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A Growing Grassroots Backlash To Book Bans

As the new school year begins, parents of public school students in Miami have become more engaged than ever in resisting the mandate of the DeSantis administration. - The Guardian

English Evolves By Mistake

Susie Dent "is on a mission to revive English’s lost positives' – words such as 'feckful,' 'couth,' ruly' and 'full of gorm.' In modern English, they survive only in their negative forms, but once, we aspired to be ruthful (full of compassion) or ept." - The Guardian (UK)

Jeff Jarvis Admits He Was Wrong About The Death Of Books

Print books are actually doing pretty well, no thanks to Google. - The Atlantic

Why Authors Are Suing Open AI

Chat bots are trained by millions of hours of human blood, sweat, tears, and typing - and these authors want compensation. - Fast Company

Little Poems For Giacometti

Wait, why aren't we all writing poems about art? - LitHub

Death Of The Literary Feud

Literary feuds were a regular and entertaining occurrence in the British literary scene. When writers argued, the reading public looked on with the grin of schadenfreude. We all know the canonical examples. John le Carré and Salman Rushdie’s 1997 shouting match in the letters section of The Guardian. - The Critic

Booker Prize Shortlist: Only One UK Author Gets On

None of the six authors have been shortlisted for the prize before. - The Guardian

Why Two Big AI Companies Are Hiring Poets And Fiction Writers

"A string of job postings from high-profile training data companies, such as Scale AI and Appen, are recruiting poets, novelists, playwrights, or writers with a PhD or master’s degree. Dozens more seek general annotators with humanities degrees, or years of work experience in literary fields." - Rest of World

Independent Booksellers Have Started Using TikTok As A Marketing Platform

"Bookstore owners and staffers agreed that TikTok increases their visibility when they make a concerted effort to use it. … Though it's time-consuming to monitor and to apply tags and trending sounds strategically, those contacted for this article said sustained engagement is worthwhile." - Publishers Weekly

224-Year-Old Virginia Library In Danger Of Shutting Over Book-Banning Fight

The library was founded in 1799 and counts itself as the second oldest in the state. It is separate from county government even though it relies on $1 million annually from Warren County to supply 75% of its budget. - AP News

Grisham, Franzen, George R.R. Martin Lead A Third Lawsuit By Authors Against Open AI

"The Authors Guild — led by authors including George R.R. Martin, Jonathan Franzen and John Grisham — sued OpenAI, accusing the company of engaging 'in a systematic course of mass-scale copyright infringement.' … The legal action is at least the third over the company using copyrighted books to train its system." - The Hollywood Reporter

Library In Washington State Wins Lawsuit, Is Saved From Possible Closure Over Culture War Book Bans

"The Dayton library – which was on the verge of becoming the first library in the country to shutter over disputes about what books it offers – will remain open after a Columbia County court Wednesday barred an initiative to close the library from appearing on the November ballot." - Yahoo! (The Seattle Times)

The Books You Always Meant To Read (But Haven’t)

Librarians and teachers, self-professed fans of lengthy, complex tomes, and even bookstore owners have similar tales of woe. Some of the books on the list are precisely what one might expect. - Washington Post

Gloria Steinem Remembers The Debut Issue Of Ms. Magazine

"I didn’t know what the response would be, especially on newsstands, with no precedent or place for a women’s magazine that wasn’t about home, family, and children. The response was shocking. (The first issue) sold out in eight days. Soon, bags of mail began arriving in our offices." - Literary Hub

TikTok Stars Are The New Saviors Of The Cookbook Industry

"Several TikTok creators, many of them with little or no professional cooking experience, have gone from tinkering in their home kitchens to topping best-seller lists in a remarkably short time. In the process, they've shot a jolt of energy into a sagging cookbook market." - The New York Times

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