Bob Dylan was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award to someone primarily seen as a musician. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Jan. 4 Copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio from 1623 begin touring all 50 states to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

Jan. 11 Matt de la Peña, author of “Last Stop on Market Street,” becomes the first Hispanic writer to receive the Newbery Medal.

Jan. 17 Scholastic Publishing halts distribution of “A Birthday Cake for George Washington,” by Ramin Ganeshram, after critics claim the picture book sanitizes the life of the president’s enslaved cook.

Feb. 10 The National Book Foundation announces that Lisa Lucas, the 36-year-old publisher of Guernica magazine, will become the organization’s third executive director.

Feb. 19 Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” dies at 89.

Feb. 19 Umberto Eco, an Italian semiotician best known for his medieval mystery “The Name of the Rose,” dies at 84.

March 4 Pat Conroy, the South Carolina author best known for his novels “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini,” dies at 70.

March 17 Margo Jefferson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic, wins a National Book Critics Circle Award for her memoir “Negroland.”

March 26 Jim Harrison, best known for his novella “Legend of the Fall,” dies at 78.

March 31 Hungarian author Imre Kertesz, who received the Nobel Prize in literature in 2002, dies at 86.

April 6 Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, the creators of HBO’s “Girls,” announce plans to publish books under a new Random House imprint called Lenny.

April 18 Lin-Manuel Miranda wins the Pulitzer Prize for drama for the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

June 10 “Genius,” starring Colin Firth and Jude Law, debuts in theaters. The film recounts the friendship between editor Maxwell Perkins and author Thomas Wolfe.

July 2 Elie Wiesel , a Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of “Night,” which recounts his experiences at Auschwitz, dies at 87.

July 17 An English bookworm who in 2012 expressed her love for the Twitter account manager of a Waterstones bookstore in London marries him.

July 27 James Alan McPherson, the first black writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for “Elbow Room,” dies at 72.

July 23 For the first time, a Hemingway — Dave Hemingway, no relation to the famous writer — wins theHemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Fla.

July 30 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” based on a story by J.K. Rowling, officially premieres in London to sellout crowds. The script, released the next day, becomes the best-selling book of the year.

Aug. 2 Oprah announces that Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” is her next book-club pick, and publication of the novel is moved up by six weeks.

Aug. 19 Former Navy Seal Matt Bissonnette, who participated in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, agrees to forfeit $6.8 million in earnings from his memoir, “No Easy Day,” because the book had not been cleared by the Pentagon.

Aug. 20 N.K. Jemisin, author of “The Fifth Season,” becomes the first black writer to win the Hugo Award for best novel from the World Science Fiction society.

Aug. 22 Donald Trump tweets, “The @WashingtonPost quickly put together a hit job book on me- comprised of copies of some of their inaccurate stories. Don’t buy, boring!” The book, “Trump Revealed,” by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, is released the next day.

Sept. 3 Anna Dewdney, author of children’s classics “Llama Llama Red Pajama” and “Llama Llama Mad at Mama” dies at 50. In place of a funeral, she requested that people read to children.

Sept. 8 Books for America , a Washington-based nonprofit bookstore that helped schools, shelters and other organizations, closes after 14 years.

Sept. 14 Carla Hayden is sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress, becoming the first African American and the first woman to hold the position.

Sept. 16 Edward Albee, best known for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, dies at 88.

Sept. 16 W.P. Kinsella, author of the novel “Shoeless Joe,” which was adapted into the film “Field of Dreams,” dies at 81.

Sept. 22 James Patterson cancels plans to publish a thriller called “The Murder of Stephen King,” announcing, “I do not want to cause Stephen King or his family any discomfort.”

Sept. 24 Marilynne Robinson receives the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at the National Book Festival in Washington.

Oct. 2 An Italian reporter claims that Elena Ferrante, author of the popular Neapolitan novels, is actually Rome-based translator Anita Raja.

Oct. 13 Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize in literature but waits weeks before acknowledging the honor. The Swedish Academy subsequently announces that Dylan will not attend the awards ceremony.

Oct. 24 Oxford University Press announces that it will credit Christopher Marlowe as co-author of the three Henry VI plays in its new edition of William Shakespeare’s works.

Oct. 25 Paul Beatty becomes the first American to receive Britain’s Man Booker Prize, awarded to “The Sellout,” a satirical novel about racism.

Nov. 1 Emma Watson leaves about 100 copies of Maya Angelou’s “Mom & Me & Mom” on the London Tube to promote her online book club, Our Shared Shelf.


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