Posted on November 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

People who think reading and books are boring are clearly oh-so-wrong, for many reasons.

We have two salacious stories from the world of literature for your amusement or antagonization … 

The Guardian reports that Donald Trump Junior’s new book, Triggered, appears to have topped the New York Times’s nonfiction bestseller list thanks to bulk sales.

One possible source of those sales: the Republican National Committee was offering signed copies of Triggered in exchange for donations, according to an Associated Press reporter, though the RNC insisted it was ordering to keep up with demand only.

In response to the Times's asterisk on Triggered's bestseller status, Trump Jr.’s publisher told Page Six that it wasn’t aware of third-party sales, while the writer himself went to Twitter to express his outrage.

While bulk orders are normal in the book industry, according to what the Times told Fortune magazine, hearing which sources the Nobel Prize judges consulted is … not exactly common.

But that’s what two Nobel jurors have done to explain how writer Peter Handke — who has expressed some controversial views on Balkan conflicts, including denying the Serbian genocide of Bosnian Muslims — won their votes.

The Intercept reports that these jurors cited two books only available in German, and that both books “defend Handke’s skepticism over the scale of Serb atrocities, and they endorse Handke’s argument that news reports in the 1990s were unfair to Serbs.”

Take a much deeper dive into how these conspiracy theorists affected a prestigious literary prize on the Intercept.

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