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Debut Novelist Rawi Hage Wins IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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Online Only, posted 6.13.08

Dublin mayor Paddy Bourke announced yesterday that Rawi Hage has won the 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the most lucrative prize given for a single work of fiction published in English, for his first novel, De Niro’s Game (House of Anansi Press, 2006). He received 100,000 euros (approximately $155,000).

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Novelist Indra Sinha Joins Hunger Strike in New Delhi

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Online Only, posted 6.12.08

Indra Sinha, author of the novel Animal's People (Simon & Schuster, 2008), began a hunger strike on Tuesday to protest the Indian government's neglect of victims of the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster, the event at the heart of his Booker Prize-nominated book, the Guardian recently reported. Sinha traveled from his home in London to New Delhi to join nine other protestors, seven of whom have been affected by contamination of air and water around the disaster site.

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Denis Johnson’s New Novel to Be Serialized in Playboy

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Online Only, posted 6.11.08

Denis Johnson, whose epic novel Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) won the 2007 National Book Award in fiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will begin testing new literary waters this summer with a serial novel, written on deadline for and published in installments in Playboy.

 

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HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman Resigns

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Online Only, posted 6.06.08

Less than a month after it was reported that Random House CEO Peter Olson would be stepping down from his post, Jane Friedman announced Wednesday that she had resigned as president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, a position she held for ten years. Soon thereafter, HarperCollins announced that Brian Murray, the company's president since July 2007, will succeed Friedman. The timing of the announcement has led to speculation that Friedman's intentions had been known to higher-ups for some time, though the news reportedly came as a shock to many of her colleagues.

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Ashbery Adds to Long List of Honors, Wins Griffin Poetry Prize

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Online Only, posted 6.05.08

On Wednesday, John Ashbery and Robin Blaser were named the winners of the eighth annual Griffin Poetry Prize, awarded to both a Canadian and an international author or translator for a book of poetry published in English during the previous year. 

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Financial Woes May Force Closure of Mark Twain's Historic Home

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Online Only, posted 6.04.08

The home where Mark Twain penned classics such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court may be shutting its doors to the public, as the nonprofit organization that has shaped the property into a cultural center has encountered what may be the final blows in a recent deluge of financial troubles, the New York Times reported yesterday.

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