The 79-year-old Canadian author, who has written over 40 works of fiction including the famous book "The Handmaiden's Tale", received the Order of the Companions Award which is held by only 65 people at one time.
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo have split the Booker Prize, after the judging panel ripped up the rulebook and refused to name a single winner for the prestigious fiction trophy.
The music romance "A Star Is Born" earns Bradley Cooper a nod for best actor, Lady Gaga for best actress and Sam Elliott for best supporting actor with its fourth nomination being for the best cast.
US Supreme Court declines to hear challenge by group of authors who claim that Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for online library violates copyright law
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