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U.K. Expected to Appoint Its First Woman Poet Laureate

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Online Only, posted 4.27.09

Carol Ann Duffy has been nominated for appointment by Queen Elizabeth as the next poet laureate of Great Britain.

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HarperCollins Cancels Final Ballard Book

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Online Only, posted 4.24.09

HarperCollins has canceled the publication of J. G. Ballard’s last book following the author’s death on Sunday, April 19. Conversations, formerly slated for release in September, was to have recounted discussions between Ballard and his oncologist. The project stalled after Ballard, who was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2006, became too ill to work. 

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Dodge Poetry Festival Launches YouTube Channel

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Online Only, posted 4.23.09

Despite the cancellation of its 2010 poetry festival, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recently launched a channel on YouTube featuring twenty-nine videos of poets reading at past festivals. The biennial event, which is held in Waterloo Village, New Jersey, has hosted blockbuster poets such as Billy Collins, Robert Hass, Maxine Kumin, and Paul Muldoon.

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Two Suspects Plead Guilty to Plotting Attack on London Publisher

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Online Only, posted 4.22.09

Two men who were arrested last September on charges of conspiring to firebomb the London home of the publisher of a controversial novel about a wife of the prophet Muhammad have pleaded guilty.

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Chicagoans Brace for Talk Like Shakespeare Day

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Online Only, posted 4.21.09

Last week Chicago mayor Richard Daley proclaimed April 23, the 445th birthday of William Shakespeare, to be Talk Like Shakespeare Day throughout the city. On Thursday residents of Chicago are encouraged to incorporate phrases such as "prithee," "thou," "fie!" and "knave" into their everyday conversations as a way to celebrate the lasting influence of the Bard and his work.

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Slovakian Journal Censured for Publishing Indicted War Criminal

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Online Only, posted 4.20.09

PEN Slovakia, a division of International PEN, has denounced "from an ethical and moral point of view" a Slovakian literary journal for publishing poems by indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic.

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