shields and Shane Salerno, the biographers of JD Salinger, a series of posthumous releases are said to be published after 2015.  The Guardian has the full story here.

Quebec’s Plan to Save Small Bookstores

Quebec’s potential plan to regulate the price of books is under fire.  The argument in favour of regulation is to prevent “an oligopoly consisting of three or four multinational companies”.  The plan to save small bookstores however is being challenged, with arguments that regulatory price increases will actually hurt them.  Read the full story here.

Breaking Bad Literary Love

Lauren Eggert-Crowe assembled a reading list, sure to be loved by fans of the AMC drama Breaking Bad. You can check out her Breaking Bad (and Beyond) Reading List on TheMillions.com, although this is not the first reading list regarding the popular anti-heroes. On August 8, 2013 ZolaBooks.com shared Breaking Bad’s Good Reads on their blog, a breakdown of the literary references made over the course of the television series.

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Ten Forgotten Classics


“These are called classics for a reason…”

Steven Moore, author of The Novel, An Alternative History: 1600-1800 has compiled a list of literature from the time period that gave us treasures Don Quixote and Paradise Lost.   Searching for works that possessed similar artistry and intellect. Out of four-hundred books Moore reviewed, make room on your bookshelf (virtual or otherwise) for the Ten Forgotten Classics You Need To Read shared on HuffPost.

Can you name a piece of classic literature that doesn’t get enough credit today?  Comment below, or tweet your response to us @SumbolaCoSI.