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Bangladeshi Author Faces Criminal Charges After Last Week's Attack

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Online Only, posted 8.14.07

Thirteen years after she fled her native Bangladesh when thousands of Muslims threatened to kill her for blasphemy, author Taslima Nasrin is being charged with "hurting Muslim feelings," the New York Times reports. The charge follows an attack last week at a book party for Nasrin's novel Shodh (Getting Even), during which dozens of protesters shouted slogans describing the author as "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Islam." They threw chairs, overturned tables, and, according to a report last week in the Guardian in London, Nasrin was slapped. She escaped unhurt but told reports she was in shock.

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Four Debut Novelists Among 2007 Man Booker Semifinalists

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Online Only, posted 8.09.07

The judges of the 2007 Man Booker Prize announced their longlist of semifinalists yesterday.

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Wisconsin Media Technician Wins Contest for Worst Writing

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Online Only, posted 8.07.07

Jim Gleeson, a forty-seven-year-old media technician from Madison, Wisconsin, was recently named winner of the 25th annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, but it’s unlikely that the distinction will earn him any book deals. The award, sponsored by San Jose State University, is given for the year’s worst writing. 

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Judge Orders Albert to Pay $350,000 to Film Company

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Online Only, posted 8.03.07

On Tuesday, a Manhattan district court judge ordered fiction writer Laura Albert to pay a total of $350,000 in legal fees and other costs to Antidote International Films. Albert, who gained notoriety for publishing and posing as her alter-ego, JT Leroy, had used the fictitious name to sign a film contract and tax forms with Antidote prior to the disclosure of her true identity in 2005. Last month, she was convicted of fraud and ordered to pay $116,000 in damages.

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Loft Literary Center Finds New Director

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Online Only, posted 8.01.07

The Loft Literary Center announced yesterday that Jocelyn Hale will be the nonprofit organization's new executive director.

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Mummy Love Poems Found in South Korea

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Online Only, posted 7.31.07

 

The mummified body of a thirty-two-year-old disgraced nobleman, along with love poems written by his bereaved wife, was recently discovered in South Korea.

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