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McSweeney’s to Champion Print by Adopting Newspaper Format

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Online Only, posted 6.08.09

McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers says his quarterly’s next issue intends to prove the viability of print by adopting a newspaper format. Eggers made the announcement at an Authors Guild gathering in New York City last month, where he was being feted for his charity work with the nonprofit 826 National.

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Oxford Lexicographers Chart the Effects of Twitter

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Online Only, posted 6.05.09

Between January and April, Oxford University Press added 1.5 million public “tweets” to its Oxford English Corpus, a vast electronic database that collects examples of words in context. Among the findings: Language use on Twitter tends to focus on the self and the present, while the social networking service’s insistence on brevity gives rise to some creative solutions.

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NCAC Launches Free Speech Leadership Council

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Online Only, posted 6.04.09

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison was the featured guest at last night’s inauguration of the Free Speech Leadership Council, a new initiative organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). As part of the event, Morrison spoke with author Fran Lebowitz at the home of council chair and former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman in New York City.

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Tin House Celebrates Tenth Anniversary With Portland Literary Community

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Online Only, posted 6.03.09

Tin House magazine turns ten this year, and Literary Arts, a cultural organization located in the magazine’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, is gathering over a dozen notable writers to celebrate the occasion.

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Salinger Mounts Lawsuit Against Author of Catcher Sequel

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Online Only, posted 6.02.09

J. D. Salinger is taking legal action against the writer of an alleged sequel to The Catcher in the Rye.

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Google's Plan to Sell Digital Books Directly to Consumers

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Online Only, posted 6.01.09

One of the big stories out of BookExpo America, the annual book publishing event held this past weekend at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, was Google's discussions with publishers about its plans for a new e-book program.

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