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Imprisoned Writers Speak on Eve of Beijing Olympics

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Online Only, posted 8.7.08

Tonight, just hours before the Olympic Games open in Beijing on Friday, PEN American Center will host “Bringing Down the Great Firewall of China: Silenced Writers Speak on the Eve of the Olympics,” an event to honor the work—and call once again for the release—of more than forty writers and journalists imprisoned by the Chinese government for expressing dissenting views.

 

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Fifty-Eight-Year-Old Lit Mag Wins Virginia Governor's Award

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Online Only, posted 8.7.08

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The Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Virginians for the Arts Foundation recently announced that Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review has won a prestigous Governor's Award for the Arts. 

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Rushdie Threatens Legal Action Over Former Bodyguard's Book

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Online Only, posted 8.6.08

Salman Rushdie, no stranger to controversy, has found himself in the midst of a battle over words once again, this time concerning a memoir by Ron Evans, one of the author's former bodyguards, the Guardian reported. Evans, an officer of Scotland Yard's Special Branch, a London police division focused on matters of national security, was assigned to protect Rushdie after the fatwa was issued against him in 1989. More

Author Sells Shares of Royalties for Unfinished Novel

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Online Only, posted 8.5.08

Tao Lin, the author of two poetry collections, a novel, and a story collection, last Thursday posted a rather unusual offer on his blog. For two thousand dollars, readers can purchase a 10-percent share of the royalties, including all U.S. serial, reprint, textbook, and film royalties, for his unfinished novel, which is tentatively scheduled for publication next year by Melville House, an independent press in Brooklyn, New York.

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Amazon Acquires AbeBooks

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Online Only, posted 8.4.08

Amazon announced on Friday its plans to acquire AbeBooks, the Canada-based online marketplace showcasing the wares of over thirteen thousand booksellers specializing in used, rare, and out-of-print books.

 

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Digital Bookmobile to Debut in New York City's Central Park

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Online Only, posted 8.1.08

On August 10, a twenty-first century update on the traditonal roving library, the Digital Bookmobile will make its debut in New York City's Central Park, hosted by the New York Public Library.

 

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