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More Fiction From James Frey: HarperCollins to Publish Novel

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Less than two years after James Frey admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he had fabricated sections of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, the infamous author is set to publish again. HarperCollins announced yesterday that it had acquired Frey's third book, a novel titled Bright Shiny Morning, and plans to publish it next summer.

Bangladeshi Author Faces Criminal Charges After Last Week's Attack

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Thirteen years after she fled her native Bangladesh when thousands of Muslims threatened to kill her for blasphemy, author Taslima Nasrin is being charged with "hurting Muslim feelings," the New York Times reports. The charge follows an attack last week at a book party for Nasrin's novel Shodh (Getting Even), during which dozens of protesters shouted slogans describing the author as "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Islam." They threw chairs, overturned tables, and, according to a report last week in the Guardian in London, Nasrin was slapped. She escaped unhurt but told reports she was in shock.

Wisconsin Media Technician Wins Contest for Worst Writing

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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. 

Judge Orders Albert to Pay $350,000 to Film Company

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On Tuesday, a Manhattan district court judge ordered fiction writer Laura Albert to pay a total of $350,000 in legal fees and other costs to Antidote International Films. Albert, who gained notoriety for publishing and posing as her alter-ego, JT Leroy, had used the fictitious name to sign a film contract and tax forms with Antidote prior to the disclosure of her true identity in 2005. Last month, she was convicted of fraud and ordered to pay $116,000 in damages.

Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie to "Star" In Adaptation of Beowulf

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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.

Mediabistro Sold for $23 Million

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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.

Glass Sets Cohen's Poems to Music

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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.

Writer From Uganda Wins 2007 Caine Prize for African Writing

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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...

Hemingway House Preservationists See the Writing on the Wall—Literally

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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

Another Newspaper Cuts Back Coverage Of Books

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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