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Weekly Round-Up: March 16, 2018

Our round-up of key news affecting authors. In this week’s edition: Aaron Sorkin’s production of Mockingbird is being sued, National Book Award judges are named, and more…

Shakespeare and Company Is Coming Back to the West Side and the Village

The New York Times

Shakespeare and Company is opening two new stores this year as part of the resurgence of indie bookstores throughout New York. “We’re never going to beat Amazon at Amazon’s game, but I think there is a craving for going back to the old New York,” said Dane Neller, chief executive of Shakespeare and Company.

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’

The New York Times

Lee’s estate argues that the characters and plot in Aaron Sorkin’s broadway rendition of To Kill a Mockingbird is not remaining faithful to the spirit of the book.

Pepe the Frog Creator Brings Copyright Lawsuit

Southern Poverty Law Center

Matt Furie the artist of the cartoon and meme, Pepe the Frog, says he is filing the suit because he is “dismayed by Pepe’s association with white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and the alt-right.”

National Book Awards Judges Announced; Submission Process Opens    

Publishers Weekly

Submissions are now open for the National Book Foundation’s National Book Awards. Judges including Laila Lalami (Fiction), Guild Council Member Annette Gordon-Reed (Nonfiction), and Mary Jo Bank (Poetry) will announce their longlists in September and shortlists in October.

The 10 Most Famous Bookstores in the World

Literary Hub

From New York City to Santorini, did your favorite bookstore make the list of the ten most talked-about and visited bookstores?