On October 27, twenty-eight-year-old Welsh writer Rachel Trezise was named the winner of the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize for her short story collection Fresh Apples (Parthian Books, 2005).
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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced in September the creation of International Literary Exchanges, a program intended to “expand cultural exchanges between the United States and other countries.” The initiative includes funding for the publication of dual-language anthologies and their distribution in the United States and countries such as Greece, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, and Spain.
The papers of poet Robert Bly were purchased earlier this month by the University of Minnesota Libraries for $775,000.
This year marks the seventieth anniversary of New Directions, the independent press founded by the late James Laughlin. To celebrate, the press will hold two events in New York City this fall—a private party in November at the used bookstore Housing Works and a public gathering at the New School on December 5.
Nearly five months after New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus surveyed several hundred writers, critics, and editors to name the best work of American fiction published in the last twenty-five years (Toni Morrison’s Beloved)...
The monthly men’s magazine Esquire announced last week that its newly hired fiction editor, Tom Chiarella, will publish twice as many original stories next year as were published in 2006.
Amazon.com recently launched the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, which will allow the public to weigh in on the selection process. The winning author will receive a $25,000 advance and publication by Penguin.
Penguin and Amazon.com recently partnered to create the Penguin Classics Reading Group, a regular online discussion of titles in the paperback line of Penguin Classics.
A new charitable arts organization called United States Artists (USA) announced last month that it will award annual grants of fifty thousand dollars each to fifty artists from around the country, including poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington reported yesterday that a fire broke out in a costume storage area on the third floor above the Folger Theatre on Monday morning. The fire, which was discovered by an electrician at approximately 9:30 AM, was safely contained and extinguished.
On October 2 the Virginia Quarterly Review published a previously unknown poem by Robert Frost.
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.
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.
John Ashbery, Robert Coover, Ann Lauterbach, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Edgar Wideman are just a few of the poets and fiction writers who will give readings and participate in roundtable discussions during a three-day festival hosted by Brown University...
The University of Washington in Seattle announced on September 28 that its creative writing program had received a bequest of $15 million from the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Foundation.
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.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.
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.
The finalists for the first Dylan Thomas Prize were announced today.
The National Book Foundation announced yesterday that poet Adrienne Rich and editors Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein (posthumously) will receive special honors at the National Book Awards ceremony on November 15.
The MacArthur Foundation announced today that fiction writer George Saunders and creative nonfiction writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc are among the twenty-five recipients of this year’s “genius” fellowships.
On September 14 the judges of the 2006 Booker Prize announced a list of six finalists.