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The Oxford Dictionary Word Of The Year Is… Today In Books

The Oxford Dictionary Word Of The Year Is…

It has been a year so really there were quite a few options I would have guessed could be the Oxford Word of the Year: “a word or expression shown through usage evidence to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.” And the winner is “climate emergency,” which by September was more than 100 times more commonly used than the previous year and beat out all other words used to modify “emergency.”

Rare Virginia Woolf Materials

Rare correspondence, unique photographs, original artwork, printed books, and ephemera have been acquired by the New York Public Library to add to their Virginia Woolf library collection. “With this new acquisition, The New York Public Library holds what is arguably the most complete and important collection of Virginia Woolf material in the world.”


Last night at the 2019 National Book Awards–hosted by LeVar Burton–awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature were announced! Special awards were also handed out, like John Waters presenting novelist and activist Edmund White with the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters awards.