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The Literary Oscars, Amazon Strikes, and Inspire!

Toronto Welcomes a New Book Fair

Toronto is set to launch Inspire! a new international book festival next November.  Plans for the festival have come together quickly, gathering excitement and anticipation along the way.  Unlike Word on the Street, the September book festival Toronto plays host to, Inspire! will be held indoors at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and organizers are hoping for a complementary relationship, rather than a competitive one.

Amazon Prepared for German Worker’s Strike

Verdi, The German service sector union is preparing for a full worker strike against Amazon, effecting the retail giant’s central Germany facility.  The union is hard fighting for the wage raise of its distribution centre workers, as currently, they are being paid less than the standard wages for distribution work.  While Amazon is claiming to be “well-prepared” the story is one of many surfacing about sub-par wages and working conditions:

The National Book Award Goes To…

The American Nation Book Awards were hosted this week at the This year’s winners include:

  • Maya Angelou, for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community
  • E. L. Doctorow for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
  • James McBride won the Fiction award, for his book, The Good Lord Bird
  • George Packer won the  Non-Fiction award for his book, The Unwinding
  • Mary Szybist won for Poetry, for her collection, Incarnadine: Poems
  • Cynthia Kadohata won for Young People’s Literature, for her book, The Thing About Luck

World’s Biggest Bookstore To Close Its Doors

The World’s biggest bookstore will close up shop in February 2014, Toronto Star reports. Developers who have bought the land have no current plans for the location.  Toronto has been the happy home of the Indigo owned building for thirty-three years, and will not be the only historic bookshop closing it’s doors in the near future: Indigo will be closing it’s Runnymede chapter’s location, built inside a heritage theatre.  That bookstore will be replaced by a Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Diary of Malcolm X Remains Unpublished 

The publication of The Diary of Malcolm X has been postponed by a restraining order, requested by  X Legacy LLC.  The corporation representing  the heirs of Malcolm X claim that the publishers of the diary, Third World Press, lack the rights to publishing it.  The diary was written by Malcolm X in 1964, documenting his activities in Africa, and has been co-edited by his daughter Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, and  journalist Herb Boyd.

The Word of the Year Is…

Finally,  the word of the year for 2013 is selfie, a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

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