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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Bob Dylan Shocks with Nobel Win; Elena Ferrante’s Secret Identity is Revealed; Reese Witherspoon’s Lifestyle Book; Dumbledore and Fantastic Beasts

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The past few weeks have been pretty exciting in the world of books, filled with shock, awe and secret identities. Here are those stories and more in this week’s book news roundup: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, indeed. Much to everyone’s surprise, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, October 13. The choice has sparked a hot debate among literary circles. After all, Dylan is a songwriter, and many don’t believe that lyrics should count as poetry. Others are throwing their support behind Dylan, pointing out that his lyrics are poetry, and that he more than deserves the award. Dylan also beat out hopefuls and literary giants Don DeLillo and…

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Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-winning voice against apartheid

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South African author and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer passed on Sunday, July 13 at the age of 90. Over seven decades Gordimer penned 15 novels and a plethora of short stories, making her one of the most widely recognized writers in the English language. A member of the African National Congress and a friend of Nelson Mandela—she was one of the first people he asked to see after his release from prison—Gordimer was born in South Africa to Jewish parents in 1923. She did not initially intend to write about apartheid. However, she found it nearly impossible to delve in to South African life and ignore the rampant oppression. Her work addressed the moral and political dilemmas of not…

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