Daily News from Poets & Writers

Family Settles With Sony Pictures in Running With Scissors Lawsuit

by Staff
10.19.06
The Turcotte family—better known to readers of Augusten Burroughs's memoir Running With Scissors as the Finch family—has reached a settlement with Sony Pictures in a lawsuit filed in June 2005 that accuses the author of writing false information in his memoir about them and the late Dr. Rudolph Turcotte. The Boston Globe reported yesterday that while the suit against Sony Pictures, which is releasing a film based on the book on October 27, has been settled, the family is pressing on with the suit against the author and his publisher. That suit, however, has been stayed by a Massachusetts court until the release of the film.

Salman Rushdie Joins Faculty of Emory University in Atlanta

by Staff
10.10.06

Emory University in Atlanta announced on October 6 that Salman Rushdie, the former president of PEN American Center and the author of Midnight's Children (Jonathan Cape, 1980), The Satanic Verses (Viking, 1988), and most recently, Shalimar the Clown (Random House, 2005), has accepted a five-year teaching position in the university's English department.

Bush to Nominate NEA's Gioia for Second Term as Chairman

by Staff
10.6.06

The Associate Press reported on September 28 that President Bush plans to renominate Dana Gioia for a second term as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Gioia took office in 2003, succeeding Michael P. Hammond, who died seven days after assuming his duties in 2002.

Adobe Unveils New E-book Software

by Staff
9.27.06

Less than a month after Sony Corporation announced the launch of the Sony Reader, a device for reading electronic books, Adobe Systems has released a beta version of Digital Editions, a software package that includes an e-book viewer.

Amazon Launches New E-book Reader, Kindle

by Staff
9.27.06

Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos yesterday announced the launch of Kindle, an e-book reader that his company has spent the last three years developing. Kindle, which retails for $399, weighs 10.3 ounces and can hold two hundred books at once.

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Sony Launches Digital Book Reader

by Staff
9.27.06

Sony Corporation announced yesterday the launch of the Sony Reader, a device for reading electronic books. The $350 Reader, which weighs nine ounces and is roughly the size of a trade paperback book, can hold approximately eighty digital books.

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More Memoir Murmurs: Laura Albert's Next Book?

by Staff
9.14.06
The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Laura Albert, the cocreator of JT LeRoy, the fictional author of Sarah (Bloomsbury, 2000) and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Bloomsbury, 2001), has enlisted New York City literary agent David Kuhn to sell a memoir.

Albert Camus's The Stranger Among Books on President Bush's Reading List

by Staff
8.25.06

The White House press office recently released a list of books that President George W. Bush is reading this summer. Kenneth T. Walsh, in an article in U.S. News and World Reports, writes that White House staffers have said the president is engaged in an informal contest with senior adviser Karl Rove to see who can read more books this year. 

Google Book Search May Have Competition

by Staff
8.25.06

LibreDigital, the company currently digitizing books and audiobooks published by HarperCollins, recently announced that it will offer its service to other book publishers as well.

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