Daily News from Poets & Writers

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.

Knopf VP Fisketjon Wins Maxwell E. Perkins Award

by Staff
8.25.06

Noreen Tomassi, the executive director of the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction, announced on August 23 that Gary Fisketjon, the vice president and editor-at-large of Knopf, is the winner of the second annual Maxwell Perkins Award for his work as an editor at Random House, Vintage, Atlantic Monthly Press, and Knopf.

Billy Collins, David Mitchell, Joan Didion Among Nominees for Second Annual Quills

by Staff
8.25.06
On August 22, at a Borders Books and Music store in New York City, NBC weatherman Al Roker announced the nominees for the second annual Quill Book Awards. The prizes, given in nineteen categories for adult and children's literature, are sponsored by NBC Universal Television Stations and Reed Business Information. The public will determine the winners by voting at the Quill Web site. The awards, which carry no cash value, will be handed out at a televised ceremony on October 10 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Carey, Grenville, and Mitchell Among Booker Prize Semifinalists

by Staff
8.21.06

On August 14 the judges of the 2006 Booker Prize announced a list of nineteen semifinalists. The annual prize, worth £50,000 (approximately $94,900), is sponsored by the Man Group investment company and is given for the best novel of the year by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Ireland.

HarperCollins Invites Readers to "Browse Inside"

by Staff
8.3.06

HarperCollins Publishers today introduced a program on its Web site called "Browse Inside," which allows readers to view the first three pages of most chapters in over a hundred HarperCollins titles, including books by Isabel Allende, Michael Crichton, and C. S. Lewis.

Perseus Books Group Acquires Consortium

by Staff
8.2.06

Perseus Books Group announced yesterday that it had acquired Consortium Books Sales and Distribution, Inc., the company that provides distribution, sales, and marketing services to independent publishers such as Akashic Books, Copper Canyon Press, and Seven Stories Press.

David Rivard Wins O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize

by Staff
7.31.06

Poet David Rivard recently won the Folger Shakespeare Library’s 2006 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize. Rivard, whose most recent collection is Sugartown (Graywolf Press, 2006), received $10,000 and an invitation to read at the library in Washington, D.C.

Louisiana Governor Nixes State Poem

by Staff
7.21.06

Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana, recently vetoed a bill to designate “I Love My Louisiana” as the state poem. The twenty-three-line poem was written by seventy-two-year-old Prairieville resident James Ellis Richardson.

Lethem and Sorrentino Revealed as Coauthors of "Secret" Book

by Staff
7.14.06

The true identity of the authors of Believeniks!, a nonfiction account of the New York Mets 2005 baseball season, published in April by Doubleday, was recently reported by New York Magazine. The pseudonymous authors, Harry Conklin and Ivan Felt, were revealed to be novelists Jonathan Lethem (Conklin) and Christopher Sorrentino (Felt).

Retired Mechanical Designer Wins Contest for Worst Writing

by Staff
7.13.06

Jim Guigli, a retired mechanical designer who lives in Carmichael, California, recently won the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest—a distinction that many writers would just as soon avoid. The award, sponsored by the English department at San Jose State University, is given annually for the worst opening sentence of a novel.

Writing Contest Offers a Spot On Amazon.com

by Staff
7.12.06

The social networking Web site Gather.com recently launched a contest that offers creative writers a chance to sell their submissions through Amazon Shorts, a program developed by Amazon.com that sells short stories and essays in a digital format for forty-nine cents each.

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