Daily News from Poets & Writers

Roth Wins Third PEN/Faulkner

2.27.07
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced yesterday that Philip Roth is the winner of the 2007 Award for Fiction for his novel Everyman (Houghton Mifflin).

Harpercollins to Publish Slimmed-down War And Peace

2.23.07

In April, the Harper Perennial imprint of HarperCollins will publish a shorter, happier version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. The book, which HarperCollins calls the "original version," is an unpublished first draft completed by Tolstoy in 1866.

Elie Wiesel Attacked In San Francisco Hotel

2.15.07

On February 1, novelist and political activist Elie Wiesel was attacked and dragged out of an elevator in a San Francisco hotel. Wiesel, the author of the Holocaust memoir Night (Hill and Wang, 1960) and the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, was a participant in a conference on religion taking place at the hotel. Accord

Fiction Writer From El Salvador Finds Asylum in Pittsburgh

2.2.07

The Pittsburgh branch of the North American Network of Cities of Asylum (NANCA), an organization that hosts persecuted and exiled writers from around the world in five American cities, recently announced that fiction writer Horacio Castellanos Moya from El Salvador will be its second writer-in-residence...

Anselm Berrigan to Step Down as Poetry Project Director

1.30.07

Poet Anselm Berrigan recently announced that he will be stepping down as artistic director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York City. "June 30 of this year will be my last day," Berrigan wrote in a letter to readers of the February/March 2007 issue of the Poetry Project Newsletter.

Bertelsmann Names New CEO

1.24.07

Last Friday, Bertelsmann, the German media conglomerate that owns Random House, announced that Hartmut Ostrowski will be its new chief executive officer starting in 2008. Ostrowski has been a member of Bertelsmann’s executive board for the past six years. He will succeed the current CEO, Gunter Thielen, who will become chairman of the company’s supervisory board.

After Sobol Award Controversy, Touchstone Finds Another Contest

1.19.07

Touchstone/Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, recently announced that it will publish the winning manuscript in the Gather.com First Chapters contest. Gather.com, a social networking site with 175,000 registered members, was founded in 2005. The publisher’s announcement comes less than two weeks after the Sobol Award, which offered $100,000 and publication by Touchstone, was cancelled because of an insufficient number of submissions.

Actor Directs Adaptation of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

1.10.07

Fans of the television show The Office know him as the goofy character Jim Halpert, but actor John Krasinski (who has also appeared in the movies Kinsey, Jarhead, and Dreamgirls) will make his writing and directing debut with the film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s short story collection, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.

Million-dollar Manuscripts Are Lost and Finally Found

1.3.07

A rare book dealer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently reported that two handwritten manuscripts of short stories by the late Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges—valued at nearly one million dollars—had been lost, and possibly stolen, only to later find that the manuscripts had simply been misplaced.

Swashbuckling Depp Options Three Books

12.21.06

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp recently acquired the film rights to three books, including James Meek’s novel The People’s Act of Love (Canongate, 2005), Variety reported last week. 

Hejinian, Olds, and Phillips Join Academy's Chancellors

12.19.06
The Academy of American Poets announced on December 14 the election of Lyn Hejinian, Sharon Olds, and Carl Phillips to its board of chancellors. They were chosen by current chancellors Frank Bidart, Rita Dove, Robert Hass, Susan Howe, Galway Kinnell, Philip Levine, Nathaniel Mackey, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, Gary Snyder, Gerald Stern, James Tate, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and C. K. Williams.

Maureen Egen to Step Down as Hachette Publisher

12.15.06

Maureen Egen, the publisher and deputy chairman of Hachette Book Group USA (formerly known as Time Warner Book Group), announced Tuesday that she will step down from "active management" of the company at the end of the year.

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