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Author Tom Clancy, best known for The Hunt for Red October, has died at 66. Follow our developing report here.

In other books news, the U.S. government shutdown is affecting federal libraries, and Scribd has started an e-books service. Read on for more of today’s top books headlines:

Michael Symmons Roberts won the Forward Prize for Poetry for Drysalter, his collection of 150 poems that are all 15 lines. [The Telegraph]

The ongoing U.S. government shutdown not only closed the Library of Congress but also its online counterpart. [LA Times]

Scribd has launched a “Netflix for Books,” a subscription service where you can “stream” digital copies. [Wired]

Nope, we’re still not done with the Man Booker controversy: Jim Crace, one of the the authors on this year’s shortlist, warns that the inclusion of American writers makes the prize seem “less essential in England.” [The Telegraph]

Mao’s Little Red Book — the world’s second most published book, behind the Bible — will be reissued in China this November. [The Guardian]

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and the just-released The Signature of All Things, talked literary snobbery in an interview. Here’s a snippet:

“If we’ve somehow internalized this idea that it’s disgraceful or lacking in seriousness to discuss our feelings, our dreams, the ways in which we want to become better human beings — either that somehow those are trivial topics, and of course they are not all; they’re the big topics, the only topics — if we’ve somehow decided that that’s going to subject us to ridicule or dismissal then that’s kind of our own fault, I think.” [Slate]

Your turn to be the news: The New York Times is inviting readers to share memories of the first illicit thing they’ve ever read. Don’t be shy, submit. [The New York Times]

And to end your morning, here’s your must-read list of the day: David Bowie picks his 100 favorite books. [The Telegraph]

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