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Obama Stresses Importance of Reading, Writing

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.15.08

During a series of question and answers following his speech in Fairfax, Virginia, last Thursday, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama made some comments about writing and reading.

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Rushdie's Midnight's Children Wins Third Booker Honor

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.14.08

Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel Midnight's Children (Jonathan Cape) was recently announced winner of the Best of the Booker award, a celebratory honor given to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Man Booker Prize.

 

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Lahiri Chosen From Longlist to Win O'Connor Short Story Award

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 7.11.08

Jhumpa Lahiri was recently named winner of the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, more than two months in advance of the scheduled winner announcement.

 

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PEN Releases Failing Progress Report on Free Expression in China

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.9.08

Three international PEN centers have found that over the past year, as buildup to the Beijing Olympic Games has reached a crescendo, freedom of expression in China continues to be squelched by the Chinese government.

 

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Poe's Bronx Cottage to Receive Major Facelift

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Online Only, posted 7.7.08

The historic final home of Edgar Allan Poe, located in the Bronx, New York, will receive its first full renovation beginning next spring, the Associated Press reported. The one-and-a-half story cottage, the last house remaining from the bucolic village of Fordham, will undergo a quarter-million-dollar facelift, including restoration of the shingles, shutters, paint, and plaster. The work is expected to last one year.

 

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Welsh Poet Wins Prize for Memoir of Wife's Death

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Online Only, posted 7.3.08

After some initial confusion at an award ceremony on Tuesday evening, poet Dannie Abse was named winner of the Wales Book of the Year for his memoir The Presence (Hutchinson, 2007), which he wrote following his wife's death in 2005.

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