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Researcher Finds First Recording of Ginsberg's "Howl"

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Online Only, posted 2.19.08

A researcher in Portland, Oregon, recently discovered the first recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his famous poem "Howl," the Oregonian reported last week. While researching a biography of poet Gary Snyder at Reed College in Portland, John Suiter found the thirty-five-minute reel-to-reel tape in a box marked "Snyder Ginsberg 1956."

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John Sterling Steps Down as President of Holt

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Online Only, posted 2.15.08

John Sterling is stepping down as president and publisher of Henry Holt after nine years in the position, and will become executive vice president and editor-at-large at Macmillan, Holt's parent company. Sterling leaves the helm after a record-breaking year for Holt in terms of sales, profits, and bestsellers.

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Poet Tom Sleigh Walks Away With $100,000

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Online Only, posted 2.14.08

Claremont Graduate University announced yesterday that Tom Sleigh won the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his collection Space Walk (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). He received $100,000. The award, sponsored by Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, is given to a midcareer poet "who is past the very beginning, but has not yet reached the acknowledged pinnacle of his or her career." Sleigh is the author of seven books of poetry. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Coen Brothers to Direct Film Version of Chabon Novel

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Online Only, posted 2.13.08

Joel and Ethan Coen will adapt and direct a film version of Pulitzer Prize–winner Michael Chabon’s novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (HarperCollins, 2007), the Guardian reported. Scott Rudin, who is also developing a screen version of Chabon’s novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Random House, 2000), will produce the picture along with the brothers. In 2000, Rudin produced Chabon’s Wonder Boys (Villard, 1995).

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Obama Beats Clinton (Wins Grammy Award)

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Online Only, posted 2.11.08

Barack Obama prevailed last night over two former presidents—Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter—to win a 2008 Grammy Award for the spoken-word recording of his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Random House Audio, 2006). Obama received his first Grammy in 2005 for the audio recording of Dreams From My Father (Random House Audio, 2005).

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Amazon Acquires Digital Audio Provider Audible

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Online Only, posted 2.08.08

Amazon announced yesterday plans to acquire Audible, Inc., the largest provider of digital audio in the United States, for approximately three hundred million dollars. Audible carries nearly eighty thousand spoken-word audio offerings, including audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, and podcasts.

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