On the Books: Michael Hastings' novel to be published posthumously; 'Morning Joe' to announce National Book Awards finalists

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Michael Hastings, the 33-year-old journalist who died in a car crash in June, will have his novel published. Meanwhile, Amazon is facing labor disputes overseas in Germany. Read on for more of the top books news from this weekend:

Hastings’ novel, The Last Magazine, will be published posthumously next summer by Blue Rider Press. [The New York Times]

Mark your calendars: The National Book Foundation will be announcing this year’s finalists for the National Book Awards October 16 on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “Making the announcement on television gave us a whole new audience for these great books, and expanding the literary audience is our main goal,” Foundation Chairman David Steinberger said in the press release.

Overseas, Amazon’s German warehouse workers have threatened to strike over their pay. [Reuters]

Also in Germany: The Frankfurt Book Fair — the world’s largest book fair — saw an influx of publishing start-ups. [Yahoo!]

Probably common knowledge, but worth noting: A USA Today and Bookish poll found that using e-books is changing reading habits. According to the poll, 35 percent of those with reading devices say they’re reading more than before. [USA Today]

On to some revealing books sound bites: Authors Karen Russell and Junot Diaz talked about their preference for genre and fantasy works at a panel Friday night. [The New Yorker]

Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying, the book that introduced “a new kind of female protagonist” 40 years ago, spoke with NPR. [NPR]

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