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Films Based on Books Win Oscars, the Man Asian Literary Prize Undergoes a Major Change, and More

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Online Only, posted 3.08.10

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Four films based on books picked up Academy Awards last night. (Early Word)

The Indie and Small Press Book Fair in New York City had plenty of attractions for readers last weekend. If only the readers had shown up in greater numbers. (Los Angeles Times)

In order to sidestep what he considers negative changes in the publishing industry, acclaimed author John Edgar Wideman is releasing his new collection of short stories through Lulu.com, a self-publishing and print-on-demand service. (Publishers Weekly)

The Man Asian Literary Prize has undergone major restructuring this year: The prize is now awarded for a novel "written by a citizen of an Asian country and first published in English in 2010," rather than for a novel previously unpublished in English. 

A recent survey found that English faculty still earn the lowest average salary of any university discipline, tucked in right behind "parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies." Seriously. (Chronicle

The New York Times celebrates the unique and even "revolutionary" experience of reading books on a Kindle.

A Chinese official caused a bit of a kerfuffle by criticizing the poetry of the sixth Dalai Lama, a seventeenth-century figure whose birthplace is at the center of a land dispute with India. (Times of India

Britain's new trend of "super-libraries" is meeting with some resistance among the citizenry. (Guardian)

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