Daily News from Poets & Writers

New Study Shows Decline in U.S. Book Production

by Staff

Book production in the U.S. last year totaled 172,000 titles, a decrease from 2004 of 18,000 titles, or nearly ten percent, according to a recent study by R. R. Bowker, the publisher of the Books in Print database and the official agency for assigning ISBNs in the United States.

Winners of the Kiriyama Prize Announced

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Luis Alberto Urrea and Piers Vitebsky were recently named winners of the 2006 Kiriyama Prize. Urrea won in fiction for his novel The Hummingbird’s Daughter (Little, Brown) and Vitebsky won in creative nonfiction for his book The Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia (Houghton Mifflin). The winners split the $30,000 award.

VQR and McSweeney's Among Finalists for Coveted National Magazine Awards

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The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) recently announced the finalists for the 2006 National Magazine Awards, which honor both print and online magazines for "superior execution of stated editorial objectives, innovative editorial techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise, and imagination and vigor in layout and design."

Los Angeles Named Best City For Artists

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Last month Businessweek, the Web site of the weekly business magazine, published a list of the ten best cities in the United States for artists, including creative writers. Los Angeles topped the list, followed by Santa Fe, New Mexico; Carson City, Nevada; New York City; Kingston, New York; Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura, California; Nashville; Boulder, Colorado; San Francisco; and Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York.

Chernow Succeeds Rushdie as President of PEN American Center

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The PEN American Center recently named biographer Ron Chernow as its new president. He succeeds novelist Salman Rushdie, who served a two-year term. Chernow, who joined PEN in 1990, won the National Book Award for his biography of J.P. Morgan, The House of Morgan (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1990). His biographies Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (Random House, 1998) and Alexander Hamilton (Penguin, 2004) were both nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Kosotova's The Historian Named Book Sense Book of the Year

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The Historian (Little, Brown) by Elizabeth Kostova was recently named a Book Sense Book of the Year in the adult fiction category. The annual award, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, is given for the book that independent bookstore owners and their staff most enjoyed selling in the previous year. The award is also given in the categories of adult nonfiction, children’s literature, and children’s illustrated.