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Experts Found Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda Was Poisoned

Forensic experts have determined that Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda died of poisoning nearly 50 years ago. For years, the official position was that Neruda died of complications from prostate cancer, but the poet’s driver has argued for decades that Neruda was poisoned. Several years ago, international forensics disregarded the official cause of death as cachexia, or weakness and wasting of the body due to chronic illness (such as cancer). But at the time, they had no answers for what had actually killed the poet.

Tor Publishing Announces New Romantic Imprint, Bramble

Devi Pillai, president and publisher at Tor Publishing, has announced a new romantic imprint for the publishing company, Bramble. The imprint aims to publish a wide range of romantic stories across genres: “From science fiction and fantasy to contemporary and family saga, romance belongs in every genre and every genre belongs in Bramble.” Of the new imprint, Pillai said, “Tor Publishing Group is the gold standard of genre publishing and it’s the perfect time to have an imprint dedicated to romance. Bramble will be the destination for exceptional love stories of all kinds. Expanding into romance gives our team and our readers another chance to do what we do best: get obsessed! Plus, let’s be real, I just want to publish more books I love to read!”

Here are the Finalists for the $50K Gotham Book Prize

The Gotham Book Prize, an annual award that celebrates the best writing about New York City, has announced its eleven 2023 finalists. Here are this year’s finalists: Activities of Daily Living by Lisa Hsiao Chen, An Honest Living by Dwyer Murphy, Big Girl, Mecca by Jamilah Sullivan, Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham, Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez, Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion by Bushra Rehman, The Deceptions by Jill Bialosky, The Sewing Girl’s Tale by John Wood Sweet, Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana, Three Muses by Martha Anne Toll, and Trust by Hernan Diaz. The winner will be chosen by a jury of “leading New Yorkers and authors,” including Stephanie Danler, Tom Healy, Melissa Rivero, and Safiya Sinclair. The winner will receive $50,000 at an event this spring.

8 Essential Queer Black History Books

Let these books act as doorways into a yearlong project of reading and exploring Black queer history.