Daily News from Poets & Writers

HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman Resigns

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.6.08

Less than a month after it was reported that Random House CEO Peter Olson would be stepping down from his post, Jane Friedman announced Wednesday that she had resigned as president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, a position she held for ten years. Soon thereafter, HarperCollins announced that Brian Murray, the company's president since July 2007, will succeed Friedman. The timing of the announcement has led to speculation that Friedman's intentions had been known to higher-ups for some time, though the news reportedly came as a shock to many of her colleagues.

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Ashbery Adds to Long List of Honors, Wins Griffin Poetry Prize

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Online Only, posted 6.5.08

On Wednesday, John Ashbery and Robin Blaser were named the winners of the eighth annual Griffin Poetry Prize, awarded to both a Canadian and an international author or translator for a book of poetry published in English during the previous year. 

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Financial Woes May Force Closure of Mark Twain's Historic Home

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Online Only, posted 6.4.08

The home where Mark Twain penned classics such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court may be shutting its doors to the public, as the nonprofit organization that has shaped the property into a cultural center has encountered what may be the final blows in a recent deluge of financial troubles, the New York Times reported yesterday.

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Homer Noble Farm Vandals Required to Study Frost Poems

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Online Only, posted 6.3.08

The witty headlines are everywhere: Poetic Justice! From Bad to Verse! The Associated Press reported today that the vandals who broke into Robert Frost's former home in Ripton, Vermont, last December and caused more then ten thousand dollars in damage are being required to take poetry classes as punishment. Twenty-eight people—all but two of them teenagers—were ordered to study "The Road Not Taken" and another poem with Frost biographer Jay Parini.

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Laura Albert's Collaborator to Publish JT LeRoy Memoir

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Online Only, posted 6.2.08

The woman Laura Albert enlisted to publicly impersonate JT LeRoy, the fictional author created by Albert whose non-identity was exposed in 2005, will publish her own account of the hoax, the New York Post reported today. Twenty-seven-year-old Savannah Knoop, the half sister of Albert's former partner Geoffrey Knoop, has written Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy, her memoir of socializing with celebrities while posing, complete with sunglasses and blond wig, as the author of Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, works purportedly based on the author's experiences as a twelve-year-old homeless, abused, and drug-addicted son of a prostitute. Seven Stories Press will publish Knoop's book in October. 

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Reports Show Rise in Book Publication and Sales, but Forecast Is Cloudy

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Online Only, posted 5.30.08

Book sales rose slightly in 2007 over the previous year, but the upward trend seen over the past few years may not continue, the New York Times reported today.

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