Posted on January 12, 2024 at 12:00 PM 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!

  • Edward Jay Epstein, author of books that challenged the Warren Commission and the perception of Edward Snowden as a whistle-blower, has died at the age of eighty-eight (The New York Times).

  • A record 152 library systems and consortia across seven countries saw over one million digital lends in 2023, according to OverDrive; that's up from 129 such groups hitting the mark in 2022 (Publishers Weekly).

  • The Oxford English Dictionary's quarterly update includes the addition of "wokery,” “safe word,” “forever chemical,” and “swear box" (The Guardian).

  • A number of writers, including recent Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux, are boycotting German state-funded associations over the country's response to pro-Palestinian advocacy (Literary Hub).

  • Speaking of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute — The Palestinian Authority minister of culture will publish a day-by-day account of life in Gaza since October 7, in English, on or around February 8 (The Guardian).

  • The weekly roundup of book bans and challenges opens with a lengthy piece on how bans have not stopped at school institutions and how they will continue to spread (Book Riot).

Categories: Today in Books

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