Daily News from Poets & Writers

Steven Hall and Peter Godwin Win Borders Original Voices Awards

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Borders announced on Wednesday the winners of the 2007 Original Voices Awards. Steven Hall won in fiction for his debut novel, The Raw Shark Texts (Canongate), and Peter Godwin won in creative nonfiction for When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa (Little, Brown). Each will receive $5,000 at a ceremony in March, and their winning books will be highlighted at Borders outlets nationwide.

Indie Melville House Moves From Hoboken to Brooklyn

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Independent publisher Melville House recently moved its offices from Hoboken, New Jersey, to the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The new location includes adequate space for a bookstore, which will open its doors this Saturday, as well as a venue for literary events.

A Newspaper Expands Book Coverage While Yet Another One Cuts It Back

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In an editorial published in last Sunday's edition of the Times-Picayune, a daily newspaper in New Orleans, the editors wrote, "In the past year, newspapers across the country have made dramatic cutbacks in their coverage of books," and went on to announce that on January 11 the newspaper will debut "The Reading Life," an expanded package of book reviews and coverage of the New Orleans literary scene in the Living section each Friday.

Vermont Home of Robert Frost Ransacked

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Homer Noble Farm, one of the residences of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost, was vandalized last Friday by what authorities believe to be a group of up to fifty underage partygoers, the Associated Press reported.

Borders and Sony Open E-book Store Online

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Borders announced yesterday that it has partnered with Sony to launch a new online store offering over twenty-five thousand e-books available for download onto the Sony Reader. The site is accessible only to Borders customers who purchase the device from one of the bookseller’s brick-and-mortar stores.

Emory University to Acquire Alice Walker Archive

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Emory University announced recently that after ten years of negotiations it has reached a deal with Alice Walker to acquire the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's papers. The archive includes journals and manuscripts dating to Walker’s teenage years in the 1950s and correspondence with eminent feminists such as Gloria Steinem and Tillie Olsen, among other artists and public figures. Walker said that Emory, located in the author’s native Georgia, is "a place where my archive can rest with joy in the company it keeps," the Associated Press reported.

Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns Tops 2007 Book Sense Best-Seller List

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The American Booksellers Association released recently its 2007 Book Sense Best-seller list, which highlights the most popular titles sold at independent bookstores during the previous year. Fifteen books were featured in the categories of hardcover fiction, paperback fiction, hardcover nonfiction, paperback nonfiction, children’s fiction, and children’s illustrated.

Pilot by Jonathan Ames to Air on Cable Network

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Novelist and creative nonfiction writer Jonathan Ames is no stranger to television—he is a recurring guest on The Late Show With David Letterman—but on Tuesday, Showtime will air the author's long-awaited pilot, "What's Not to Love," based on his essay collection of the same title, published by Crown in 2000.

NBCC Releases Results of 2007 Ethics Survey

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The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) recently released the results of its 2007 Ethics of Book Reviewing survey, a follow-up to a similar survey conducted twenty years ago. Three hundred and sixty-four reviewers, most of whom are NBCC members, weighed in on thirty-three topics such as who should be reviewing books and what books should be considered for review, addressing issues of favoritism, honesty, and relationships between reviewers and publishers.