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Literary Magazines in the Running for 2008 Ellies

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Online Only, posted 3.20.08

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced yesterday the finalists for the 2008 National Magazine Awards. The annual awards, also known as the Ellies, honor print and online magazines "that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative editorial techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise, and imaginative design." Among the 128 finalists in twenty-five categories were the usual titles—the New Yorker led the finalists with twelve nominations—but a number of literary magazines are also in the running.

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Kate Christensen Wins PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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Online Only, posted 3.19.08

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced last week that novelist Kate Christensen has been awarded the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her fourth novel, The Great Man (Doubleday). She received $15,000.

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Exiled Bangladeshi Author to Leave India

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Online Only, posted 3.18.08

Taslima Nasrin, the Bangladeshi author who has been living in a safe house in New Dehli for the past four months, announced yesterday that she will leave India, claiming that she has been living under a "virtual house arrest" and that she has been denied urgent medical care, Reuters reported. The author has been living in an undisclosed location in the Indian capital, where she has been isolated with a mobile phone, laptop computer, and a television. No visitors have been allowed.

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Bomb Threat Disrupts Paris Book Fair

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Online Only, posted 3.17.08

The Salon du Livre, the international book fair in Paris that has drawn protests from several Arab nations for honoring Israeli literature at this year's event, was shut down briefly yesterday by a bomb threat, the Associated Press reported. Festival organizers received an anonymous phone call indicating that an explosion would occur at five PM, according to Jean-Daniel Compain, director of REED, the company that organized the event. Compain said that the caller made no specific mention of the fair's Israeli focus.

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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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