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USPS Honors Richard Wright With Stamp

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 4.10.09

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The United States Postal Service unveiled a first-class stamp yesterday honoring American author and former postal employee Richard Wright. The dedication took place in the lobby of the Chicago Main Post Office, just across the street from the building where the author of Native Son once worked as a letter sorter. 

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Time to Show the Agents How Easy Their Jobs Are

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Online Only, posted 4.9.09

In response to the familiar complaint that some literary agents don't even bother to respond to author queries, agent Nathan Bransford launched on Sunday the "Be an Agent for the Day" Contest. "Think you can spot the good queries from the bad? Wondering how the view looks from our side? Think it's easy to respond to everyone?" he challenged.

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Chairman of New York Center for Independent Publishing Resigns

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Online Only, posted 4.8.09

Lloyd Jassin, chairman of the executive committee and the advisory counsel of the New York Center for Independent Publishing (NYCIP), has resigned from his posts at the organization.

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On Big Screens and Small, Filmmakers Enhance National Poetry Month

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 4.7.09

In addition to all the new books, public readings, and poem-a-day promotions that have so far marked National Poetry Month, a number of new films—from two-minute animated poems to feature-length documentaries—explore the work of poets and the impact it has on our lives. Here's a look at the poetry of John Ashbery, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, and Lorine Niedecker in film.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO to Retire

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Online Only, posted 4.6.09

Tony Lucki, CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, announced in a recent memo to staff that he will retire from his position on April 15. Lucki, who will maintain his association with HMH as chairman of the company, will be succeeded by Barry O’Callaghan, the current chair of HMH’s Dublin-based parent corporation, Education Media & Publishing Group.

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Denise Oswald Succeeds Richard Nash at Soft Skull, Counterpoint

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Online Only, posted 4.3.09

Counterpoint publisher Charlie Winton announced yesterday that Denise Oswald has been hired as editorial director of Soft Skull Press and senior editor of Counterpoint. She succeeds Richard Nash, who resigned in late February and whose last day at the press was March 10.

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