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Brits Buy Book TV

Kevin Canfield

Apart from brief interludes on The Oprah Winfrey Show and NBC’s Today, books don’t often end up on U.S. television. The recent launch of the Quill Awards—a new national book award program sponsored by Reed Business Information and NBC that will include a televised ceremony in October—may have authors feeling like celebrities, but an entire network show devoted to the written word is still a rarity. Not so in the United Kingdom, where several programs are proving that literature can make compelling television.

Jones, Hemon, and Wright Named "Genius" Fellows

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced that fiction writers Edward P. Jones and Aleksandar Hemon and poet C.D. Wright are among 23 recipients of this year's $500,000 "genius" fellowships.

C-SPAN Cancels Booknotes

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Brian Lamb, the host of Booknotes, an author interview program on the cable television network C-SPAN, recently announced that the weekly program will cease production in December.

Grove/Atlantic Brings Back Black Cat Imprint

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Ten years after Barney J. Rosset bought Grove Press, in 1951,he launched Black Cat, an imprint that published mass-market paperbacks of some of the classics of modern literature, including Henry Miller's The Tropic of Cancer (1961), William Burroughs's Naked Lunch (1962), Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1965), Hubert Selby's Last Exit to Brooklyn (1967), Jack Kerouac's The Subterraneans (1971), and Jean Genet's Our Lady of the Flowers (1976).


Andrea Levy Wins 2004 Orange Prize

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.