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JK Rowling’s New Book, A Casual Vacancy, Out in September 2012

  The Little, Brown Book Group, JK Rowling’s US publishers, announced the title of and release date for her new book yesterday. Here’s the official press release: THE CASUAL VACANCY BY J.K. Rowling Little, Brown Book Group announced yesterday that the new novel for adults by J.K. Rowling is entitled The Casual Vacancy.  The book will […]

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Costa Award Winners For 2011 Announced


Considered among the UK’s most prestigious literary awards, the winners of the individual Costa Awards have been announced. The official website states: The winner in each category receives £5,000, and then one of the five winning books is selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year, receiving a further £30,000, and making a total […]

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The Life and Death of Steve Jobs as told by Walter Isaacson

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When Steve Jobs passed away on the 5th of October this year, the world saw hundreds of thousands grieving for the great innovator, while detractors took the opportunity to revile him as a sweatshop-using megalomaniac. (I think the timing could have been better managed, regardless of the validity or not of such statements.) I admit that […]

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The controversy of The Help and the Mammy figure


The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett‘s The Help is currently on circuit in South Africa, and the book has enjoyed months on the New York Times bestseller list. While the movie deals with racism in 1960s America (which isn’t all that long ago), it might have an interesting angle for South Africans. After all, Eve of […]

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The Importance of the Man Booker Prize

There are so many awards every year for books, so why is the Man Booker so important? Huffington Post puts it best here: The prize is seen as a mark of literary quality – which means a guaranteed rise in book sales. Winning books are often optioned for movies, they get a huge amount of international […]

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