By Shirley Li
Updated October 14, 2013 at 02:56 PM EDT
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This weekend’s news featured a debate about the content of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, several upcoming anniversaries, and a philanthropic teenager. Read on for more of the top book headlines:

A New Mexico school district temporarily removed Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from library shelves after a local mother complained the book — which is required reading at the high school — had mature content. [KASA Fox]

Pulitzer-winning author Oscar Hijuelos died at 62. [EW]

Madeline author John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of the original author Ludwig Bemelmans, talked the book’s origins for the series’ upcoming 75th birthday. [LA Times]

The 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination is also coming up next month, and Marc Ambinder rounded up his favorite new non-fiction titles about JFK and his family. [The Week]

ICYMI in book deal news: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publisher Bruce Nichols acquired world rights to a book on resilience by former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar Eric Greitens. More deals from the past week are rounded up over at Publishers Weekly.

In other news, a 13-year-old girl from Minnesota donated 1 million books to kids in need. [Huffington Post]

On to some must-reads for today: The “Not the Booker prize” — an unofficial honor awarded by The Guardian‘s readers — went to Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. [The Guardian]

Check out the history of the world’s libraries with James Campbell. [Financial Times]

And finally, if you’re curious and not Franco-ed out: Here are James Franco’s six favorite books. [The Week]


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