On the Books: Diana Nyad to write memoir; Rand Paul accused of plagiarism

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This week’s books news starts off with a new memoir, a plagiarism accusation, and a hefty donation. Read on for the headlines:

Swimmer Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old who successfully swam from Cuba to Florida, will be writing a memoir for Knopf. “Her book will tell the story of an epic journey, and a quest, in the ocean and on land, to live life at the highest level,” said executive editor Jordan Pavlin in a press release. “Nyad is a tremendous spirit with a message for the world.”

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has been accused of plagiarizing not only Wikipedia but from the Heritage Foundation for his book Government Bullies. “I take it as an insult,” Paul said in response to the Wikipedia accusations. “I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting.” [Buzzfeed]

The winner of the U.K.’s Samuel Johnson Prize, worth £20,000, will be awarded tonight. Six titles are on the shortlist, including Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher. [The Telegraph]

What’s on your bookshelf? Capitol One Bank announced it will donate 50,000 books to schools in the U.S. through its Investing for Good project. [LA Times]

It’s November, which means it’s NaNoWriMo time — or National Novel Writing month for the uninitiated. To participate, simply write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, so ready, set, write! [USA Today]

In an op-ed, Felix Salmon asks whether Amazon is actually bad for publishers, given all the controversy surrounding Jeff Bezos, the company’s publishing guidelines, and the ongoing debate about the merit of e-books. [Reuters]

Not a must-read, but might be worth a quick look: the Jacket Party tumblr, whose user alters book covers to display “hidden” (sometimes NSFW) messages. [Tumblr]

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