Daily News from Poets & Writers
The National Book Foundation announced yesterday that Joan Didion and Terry Gross will receive distinguished honors at the 58th National Book Awards ceremony on November 14.
Self-publishing company iUniverse was recently acquired by one of its competitors, the Bloomington, Indiana-based AuthorHouse, Publishers Weekly recently reported.
On Thursday, the judges of the Man Booker Prize announced the names of the six finalists for the 2007 award.
On Wednesday, the family portrayed in Augusten Burroughs’s book Running With Scissors settled their lawsuit against the author and his publisher. The Turcotte family, with whom Burroughs lived as a teenager, filed suit two years ago seeking over $2 million in damages for defamation.
Faye Kosmidis, the owner of Bernhard DeBoer, Inc., recently announced that the independent magazine distribution company was closing its doors after sixty years in business.
The judges of the 2007 Man Booker Prize announced their longlist of semifinalists yesterday.
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.
The Loft Literary Center announced yesterday that Jocelyn Hale will be the nonprofit organization's new executive director.
A film adaptation of the Old English epic poem Beowulf is set to release on November 16. Directed by Robert Zemeckis—the man who gave audiences Back to the Future (all three parts) and Forrest Gump, for which he won an Oscar, among many others—the movie version of Beowulf owes more to the style of filmmaking he utilized in The Polar Express.
Jon Peede, the former counselor to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), was recently appointed director of grants programs, a newly created position in the organization’s literature department.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities unveiled a public art project featuring the poetry of Walt Whitman.
Two publishers in New York—the major house Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) and the independent press BOA Editions—are moving foward in new locales.
On Monday, founder Laurel Touby sold Mediabistro, the Web site serving freelance writers, editors, designers, and other media and creative professionals, for $23 million to Jupitermedia Corporation, an Internet research company that owns several media Web sites.
Last Saturday night, the poetry of Leonard Cohen and the melodies of Philip Glass were featured in the New York City premiere of Book of Longing, a ninety-minute concert at Lincoln Center.
The judges of the Caine Prize for African Writing announced yesterday that Monica Arac de Nyeko, a twenty-eight-year-old fiction writer from Uganda, won this year's prize for her short story "Jambula Tree," from her collection African Love Stories (Ayebia Clarke Publish...
Larry Portzline, the founder of the grassroots movement Bookstore Tourism, announced yesterday that he plans to embark on a ten-week trip to visit independent bookstores across the country.
Poets John Ashbery, Jorie Graham, Michael Palmer, and Adrienne Rich are among more than a hundred authors who have signed an appeal for a "worldwide reading" on September 9 to protest the actions of Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe.
Preservationists in Havana, Cuba, recently announced that they have discovered unpublished notes by Ernest Hemingway on the wall of a bathroom in the house where he lived for more than twenty years. Hemingway fans and scholars probably shouldn't get too excited, however. They didn't uncover Papa's character sketch for an unfinished nov
The Philadelphia office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced yesterday that it had found the original manuscript of Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth (John Day, 1931), which had been considered missing since the mid-1960s.
It is, by now, a familiar story, but one worth repeating: Another newspaper has decided to cut back its book review coverage. The Sunday book review section of the San Diego Union-Tribune has folded—the June 24 stand-alone section was the newspaper's last. Beginning July 1, the Union-Tribune's coverage of books will