Junot Díaz steps down as Pulitzer prize chairman amid misconduct allegations

The Pulitzer board says it will launch a review of allegations made against the author

The Pulitzer prize board has said it will launch an independent review of the misconduct allegations against Junot Díaz, and that the author will relinquish the role of chairman of the board.

The board said in a statement on Thursday that Díaz, a Pulitzer prize-winning author and creative writing professor, had asked to relinquish the chairman role, to which he was elected in April on the basis of seniority.

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Emma Cline countersues after ex claims she used spyware to plagiarise his work

Author of The Girls is being sued by former boyfriend, who alleges that her bestselling novel about a Manson-style cult uses material from his own writing

An ex-boyfriend of author Emma Cline has filed a lawsuit claiming that she plagiarised parts of her bestselling novel The Girls by using spyware to access his email and other accounts.

The novelist, who vehemently denies the claims, said in a countersuit that the allegations are the “ludicrous” acts of a man who is jealous of her success and are part of a two-year assault on her mental health and literary reputation.

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James Comey, casualty of Trump’s ‘Russia thing’, signs $2m book deal

The former FBI director, sacked in wake of clash with the US president, promises insights into the ‘highest-stakes situations’ of his career The former FBI director James Comey has signed a $2m (£1.5m) deal for a book about leadership and decision-making that will draw on his career in government, which included the high-profile drama leading up to his sacking from Donald Trump’s administration. According to the publisher, Comey will tell how he handled the bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the allegations of ties between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign. Continue reading...

Barack and Michelle Obama sign record book deals with Penguin Random House

Books by former president and first lady said to have been sold for more than $60m and will focus on White House years Barack and Michelle Obama have signed book deals with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, for which several publishers had competed, although the Financial Times reported that bidding reached more than $60m – a record sum for US presidential memoirs. Continue reading...

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lauren Groff amid National Book Critics Circle prize finalists

New Yorker literary critic James Wood, memoirist Helen McDonald and poet Terrance Hayes also among 30 nominees announced Monday Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies are finalists for the National Book Critics Circle prize.
The New Yorker’s literary critic, James Wood, the memoirist Helen MacDonald and the poet Terrance Hayes are also among the 30 nominees announced Monday. The NBCC selected five finalists in each of six competitive categories, ranging from fiction to autobiography. Continue reading...

Chile admits Pablo Neruda might have been murdered by Pinochet regime

The government has acknowledged that the Nobel-prize winning poet may not have died from cancer but said experts were still examining the claims

Chile’s government has acknowledged that Nobel-prize winning poet Pablo Neruda might have been killed after the 1973 coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power.

The interior ministry released a statement on Thursday amid press reports that Neruda might not have died of cancer as previously believed.

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Joy Harjo wins $100,000 poetry prize

Poet of Muskogee Creek heritage wins Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American Poets for ‘proven mastery’

Poet Joy Harjo, known for wedding social consciousness to her Muskogee Creek heritage and the south-west American landscape, has won a $100,000 prize for lifetime achievement.

Harjo, 64, received the Wallace Stevens award for “proven mastery”, the Academy of American Poets announced on Thursday. The academy praised Harjo for her “visionary justice-seeking art” and for transforming “bitterness to beauty” and “trauma to healing”.

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Go Set a Watchman sells over 1m copies in the US and Canada

Despite many readers’ disparaging criticism, Harper Lee’s ‘lost’ novel has become HarperCollins’ fastest selling book with 1.1m in first-week sales and preorders

Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for To Kill a Mockingbird and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. But Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is still a million seller.

HarperCollins announced Monday that Go Set a Watchman in its combined print, electronic and audio formats has sold 1.1m copies in the US and Canada, a figure which includes first-week sales and months of preorders.

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