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In this week’s addition: Booksellers continue to unionize, the publishers respond to the Internet Archive’s “controlled digital lending” appeal, AI attempts to translate books, and more.

Shelf Life Books in Richmond Unionizes
Publishers Weekly
Five Richmond booksellers have joined the list of those unionizing with the United Food & Commercial Workers Local.

US Publishers File Brief Opposing Internet Archive’s Appeal
Publishing Perspectives
Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Wiley filed a brief opposing the Internet Archive’s appeal of last year’s decision that found “controlled digital lending” to be copyright infringement.

Why Ban Books When You Can Ban Book Awards?: Suburban Illinois District Cancels Caudill Awards
Book Riot
The Rebecca Caudill Awards have been an opportunity for Illinois students to vote for their favorite books since 1988, but the Millburn School District has discontinued its participation because “there [is] no proof the list [isn’t] political.”

You’re Wrong About These Common Myths About Book Bans
Book Riot
Do book bans make kids rush to read books being banned? Do authors benefit financially from book bans? Book Riot explores the answers to these questions and more.

A Bronx Teacher Asked. Tommy Orange Answered.
The New York Times
Rick Ouimet, a 12th-grade English teacher in the Bronx, took the chance of inviting Tommy Orange, author of There There, to speak with his classroom of impassioned students—and Orange made it happen.

AI translation: how to train ‘the horses of enlightenment’
The Guardian
Some are trying to use AI to take the place of book translators, but failing to capture the art within the practice.

Here are the winners of this year’s National Book Critics Circle Awards.
Literary Hub
Judy Blume was honored with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, while the American Library Association won the Toni Morrison Achievement Award.

Telling Everything All at Once: A Conversation with Michael Ondaatje
Literary Hub
Michael Ondaatje, who began publishing his poetry in 1967, has released his first new collection in 25 years.