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Biggest stories of 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, it's time to look back at the year in books. Nationwide, the biggest story was the growth of e-books, and the growing acceptance of readers such as the Kindle and nook -- as well as the publishing world's chaotic reaction.

Among the big prize winners were Herta Muller (Nobel) and Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer for fiction).

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Edgar Allan Poe was also a big winner. In Baltimore (and Philadelphia, Richmond and Boston), it was a year to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth. In December, his works set records at a Christie's auction. A first edition of his first poetry book sold for $662,500 and some hand-written poetry sold for $830,500.

On as sadder note, the literary world said goodbye to authors including John Updike, Frank McCourt, J.G. Ballard, Dominick Dunne, E. Lynn Harris and Sheila Lukins.

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