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On the Books: 'Washington Times' ends Rand Paul's column

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Rand Paul’s column for The Washington Times is no more, while outside the U.S., Lynn Coady won Canada’s top literary award, and the U.K. finalizes its judging panel for the Baileys Women’s Prize. Read on for more of today’s top books headlines:

The Washington Times has ended Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s weekly column following plagiarism accusations over his book. According to the Times, the decision was mutual. [The Washington Times]

Canadian writer Lynn Coady nabbed Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary award, for her short story collection Hellgoing. [Scotiabank Prize Official Site]

More prize news: The U.K.’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 announced its judging panel. The five female panelists include historian Mary Bear, author Caitlin Moran, writer Denise Mina, BBC broadcaster Sophie Raworth, as well as Helen Fraser, former managing director of Penguin Books UK and chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust, who will chair the panel. [The Telegraph]

The crowd-funding campaign for the creation of a Museum of Science Fiction has gone live on indiegogo.com, with a goal of raising $166,000 for a preview museum in Washington, D.C. [Indiegogo]

Stephen King’s 2006 novel Cell will be made into a film adaptation starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack. [LA Times]

Bad news of the day: 98 British publishers folded last year because of the rise of e-books and digital discounts. [The Guardian]

Stateside, a beloved local bookstore — the Munchkin Book Shop — in Toledo, Ohio, is closing after 32 years of business, and owner Barbara Kerschner is figuring out what to do with the shop’s 150,000 books, the majority of which are romance novels. [Toledo Blade]

On to some must-reads:  Joan Acocella explores the new translation of Boccaccio’s The Decameron and its portrayal of “unfraught sex” in an essay. “Today’s audience can perhaps understand the adultery that is rampant in the Decameron, especially since, at that time, most marriages were still arranged by families… But many readers, however amused, have also been taken aback by tales like Peronella’s, and the Decameron overflows with such material,” she writes. “This is probably the dirtiest great book in the Western canon.” [The New Yorker]

The Crime Writers Association has deemed Agatha Christie the best ever author. Do you agree? [The Telegraph]

Simon Savidge, co-founder of the Green Carnation prize celebrating LGBT literature, argues for an LGBT book award. [The Guardian]