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NEA Literature Director Spared a Mockingbird Lunch

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Online Only, posted 5.08.09

Kelleys Island, Ohio, recently became the first community in the country to reach 100 percent participation in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, saving the NEA’s literature director from having to eat his words—or, rather, Harper Lee’s words.

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National Book Foundation Honors Innovations in Reading

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Online Only, posted 5.07.09

The National Book Foundation announced on Tuesday the recipients of its first Innovations in Reading Prize, given to individuals and organizations using innovative approaches to engage readers.

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Marin County Poet Laureate Creates Poetry Chair, Literally

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Online Only, posted 5.06.09

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Albert Flynn DeSilver, the inaugural poet laureate of Marin County, California, has created a public project that invites the community to sit down with poetry.

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The President As Novelist's Best Friend

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Online Only, posted 5.05.09

Near the end of a recent interview for the New York Times Magazine, president Barack Obama briefly mentioned that he was reading Joseph O’Neill’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Netherland (Pantheon, 2008). The interview made no mention of whether the president was enjoying the book, just that he was reading it. But from the mouth of the popular president, that was enough.

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Search Continues for Poet Missing in Japan

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Online Only, posted 5.04.09

Japanese authorities will continue the search for poet Craig Arnold, missing since April 26 on the Japanese island of Kuchino-erabu, for two additional days, according to the Facebook page administered by the poet's family.

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Making the Case for National Short Story Month

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Online Only, posted 5.01.09

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With National Poetry Month officially wrapped up, Dan Wickett of the Emerging Writers Network has declared May “Short Story Month.” He plans to select three stories—one from a published collection, one from a print periodical, and one from an online journal—to read and blog about each day. If all goes well, Wickett will have covered just shy of one hundred pieces by month’s end.

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