Daily News from Poets & Writers
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.
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.
John Ashbery, Robert Coover, Ann Lauterbach, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Edgar Wideman are just a few of the poets and fiction writers who will give readings and participate in roundtable discussions during a three-day festival hosted by Brown University...
The University of Washington in Seattle announced on September 28 that its creative writing program had received a bequest of $15 million from the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Foundation.
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.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 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.
The finalists for the first Dylan Thomas Prize were announced today.
The National Book Foundation announced yesterday that poet Adrienne Rich and editors Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein (posthumously) will receive special honors at the National Book Awards ceremony on November 15.
The MacArthur Foundation announced today that fiction writer George Saunders and creative nonfiction writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc are among the twenty-five recipients of this year’s “genius” fellowships.
On September 14 the judges of the 2006 Booker Prize announced a list of six finalists.
Five hours of color video footage featuring fiction writer Eudora Welty was recently discovered in the media archives of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The Academy of American Poets recently announced the finalists for the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. The $25,000 award is given annually for a book of poems published during the previous year.
The White House press office recently released a list of books that President George W. Bush is reading this summer. Kenneth T. Walsh, in an article in U.S. News and World Reports, writes that White House staffers have said the president is engaged in an informal contest with senior adviser Karl Rove to see who can read more books this year.
LibreDigital, the company currently digitizing books and audiobooks published by HarperCollins, recently announced that it will offer its service to other book publishers as well.
Noreen Tomassi, the executive director of the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction, announced on August 23 that Gary Fisketjon, the vice president and editor-at-large of Knopf, is the winner of the second annual Maxwell Perkins Award for his work as an editor at Random House, Vintage, Atlantic Monthly Press, and Knopf.
On August 14 the judges of the 2006 Booker Prize announced a list of nineteen semifinalists. The annual prize, worth £50,000 (approximately $94,900), is sponsored by the Man Group investment company and is given for the best novel of the year by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Ireland.
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Günter Grass recently revealed that he served in the Waffen Schutzstaffel (SS), the elite military combat wing of the Nazi party.
Five authors are among this year's Celebrity 100, a ranking of the highest earning and most popular celebrities in the world, published annually by Forbes magazine.
Poet James Arthur recently received the $47,000 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.