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Obama Establishes White House Arts and Culture Post

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Online Only, posted 3.17.09

President Barack Obama last week created a new position to oversee arts and culture in the Office of Public Liasion and Intergovernmental Affairs. Kareem Dale, who was previously named special assistant to the president for disability policy, will hold the new position under senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

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SUNY, Buffalo, Receives Grant to Preserve Poetry Recordings

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Online Only, posted 3.16.09

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant worth a little more than two hundred thousand dollars to the Poetry Collection at SUNY, Buffalo, that will allow the Libraries department to digitize and catalogue its audio collection.

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Change Comes to PEN American Center

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Online Only, posted 3.13.09

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PEN American Center, the central U.S. outpost for the international writers organization, will welcome a new president this spring and bid farewell this summer to its longtime executive director.

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Hungry NEA Literature Director Challenges Residents of Ohio Town

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Online Only, posted 3.12.09

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David Kipen, the literature director at the National Endowment for the Arts has challenged the residents of Kellys Island, Ohio—all 131 of them—to read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird as part of the independent federal agency's Big Read program. If they do? He'll buy them pizza. If they don't? He'll eat a copy of the book.

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Center for Book Arts Celebrates Letterpress Centennial

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Online Only, posted 3.11.09

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The Center for Book Arts in New York City is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Vandercook Proof printing press with a series of events and the publication of the limited edition Vandercook Book, a collaborative artist book featuring work created using the press.

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Barnes & Noble Buys E-book Retailer Fictionwise

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Online Only, posted 3.10.09

Barnes & Noble last week announced that it had acquired New Jersey-based e-book retailer Fictionwise for $15.7 million. In a press release, the bookseller said it plans to integrate Fictionwise into a digital strategy that includes the launch of an e-bookstore later this year.

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