Daily News from Poets & Writers

The President As Novelist's Best Friend

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.5.09

Near the end of a recent interview for the New York Times Magazine, president Barack Obama briefly mentioned that he was reading Joseph O’Neill’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Netherland (Pantheon, 2008). The interview made no mention of whether the president was enjoying the book, just that he was reading it. But from the mouth of the popular president, that was enough.

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Search Continues for Poet Missing in Japan

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.4.09

Japanese authorities will continue the search for poet Craig Arnold, missing since April 26 on the Japanese island of Kuchino-erabu, for two additional days, according to the Facebook page administered by the poet's family.

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Making the Case for National Short Story Month

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.1.09

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With National Poetry Month officially wrapped up, Dan Wickett of the Emerging Writers Network has declared May “Short Story Month.” He plans to select three stories—one from a published collection, one from a print periodical, and one from an online journal—to read and blog about each day. If all goes well, Wickett will have covered just shy of one hundred pieces by month’s end.

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American Poet on Fellowship Missing in Japan

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.30.09

American poet Craig Arnold, author of the poetry collections Shells (Yale University Press, 1999) and Made Flesh (Ausable Press, 2008), went missing in Kuchino-erabu, a small island in Southern Japan, on April 27.

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Authors Granted More Time to Consider Google Settlement

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.29.09

A New York City judge approved on Tuesday a four-month extension of the deadline for authors to agree or object to a settlement with Google Inc. over its massive book-scanning venture.

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Amazon Acquires Lexcycle, Creator of Stanza iPhone App

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.28.09

Lexcycle, the company that created Stanza, the free e-book application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, yesterday announced that it had been acquired by Amazon. Neither company disclosed financial details. "We are not planning any changes in the Stanza application or user experience as a result of the acquisition, representatives from Lexcycle wrote on the company's blog. "Customers will still be able to browse, buy, and read e-books from our many content partners."

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