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Booker Prize Longlist Announced

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Online Only, posted 8.16.05

The 2005 Booker Prize longlist of 17 semi-finalists was recently announced. The £50,000 (approximately $90,600) prize, sponsored by the Man Group investment company, is given for the best novel of the year by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Ireland.

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Frank O'Connor Prize Shortlist Announced

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Online Only, posted 7.20.05

Six fiction writers were recently named to the 2005 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize shortlist.

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U.S. Book Production Reaches All-Time High

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Online Only, posted 5.25.05

Total U.S. book production reached an all-time high of 195,000 titles in 2004, an increase of 14 percent from the previous year, according to a recent study by R.R. Bowker, the publisher of the Books in Print database and the official agency for assigning ISBNs in the United States.

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CLMP Merges With the Literary Ventures Fund

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Online Only, posted 5.24.05

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) recently announced that it will join the newly formed Literary Ventures Fund (LVF) to support small presses with both funding and marketing expertise. The organizations hope the merger will raise the profile of literary works published by independent presses.

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Cliff Becker, Director of Literature at the NEA, Dies of a Heart Attack

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Online Only, posted 5.18.05

Cliff Becker, the director of literature at the National Endowment of the Arts, died on May 17 of a heart attack. He was 40 years old.

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Ransom Center Acquires Norman Mailer Archive

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Online Only, posted 5.03.05

The papers of Norman Mailer were recently purchased by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Nearly five hundred boxes, weighing more than twenty-thousand pounds, filled with unpublished stories, journals, essays, and screenplays, as well as manuscripts of nearly all of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's forty books, will be shipped to the Ransom Center early in the summer.

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