Posted on October 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Catch up quick with the bookish news of the past few days ... or take a deeper dive into each story. Your choice!
Actor and literacy activist LeVar Burton will now serve as host of the National Book Awards ceremony on November 15; Drew Barrymore was originally set to fill that role but was dropped after she said she'd keep filming her talk show during the Writers Guild of America's strike (NPR).
A developer used ChatGPT to write the remaining two books in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series over the summer, and IGN's review of the product deems it "not too bad."
Palestinian author and essayist Adania Shibli was supposed to receive an award for her novel Minor Detail at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, but organizers canceled that ceremony "due to the war in Israel," reports The New York Times ...
... and so in response, more than 350 authors (and many publishers) signed an open letter condemning that decision, which it describes as "shutting down” Palestinian voices, according to the Guardian.
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