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British lit prizes, reading habits, and more

  • The shortlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced, and six young writers are in line to win the £60,000 (approximately $114,000 CAD) prize. The global award, given biennially, was established to promote writing among young people.
  • A Montana judge has sentenced 74-year-old James Brubaker to 30 months in jail for stealing books and documents from over 100 U.S. and Alberta libraries. Brubaker hit the University of Calgary, and some of his booty included “an eight volume facsimile recreation of the original journals of the Lewis and Clark voyages worth more than $2,000.”