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News stories from the book world in November 2004

November 2004

'Girl saves the world'

29 November 2004

There are signs that the old-fashioned romance genre is having to refashion itself to appeal to younger readers and to take account of changes in women's lives.  Read more

What price the first World city of Literature?

22 November 2004

No-one was more surprised than the members of the UK delegation who had worked to put in a bid for Edinburgh to become the first UNESCO City of Literature. Just after a grand party in Paris to launch the bid, it was announced that validation would be immediate, rather than there being six months to wait before the decision was made. But Edinburgh is ready.  Read more

Is there a community of writers?

15 November 2004

The American crime writer Sara Paretsky made a powerful appeal to the community of writers last week in a statement read out by her publisher when he collected the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for Blacklist on her behalf. Her words raise important issues about the treatment and role of the writer.   Read more

'Public libraries are on the verge of extinction'

8 November 2004

Last week a fresh attempt to set new standards in UK library provision was attacked by the library pressure group Libri.  Read more

Will authors threaten legal action?

1 November 2004

As everyone in the British book trade knows, Penguin UK's disastrous move to a new warehouse using the latest software system has already cost the company dear in terms of lost sales.  Read more