The seventh annual Firecracker Alternative Book Awards, celebrating "insurrectionary culture that lights a fire under the complacent mainstream booty," were announced on May 3 at a ceremony in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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The Library of Congress announced on April 25 that Billy Collins will serve a second term as U.S. poet laureate.
It all started in Seattle: Starbucks, grunge, and ... the "one book, one city" program. In the four years since Nancy Pearl organized a Seattle-based reading of Russell Banks's The Sweet Hereafter, the idea has spread across the country.
The New York Times began publishing original poetry in the Book Review on February 17. New York City poet Nathanial Bellows's "Harm's Woods" was the first entry in what will be a regular feature of the Sunday edition of the newspaper.
Nominees for the annual National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced on January 28.
Michael P. Hammond, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, died on January 29 of what appeared to be natural causes. He was 69. Hammond had officially assumed his duties as chairman on January 22.
The big just got bigger in the book distribution industry.
Historian Stephen Ambrose has had a lot of explaining to do lately. The bestselling author is accused of copying passages from a source without attribution in four of his more than 20 published books.
Beginning next fall, creative writers will be able to workshop their way to graduate degrees at Georgia College & State University, the liberal arts college in Milledgeville, Georgia.
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There is a new literary magazine on the Web that will have readers thinking twice.
With the publication of four new titles, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Web publisher Faux Press has expanded its operations to include traditional book publishing.
Carole Baron was named president of the G.P. Putnam & Sons division of the nation's second largest book publisher, Penguin Putnam, on November 6. Baron fills the position previously held by Phyllis Grann, who resigned in September.
According to Kelley, a parallel goal of the biannual journal is to examine the influence of urban environments on the creative process.
In October, Ithaca, New York, was officially designated a city of asylum for exiled writers, only the second of its kind in the U.S.
President George W. Bush recently announced his intention to nominate Michael P. Hammond as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
After 12 years as executive director of the Academy of American Poets, William Wadsworth was asked by Henry Reath, president of the organization's board of directors, to resign from his post.
The Book-of-the-Month Club, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, recently announced the return of its editorial board of judges, a four-member panel of best-selling authors that recommends at least five books to members of the club each year.
Careful readers of The Bulgari Connection, the forthcoming novel by best-selling British writer Fay Weldon, may notice a curiously high number of passages about jewelry, albeit really nice Italian jewelry.
The first annual National Book Festival, sponsored by First Lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, will be held at the Library of Congress on September 8.