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Paris Book Fair Opens Under Cloud of Controversy

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Online Only, posted 3.14.08

The Salon du Livre, an international book fair in Paris, opened today despite the protests of several Arab nations over the selection of Israel as the festival's guest of honor. The Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization encouraged its fifty member nations to boycott because of "crimes against humanity that Israel is perpetrating in the Palestinian territories." Many publishers, booksellers, and authors from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon, Tunisia, Yemen, Morocco, and Algeria withdrew from the festival, though some participants from those countries may still attend.

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Academy of American Poets Goes Mobile

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Online Only, posted 3.13.08

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The Academy of American Poets on Monday launched a mobile version of its online poetry archive at www.poets.org/mobile. Users can now access the archive, which contains more than twenty-five hundred poems as well as hundreds of biographies and essays, using an iPhone and most other mobile devices. The new service is free.

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New Report Reveals Book Publishing Industry's Carbon Footprint

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Online Only, posted 3.12.08

The Green Press Initiative (GPI) and the Book Industry Study Group released on Monday a landmark study measuring the environmental impact of the U.S. book publishing industry. Monitoring publishing activity in 2006, which saw 4.15 billion books produced, the study found the industry's annual carbon footprint to be 12.4 million metric tons (or 8.85 pounds of carbon per book).

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Author's Sister Writes Next Chapter in Kureishi Family Feud

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Online Only, posted 3.11.08

The recent publication of Hanif Kureishi's new novel, Something to Tell You, by Faber and Faber has garnered the usual praise from critics in the U.K., but it's also attracted the ire of his sister, Yasmin, who says she wishes the author would stop using their family as inspiration for his fiction.

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Francine Prose to Serve Second Term as President of PEN American Center

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Online Only, posted 3.10.08

Novelist Francine Prose will serve as president of PEN American Center for a second one-year term, having run unopposed for the position, the Associated Press recently reported. PEN American members will meet later this week to make the selection official.

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Bang, Díaz, and Danticat Win NBCC Awards

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Online Only, posted 3.07.08

The National Book Critics Circle announced yesterday the winners of the 2007 book awards during a ceremony at the New School in New York City. Mary Jo Bang won in poetry for Elegy (Graywolf), Junot Díaz won in fiction for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead), and Edwidge Danticat won in autobiography for Brother, I'm Dying (Knopf). Awards were also given in the categories of biography, criticism, and nonfiction.

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