On the Books: Guantanamo detainee pens column on censorship after being denied Russell Brand's book; Pearson's non-profit arm reaches $7.7 million settlement

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Censorship, a settlement, and self-improvement — all topics in today’s book news. Read on for the top headlines:

Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer dictated a column for the New Statesman about the prison’s censorship after he was denied from reading Russell Brand’s Booky Wook 2. [New Statesman]

The Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit arm of educational publishing giant Pearson Inc., has said it will pay a $7.7 million settlement over allegations that it was used to advance its parent company. [The Wall Street Journal]

The Dictionary of American Regional English is now available online — but only for subscribers. [DARE]

British novelist Colin Wilson, known for 1956’s The Outsider, has died at age 82. [BBC News]

The Books for a Better Life Awards, which honor self-improvement authors, unveiled its finalists, including authors Michael Moss, Naoki Higashida, and Temple Grandin. [Publishers Weekly]

In other news, Beyoncé dropped her surprise album last night, with a track called “Flawless” featuring Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah. [Colorlines]

Here’s a headline you don’t see every day: “Online publications see a future in print.” Matt Pearce explores the flipside to the “print is dead” belief, writing that “some of the very people who helped pioneer online-only journalism and criticism” have begun to head back to print, including Pitchfork.com and the Los Angeles Review of Books. [LA Times]

Alice Gregory delves into what it takes to write about anorexia, “the Impossible Subject,” considering how modern books tend to only tackle the subject in first person. [The New Yorker]

Up for debate: Should the term “long-form” be used? The Atlantic‘s editor-in-chief James Bennet penned an essay arguing against calling lengthy articles “long-form” journalism. [The Atlantic]

In case you’re curious, here are Bill Gates’ favorite books of 2013, mostly non-fiction works about the modern world. [The Verge]


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