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    As part of the Baker and Taylor Group, James Bennett is excited by the announcement today of the acquisition of Baker & Taylor by Follett Corporation. Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content to schools and university retail markets in the USA. Bringing together Baker & Taylor and Follett creates the world's largest source for books, entertainment, digital content and multi-media, and gives libraries, schools and retailers the tools to access, manage and deliver physical and digital content wherever learning and reading take place. James Bennett will continue to operate as part of the...

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    The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) today announced the list of Notable Books (also known as the Long List) for the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. CBCA National Chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM said, "Once again the CBCA is excited about the diversity and quality of Australian children's books, with themes this year of war, refugees and fantasy. It’s wonderful to see more books of poetry and once again, outstanding illustrations. There were over 400 books entered this year, the largest category was for Younger Readers with 122 submissions. Clearly there is a real depth of talent...

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    Harper Lee, the elusive novelist whose child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, "To Kill a Mockingbird", became standard reading for millions of young people and an Oscar-winning film, has died. She was 89. "To Kill a Mockingbird" was published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and became a classic of American literature. The book tells the tale of a white lawyer defending a black man accused of rape in the Deep South. It sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and 55 years after it was published, in 2015, she released the sequel,...

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    The celebrated Italian intellectual Umberto Eco has been remembered as a master of Italian culture after his death at the age of 84. Though he found fame for blockbuster medieval mystery “The Name of the Rose” – which sold more than 10 million copies in 30 languages – he had been publishing works since the 1950s. “The Name of the Rose”, a medieval detective novel set in an Italian abbey, follows Brother William of Baskerville as he investigates a series of suspicious deaths. The novel captured imaginations globally and was turned into a film starring Sean Connery as William. Eco, who also...

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    A new Harry Potter script book by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany based on a forthcoming play by Jack Thorne opening in London in July is set to be released mid-year. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was written to be enjoyed on the stage and is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and takes place 18 years after the events of the original series. Harry is now an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father to three school-aged children. His youngest son Albus struggles with the weight of the family legacy...

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    The Age and Sydney Morning Herald have shared the Civica survey results regarding the most borrowed books from Victorian public libraries. In the survey of 40 libraries, the most popular category is - not surprisingly - fiction! You'll find the Top 10 list of titles below. The survey also found that more 1.1 million people (19% of Victoria's population) borrowed a "physical library item" in the financial year 2014-15. Bookseller & Publisher delved into the survey further and highlighted that Helen Garner's "This House of Grief" was the only nonfiction title in the top 10. Other popular nonfiction titles were books...

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