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Lucille Clifton Wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Prize

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The Poetry Foundation recently announced that Lucille Clifton will receive this year's Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The annual award honors a U.S. poet "whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition."

Some Changes in Store for Third Annual Quill Awards

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Heading into its third year of pomp and literary circumstance, the Quills Book Awards program is getting an overhaul by its organizers, NBC Universal and Reed Business Information. The awards program will still feature five finalists in nineteen categories—everything from poetry and fiction to biography/memoir and best debut author—but instead of the public voting for each winner, booksellers and librarians will decide who takes home a Quill.

Jason Cowley to Succeed Ian Jack as Granta Editor

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The British literary magazine Granta, which last month published its second issue devoted to the "Best Young American Novelists," recently named Jason Cowley as its new editor. Cowley, who was the literary editor of the New Statesman for five years, will succeed Ian Jack in September.

PEN World Voices Festival Brings the World of Literature to NYC

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Today marks the official start of the third annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York City. The six-day schedule of events includes readings, lectures, and panel discussions featuring 162 writers from forty-five different countries representing twenty-one different languages.

Kureishi's Story, Deemed Offensive by the BBC, Finds New Life Online

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Earlier this week, Hanif Kureishi, the Whitbread Award-winning author of the novels The Buddha of Suburbia (Viking, 1990) and Intimacy (Scribner, 1999), among others, accused the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) of censorship after it dropped a radio broadcast of one of his short stories.

Trethewey and McCarthy Win 2007 Pulitzer Prizes

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Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin). Also nominated were Martín Espada for The Republic of Poetry (Norton) and David Wojahn for Interrogation Palace: New & Selected Poems 1982-2004 (University of Pittsburgh Press).

McEwan Agrees to Return Pebbles to Protected Beach

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Ian McEwan, whose eleventh novel, On Chesil Beach, is forthcoming in June, recently agreed to return a handful of pebbles that he had unwittingly stolen from a protected beach in southwest England. McEwan admitted to taking the pebbles from Chesil Beach during a promotional interview for his new book. The beach, which is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, is protected; removing pebbles is illegal and can result in a fine. 

DiCaprio and Winslet to Star in Adaptation of Yates Novel

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Titanic costars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet will appear together again in a film adaption of Richard Yates's novel Revolutionary Road (Little, Brown, 1961). The movie, which is scheduled to begin filming this summer, will be directed by Sam Mendes, who won an Academy Award for his directorial debut, American Beauty (1999).

Los Angeles Times Book Review to Shrink

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The Los Angeles Times announced yesterday that on April 15 it will no longer publish its Book Review as a stand-alone section; instead it will be combined with the opinion section (currently titled “Current”).

Goodbye Warner Books; Hello Grand Central Publishing

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The Warner Books imprint of Hachette Book Group USA announced today that it will change its name to Grand Central Publishing. The imprint was formerly part of Time Warner Book Group, which was acquired last February for $537.5 million by the Hachette Livre division of the French conglomerate Lagardère.

Beckett's British Publisher to Retire and Sell Rights

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John Calder, the namesake and owner of the British publisher Calder Publications, recently announced that he plans to retire and sell the rights to publish the company’s books, which include the British copyrights to many of Samuel Beckett’s novels.

AbeBooks Creates Book Recommendation System

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The used book Web site AbeBooks recently launched a book recommendation system that draws titles from personal collections compiled on LibraryThing, a book cataloging Web site created by Tim Spalding in 2005. Whenever an AbeBooks user searches for one of the ten million books listed in the databases of both AbeBooks and LibraryThing, the new BookHints system will generate a list of three to six other books that the user might enjoy.

PEN American Center Elects Prose as New President

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During its annual meeting last night, the PEN American Center elected Francine Prose to succeed biographer Ron Chernow as its president. Chernow had served a one-year term and could have run for reelection, but declined for personal reasons.

Poetry Café Wins $100,000 Small Business Competition

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On March 13, a group of three poets won the $100,000 Microsoft "Ultimate Challenge" small business competition for their proposal of establishing a poetry café. The Mayhem Poets—Mason Granger, Kyle Sutton, and Scott Tarazevits, three friends who met at Rutgers University in New Jersey—entered the contest with an idea for a full-service restaurant that holds daily poetry workshops and nightly poetry performances.