Daily News from Poets & Writers

Andrea Levy Wins 2004 Orange Prize

6.9.04

British fiction writer Andrea Levy recently won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her fourth novel Small Island (Review Books). She received £30,000 (approximately $54,900).

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Destroyed by California Wildfire

5.20.04

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, located at the foothills of Palomar Mountain in Southern California, was destroyed by a wildfire on May 2, 2004. All of the buildings on the 300-acre nature preserve were reduced to ash and rubble. The five artists in residence at the time were evacuated safely, but a large number of antiques were lost.

ABA Releases Best Books List

4.8.04

The American Booksellers Association recently compiled Best Books: The Best of Book Sense From the First Five Years, a list of titles that U.S. independent booksellers most enjoyed selling during the past five years. Booksellers voted from a ballot that included 371 titles culled from Book Sense 76 lists. The final list consists of 25 books in the categories of Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, and Children's.

Updike Wins PEN/Faulkner Award

3.30.04
John Updike, the author of more than fifty books, including twenty novels and numerous collections of short stories, poems, and criticism, won the 2004 PEN/Faulkner Award for The Early Stories (Knopf).

Updike Among PEN/Faulkner Nominees

3.11.04
Judges Ron Carlson, Chitra Divakaruni, and Elizabeth Strout recently selected five finalists for the 2004 PEN/Faulkner Award, the country's largest peer-juried fiction prize.

Salman Rushdie Named President of PEN American Center

3.10.04
Salman Rushdie, the author of The Satanic Verses, Midnight's Children, and The Moor's Last Sigh, was recently named president of PEN American Center. Rushdie succeeds Joel Conarroe, a former president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Modern Language Association.

Bush Asks for $18 Million Increase to NEA Budget

2.4.04

President George W. Bush is requesting that Congress increase the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts by $18 million in 2005. The proposal would raise the NEA's budget from $121 million in 2004 to $139 million in 2005. It would be the largest increase since 1984.

Poetry Foundation Gets a Dose of Wall Street

2.4.04
The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation, formerly known as the Modern Poetry Association, the publisher of Poetry magazine, recently named John Barr as its president. Barr, a founder and managing director of SG Barr Devlin Associates, an investment banking firm in New York City, is also a published poet and a president emeritus of the nonprofit Poetry Society of America.

Barnes & Noble Announces Finalists for Discover Awards

2.3.04

Barnes & Noble, Inc. recently announced the finalists for the 2003 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The winners in each category will receive $10,000. Second-place finalists receive $2,500, and third-place finalists receive $1,000. The winners will be named on March 3.

D. B. C. Pierre Bags Booker Prize

10.15.03

Australian-born novelist D.B.C. Pierre won the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Vernon God Little, published by Faber & Faber. He received £50,000 (approximately $80,000). Pierre was chosen from a shortlist including Monica Ali, Margaret Atwood, Damon Galgut, Zoë Heller, and Clare Morrall.

 

Dodge Poetry Festival Gets New Digs

9.25.03

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America, is changing venues. The event, previously held at Waterloo Village near Stanhope, New Jersey, is moving to Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

And Then There Were Six: Booker Shortlist Announced

9.17.03

Winnowed from a group of 23 semi-finalists, six authors were recently shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize. The annual prize is given for the best novel published in the current year and is open to writers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the British Commonwealth.

Joseph Parisi Resigns From Poetry Foundation

8.27.03
Joseph Parisi recently resigned as executive director of publications and programs of the Poetry Foundation, formerly known as the Modern Poetry Association, the publisher of Poetry magazine. Parisi, who was editor of the 91-year-old literary magazine for twenty years, was named executive director of the foundation in June.

Copper Canyon Press Names New Publisher

8.12.03

Sid Farrar, the former executive director of the Minneapolis nonprofit literary press Milkweed Editions, was recently named publisher of Copper Canyon Press, the nonprofit poetry publisher based in Port Townsend, Washington.

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