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Literary Agent Battles Online Criticism In Court

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Online Only, posted 7.02.08

Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined representatives for Wikipedia in a New Jersey court on Tuesday to fight for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by literary agent Barbara Bauer, the New Jersey Star-Ledger recently reported. Bauer sued Wikimedia, the online encyclopedia's parent company; the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Web site; and nineteen bloggers and Web site administrators who have posted disparaging comments about Bauer on sites such as AbsoluteWrite.com and YouTube.

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NPR Expands Book Coverage Online

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Online Only, posted 7.01.08

In a refreshing twist on the continuing trend of dwindling book coverage, a national media outlet has actually expanded its literary presence online, Publishers Weekly reported yesterday. National Public Radio recently increased the number of weekly book reviews and other features on its Web site at NPR.org, hiring six new book reviewers, including Bookslut.com's Jessa Crispin and former National Book Critics Circle president John Freeman.

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Margaret Atwood Wins Prince of Asturias Prize for Lifetime Achievement

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Online Only, posted 6.27.08

Canadian poet and novelist Margaret Atwood was recently named the winner of Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize for Letters, which carries a prize of 50,000 euros (approximately $77,750), in recognition of the author's outstanding literary achievement and contribution to the arts.

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First Edition of Jane Austen Novel Sets World Record at Auction

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Online Only, posted 6.26.08

A first edition of Jane Austen's novel Emma, published in 1816, was recently sold for the record-breaking sum of £180,000 (approximately $354,095) at a London auction. 

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Thirty-Six Musicians Reimagine Poems of James Joyce

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Online Only, posted 6.25.08

James Joyce's 1907 collection of poems, Chamber Music, has been interpreted into song by thirty-six musicians—Peter Buck of R.E.M., Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and songwriter Jessica Bailiff among them. In 2003, producer James Nichols began assembing artists who, according to UK label Fire Records, have been "influenced (however loosely) by Joyce's style" and asked them to create songs that retain the poems' language.

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Muslim Council of Britain Criticises Comments by Ian McEwan

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Online Only, posted 6.24.08

British novelist Ian McEwan, whose tenth novel On Chesil Beach was published by Anchor Books earlier this month, has drawn sharp criticism from the Muslim Council of Britain for comments he made recently in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. The sixty-year-old author said that he "despises Islamism" because of its views on women and homosexuality and that it is "logically asburd and morally unacceptable" that writers who speak out against militant Islam are considered racist.

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