Daily News from Poets & Writers

New Directions Celebrates Seventy Years of Publishing


This year marks the seventieth anniversary of New Directions, the independent press founded by the late James Laughlin. To celebrate, the press will hold two events in New York City this fall—a private party in November at the used bookstore Housing Works and a public gathering at the New School on December 5.

Family Settles With Sony Pictures in Running With Scissors Lawsuit

The Turcotte family—better known to readers of Augusten Burroughs's memoir Running With Scissors as the Finch family—has reached a settlement with Sony Pictures in a lawsuit filed in June 2005 that accuses the author of writing false information in his memoir about them and the late Dr. Rudolph Turcotte. The Boston Globe reported yesterday that while the suit against Sony Pictures, which is releasing a film based on the book on October 27, has been settled, the family is pressing on with the suit against the author and his publisher. That suit, however, has been stayed by a Massachusetts court until the release of the film.

Salman Rushdie Joins Faculty of Emory University in Atlanta


Emory University in Atlanta announced on October 6 that Salman Rushdie, the former president of PEN American Center and the author of Midnight's Children (Jonathan Cape, 1980), The Satanic Verses (Viking, 1988), and most recently, Shalimar the Clown (Random House, 2005), has accepted a five-year teaching position in the university's English department.

Bush to Nominate NEA's Gioia for Second Term as Chairman


The Associate Press reported on September 28 that President Bush plans to renominate Dana Gioia for a second term as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Gioia took office in 2003, succeeding Michael P. Hammond, who died seven days after assuming his duties in 2002.

Adobe Unveils New E-book Software


Less than a month after Sony Corporation announced the launch of the Sony Reader, a device for reading electronic books, Adobe Systems has released a beta version of Digital Editions, a software package that includes an e-book viewer.

Amazon Launches New E-book Reader, Kindle


Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos yesterday announced the launch of Kindle, an e-book reader that his company has spent the last three years developing. Kindle, which retails for $399, weighs 10.3 ounces and can hold two hundred books at once.


Sony Launches Digital Book Reader


Sony Corporation announced yesterday the launch of the Sony Reader, a device for reading electronic books. The $350 Reader, which weighs nine ounces and is roughly the size of a trade paperback book, can hold approximately eighty digital books.


More Memoir Murmurs: Laura Albert's Next Book?

The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Laura Albert, the cocreator of JT LeRoy, the fictional author of Sarah (Bloomsbury, 2000) and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Bloomsbury, 2001), has enlisted New York City literary agent David Kuhn to sell a memoir.