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eBay Experiment Aims to Create "Significant Objects"

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.13.09

Cultural theorist Joshua Glenn and journalist Rob Walker last week kicked off an experiment that will test the literary significance of otherwise useless objects. As curators of the "Significant Objects" project, the duo are pairing writers with knickknacks picked up for a pittance at thrift stores and flea markets, and asking the scribes to feature the objects in short works of fiction.

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Playboy to Excerpt New Nabokov Novel

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.10.09

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Another reason to buy it for the articles: Playboy has scored the first serial rights to an unfinished novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The magazine’s December issue will feature a five-thousand-word excerpt from The Original of Laura, which was left in fragmentary form when the author died in 1977.

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Graywolf Press to Cross the Mississippi

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.9.09

Graywolf Press has announced plans to move its offices across the Mississippi River from St. Paul to Minneapolis in about two months’ time. The nonprofit publisher will leave the building it has occupied since 1990 to take up new digs in the Traffic Zone Visual Arts Center, located in the city’s trendy Warehouse district.

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Three Sentenced for Arson Attack on Publisher’s Home

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 7.8.09

A judge in London yesterday sentenced three Muslim men to four-and-a-half years in prison for an arson attack against the publisher of a novel about one of Muhammad’s wives. In September 2008, the trio set fire to the home of Martin Rynja just days before his company, Gibson Square, was due to publish The Jewel of Medina by American author Sherry Jones.

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Twitterature Pares Down the Classics

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.7.09

For those unaccustomed to absorbing more than 140 characters at a sitting, Penguin is set to release a volume that pares classic books down to a series of tweet-sized chunks. Twitterature, the brainchild of two University of Chicago freshmen, promises to deliver works by Dante, Shakespeare, Stendhal, Joyce, and J. K. Rowling in no more than twenty tweets apiece.

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Injunction Bans Unauthorized Salinger Sequel

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 7.6.09

A federal judge in New York City last week issued a preliminary injunction barring the U.S. publication of what attorneys for J. D. Salinger are calling an unauthorized sequel to The Catcher in the Rye.

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