June 22, 2020

Court refuses to block publication of Bolton memoir

Jun 21 2020 A federal judge on Saturday rejected the Department of Justice's motion for a temporary restraining order blocking publication of former national security adviser John Bolton's memoir The Room Where It Happened, paving the way for the book's publication next week. But in his decision, judge Royce Lamberth suggested that Bolton still faces stiff penalties—including the loss of his royalties and potential criminal prosecution—for his "unilateral" decision to push ahead with publication without a formal release from government reviewers. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of ‘The Shadow of the Wind,’ dies at 55

Jun 22 2020 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, whose mystery novel The Shadow of the Wind became one of the best-selling Spanish books of all time, died on Friday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 55. His death was announced by his Spanish publishing house, Planeta. His literary agent, Antonia Kerrigan, said the cause was colon cancer, which he had been battling for two years. Source: New York Times More News Stories

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Reopening your bookshop? You need OODA

Bookshops are currently overwhelmed with advice, support and well-meaning individuals offering ideas and 'tips' on what to do. A few months ago, booksellers might have been considering author events, boosting literacy and how to be greener. Now, the 'strategic space' within which their businesses operate has shrunk to the narrow window of: how do we re-open and keep open? This is 'you have one job' territory.

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