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On The Books: Poet Amiri Baraka Dies; National Book Festival Moved

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A bit of melancholy news in the book world today: Amiri Baraka, African-American poet, academic and activist, died yesterday at age 79. [The Guardian]

If you’re looking for Washington’s National Book Festival, you’re not going to find it in the same spot that you used to: the Library of Congress finally confirmed rumors that the festival would move off the Mall and into the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The 2014 festival is set for Aug. 30. [The Washington Post]

Cal State Long Beach history professor Hugh Wilford debuted his new book America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East. In his narrative, Wilford explains how the historic term “the great game” helped shape the Middle East. [LA Times]

Finally, writer-artist Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, who most recently collaborated on the supernatural noir series Fatale, have inked a five-year publishing deal with Image Comics. Their first project will be titled The Fade Out and will focus on the death of a 1940’s starlet. [New York Times]