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Oldest-known stone carving of Ten Commandments sells at auction; Medieval book curses; celebrating Native American author James Welch; and other news.
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President Obama proclaims October as National Arts and Humanities Month; National Book Foundation announces 5 Under 35 honorees; Hollywood’s “most sought-after word nerds”; and other news.
Jail time for overdue library books; Henry Louis Gates, Jr. leads fundraising campaign to save James Baldwin’s home; American novels and individualism; and other news.
Federico García Lorca center fights for control of archives; contemporary poets on the lexicon of war; an argument for authors to read their own audiobooks; and other news.