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Is Trump Ruining Book Sales? | New Republic

Authors and publishers alike are finding that it’s hard to sell books in a political climate where truth is stranger than fiction. “I was told that it just came out at a really bad time, but that that was true across the board,” says author Alana Massey. Back in 2015, her debut essay …

Bookstore on wheels turns heads in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqis guarding Baghdad’s many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don’t know what to make of Ali al-Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books. The mobile bookstore is the latest in a series of efforts by the …

Whitehead’s ‘Underground Railroad’ wins fiction Pulitzer

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” his celebrated novel about an escaped slave that combined liberating imagination and brutal reality, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Monday’s announcement confirmed the book as the literary event of 2016, an Oprah Winfrey book club pick and critical favorite …

Dystopian fiction is selling like there’s no tomorrow

BOSTON (AP) — Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage. Gloomy classics depicting societies gone terribly wrong have shot to the top of best-seller lists like Amazon’s in recent months, including George Orwell’s “1984” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” prompting publishers to …

Hong Kong bishop hints at Vatican deal with China

BEIJING (AP) — The head of the Catholic church in Hong Kong has expressed optimism that the Vatican and Beijing can overcome the controversial issue of bishop appointments lying at the core of a decades-long dispute. Cardinal John Tong said in a lengthy essay published by the Hong Kong diocese …

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2015

Sometimes the act of dying, by itself, represents a type of victory. Such was the case for Richard “Dick” Walters, who was a leader in the effort to get the state of Vermont to pass aid-in-dying legislation. Diagnosed with lung cancer, Walters ultimately used the law to end his own …