2012: Books and Authors In the News
- Jan. 23
- March 13
After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica announces it will go all-digital and stop printing bound volumes.
- April 16
Pulitzer Prize board declines to award a prize for fiction this year.
- May 1
Robert Caro releases the fourth volume of his biography of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
- May 2
A celebration is held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to mark the 350th anniversary of the Anglican “Book of Common Prayer.”
- June 7
Mississippi poet Natasha Trethewey becomes the 19th poet laureate of the United States.
- June 25
The Folger Shakespeare Library releases the Bard’s canon in e-book format.
- June 26
Nora Ephron, the essayist and screenwriter, dies at 71.
- July 10
Scribner releases a version of Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” that includes that author’s 47 alternative endings.
- July 31
Gore Vidal, novelist, essayist and intellectual pugilist, dies at 86.
- Aug. 2
After New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer is caught self-plagiarizing and fabricating quotes, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt begins recalling his book “Imagine” from shelves.
In a particularly robust month, Michael Chabon, Junot Diaz, Ken Follett and Zadie Smith release novels.
- Sept. 4
A Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Ladenreleases his accountof events under the pseudonym Mark Owen. The Pentagon threatens legal action.
- Sept. 20
Wal-Mart stops selling Amazon Kindles.
- Sept. 27
J.K. Rowling follows up on the Harry Potter series by publishing an adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” about a political dispute in a British hamlet. The book sells 375,000 copies across all formats in its first six days on the U.S. market.
- Oct. 3
Marjorie Scardino announces she will step down as chief executive of Pearson, which owns Penguin. Her departure puts the large publishing house’s future in doubt.
- Oct. 11
Chinese novelist Mo Yan receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- Oct. 16
- Oct. 29
Book publishers Random House and Penguin announce plans to explore a merger that would form the largest consumer book publishing house in the world.
- Nov. 14
The National Book Foundation gives its outstanding service award to Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., chairman and publisher of the New York Times, for his book section’s contributions to American literature.
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