Daily News from Poets & Writers
The MacArthur Foundation recently announced that poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek and poet and publisher Peter Cole are among the twenty-four recipients of this year’s “genius” fellowships.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) unveiled yesterday a pilot initiative to celebrate national historic sites related to poetry. As part of the NEA’s Big Read, the new program will give Extraordinary Action grants to encourage communities to commemorate American poets in the regions in which they lived.
The National Book Foundation announced yesterday the names of five young fiction writers who will receive "5 Under 35" awards.
Fans of Charles Bukowski are urging the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission to preserve the house the late poet and novelist rented from 1963 to 1972 in East Hollywood, California.
The Nation recently announced that books editor Adam Shatz is stepping down after four years to take a position at the London Review of Books. Shatz will be succeeded by John Palatella, who will be the magazine's new literary editor covering books and the arts.
The National Book Foundation announced yesterday that Joan Didion and Terry Gross will receive distinguished honors at the 58th National Book Awards ceremony on November 14.
Self-publishing company iUniverse was recently acquired by one of its competitors, the Bloomington, Indiana-based AuthorHouse, Publishers Weekly recently reported.
On Thursday, the judges of the Man Booker Prize announced the names of the six finalists for the 2007 award.
On Wednesday, the family portrayed in Augusten Burroughs’s book Running With Scissors settled their lawsuit against the author and his publisher. The Turcotte family, with whom Burroughs lived as a teenager, filed suit two years ago seeking over $2 million in damages for defamation.
Faye Kosmidis, the owner of Bernhard DeBoer, Inc., recently announced that the independent magazine distribution company was closing its doors after sixty years in business.
The judges of the 2007 Man Booker Prize announced their longlist of semifinalists yesterday.
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.
The Loft Literary Center announced yesterday that Jocelyn Hale will be the nonprofit organization's new executive director.
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.
Jon Peede, the former counselor to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), was recently appointed director of grants programs, a newly created position in the organization’s literature department.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities unveiled a public art project featuring the poetry of Walt Whitman.
Two publishers in New York—the major house Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) and the independent press BOA Editions—are moving foward in new locales.
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.
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.