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Penguin Audio Backs Out of E-music Audiobook Deal

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Online Only, posted 10.07.07

Penguin Audio announced yesterday that it will not proceed with plans to offer one hundred and fifty audio titles on eMusic, the second largest seller of electronic media available for download. Penguin Audio withdrew its offer to avoid the potential for digital piracy due to the unregulated MP3 format in which eMusic sells its files.

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Paramount Delays Release of Film Version of The Kite Runner to Protect Child Actors

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Online Only, posted 10.04.07

Paramount recently announced it will push back the release of the film version of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel The Kite Runner (Bloomsbury, 2003), directed by Marc Forster, in order to protect its child actors whose performances, particularly in a rape scene, could trigger violence in Kabul. Afghan and American officials, as well as the actors’ families, have expressed concern that the film may exacerbate hostility between ethnic groups—the politically dominant Pashtun and the historically oppressed Hazara.

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Dybek and Cole Receive $500,000 "Genius" Fellowships

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Online Only, posted 10.01.07

The MacArthur Foundation recently announced that poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek and poet and publisher Peter Cole are among the twenty-four recipients of this year’s “genius” fellowships.

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NEA Launches Initiative to Celebrate Historic Poetry Sites

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Online Only, posted 9.27.07

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) unveiled yesterday a pilot initiative to celebrate national historic sites related to poetry. As part of the NEA’s Big Read, the new program will give Extraordinary Action grants to encourage communities to commemorate American poets in the regions in which they lived.

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National Book Foundation Names This Year's "5 Under 35"

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Online Only, posted 9.25.07

The National Book Foundation announced yesterday the names of five young fiction writers who will receive "5 Under 35" awards.

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Fans in Los Angeles Try to Save Bukowski's Historic Bungalow

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Online Only, posted 9.19.07

Fans of Charles Bukowski are urging the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission to preserve the house the late poet and novelist rented from 1963 to 1972 in East Hollywood, California. 

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