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#1 New York Times Bestseller Fire and Fury Speeds up Printing Before Impending Legal Action

US publisher Henry Holt, released Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House on January 5, in an attempt to sell more copies of the book before a possible cease of its publication by a legal action. The book was released by the publisher four days before the predetermined deadline after a threat of legal action by US President Donald Trump to stop its publication. Michael Wolff’s amusing, incisive, and maybe not-so-surprising exposé on the Trump administration highlights unflattering descriptions of Trump’s behaviour and chaotic interactions among senior White House staff. The controversial book portrays the US President...

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First Book by Advisor to Gates Foundation

Penguin imprint Allen Lane is to publish a book on “global nationalism” by Hassan Damluji, Head of Middle East Relations at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The book, Damluji’s first, will be entitled Future Nation and will explore “the possibility of a truly global nation”.  Casiana Ionita, editorial director at Penguin Press in London, acquired world English rights from agent Chris Wellbelove at Aitken Alexander. Damluji said: “Nationalism emerged two hundred years ago in places where the rapid exchange of people and ideas laid the foundations for a broader identity that went beyond the village or region.  Today,...

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International Publishers Back Macmillan Over Trump ‘Cease and Desist’ Threats

The International Publishers Association has thrown its full support behind US publisher Macmillan and its CEO, John Sargent, for their firm stand in the face of pressure from United States President Donald Trump to halt publication of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s book on the Trump White House. The IPA sees Trump’s attempt to stop publication of Wolff’s book as a new and worrying development for the USA, a longstanding bastion of freedom of expression. Although it is clear that the US Constitution protects Wolff and his publisher, it is of grave concern when a US President seeks to...

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IPA Reveals 2018 Prix Voltaire Shortlist

The International Publishers Association (IPA) today announces the shortlist for the 2018 IPA Prix Voltaire, which rewards exemplary courage in upholding the freedom to publish and in enabling others to exercise their right to freedom of expression. The IPA Freedom to Publish Committee (FtPC) is responsible for picking the shortlist and final winner. The nine-strong body of publishing professionals from Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates felt the following nominees, in alphabetical order, deserved to go through to this year’s shortlist: Chowdhury, Ahmedur Rashid (Bangladesh) Medjo, Lewis (Cameroon) Miklós, Tamás (Hungary) Minhai,...

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University of Texas Provides Free Online Márquez Archive

In keeping with its mission to promote renowned Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, the University of Texas has announced it is providing a free online archive of 27,500 items in English and Spanish including photos, letters, diaries, manuscripts, unpublished work and drafts of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ and ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’. The Harry Ransom Centre, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at the university in Austin, bought the material for USD 2.2 million in November 2014, shortly after the death of the author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982....

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