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Iowa City Named City of Literature by UNESCO

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Online Only, posted 11.27.08

Iowa City was recently named a City of Literature by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). With a population of less than seventy thousand people, Iowa City is the third city to receive the distinction, following Edinburgh, Scotland, and Melbourne, Australia.

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Borders Announces 2008 Original Voices Nominees

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Online Only, posted 11.26.08

Borders recently announced that nominees for the 2008 Original Voices Awards. The annual prizes recognize "fresh, compelling, and ambitious works from the new and emerging talents" published in the past year.

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Major Publisher Puts Book Acquisitions on Hold

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Online Only, posted 11.25.08

In the midst of an economic downturn and a crunched credit market, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt recently requested that its editors stop acquiring books.

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August Kleinzahler Wins Lannan's $150,000 Literary Award

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Online Only, posted 11.24.08

Last Friday the Lannan Foundation announced that poet August Kleinzahler won this year’s $150,000 Literary Award. Lannan Fellowships, each worth $100,000, were also awarded to poets Katie Ford and Ilya Kaminsky and fiction writers Charles D’Ambrosio and Glenn Patterson.

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Random House to Freeze Pensions in Latest Sign of Ecomonic Woes

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Online Only, posted 11.21.08

As of December 31, Random House, the largest trade publisher in the United States, will freeze the pension plan funds of its current employees, and will eliminate the plan as a benefit for new hires.

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Mark Doty and Peter Matthiessen Win National Book Awards

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Online Only, posted 11.20.08

Last night the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2008 National Book Awards at a ceremony in New York City.

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