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Poet Tom Sleigh Walks Away With $100,000

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Online Only, posted 2.14.08

Claremont Graduate University announced yesterday that Tom Sleigh won the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his collection Space Walk (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). He received $100,000. The award, sponsored by Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, is given to a midcareer poet "who is past the very beginning, but has not yet reached the acknowledged pinnacle of his or her career." Sleigh is the author of seven books of poetry. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Coen Brothers to Direct Film Version of Chabon Novel

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Online Only, posted 2.13.08

Joel and Ethan Coen will adapt and direct a film version of Pulitzer Prize–winner Michael Chabon’s novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (HarperCollins, 2007), the Guardian reported. Scott Rudin, who is also developing a screen version of Chabon’s novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Random House, 2000), will produce the picture along with the brothers. In 2000, Rudin produced Chabon’s Wonder Boys (Villard, 1995).
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Obama Beats Clinton (Wins Grammy Award)

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Online Only, posted 2.11.08

Barack Obama prevailed last night over two former presidents—Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter—to win a 2008 Grammy Award for the spoken-word recording of his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Random House Audio, 2006). Obama received his first Grammy in 2005 for the audio recording of Dreams From My Father (Random House Audio, 2005).

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Amazon Acquires Digital Audio Provider Audible

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Online Only, posted 2.8.08

Amazon announced yesterday plans to acquire Audible, Inc., the largest provider of digital audio in the United States, for approximately three hundred million dollars. Audible carries nearly eighty thousand spoken-word audio offerings, including audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, and podcasts.

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Late Spanish Novelist Accused of Plagiarism

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Online Only, posted 2.6.08

A Spanish judge recently reopened a plagiarism case against the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist Camilo José Cela, the Independent reported. Carmen Formoso, author of the novel Carmen, Carmela, Carmiña, originally filed charges in 2001 alleging that Cela had lifted passages from her book for his best-selling novel La Cruz de San Andres. Cela, who denied the accusations, died in January 2002 before the case was settled. He was ultimately found not guilty.

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Toronto Media Company Launches Festival for Films Based on Books

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Online Only, posted 2.5.08

BookShorts, a media and production company based in Toronto, recently launched the Moving Stories Film Festival to celebrate the blending of moving images and the printed word. Amateur and professional filmmakers may submit recent films or videos based on any form of literature, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
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