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Edwidge Danticat and Tracy K. Smith Among Essence Literary Awards Finalists

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Online Only, posted 12.20.07

On February 7, 2008, Essence magazine will hold its first literary awards ceremony in New York City. Yesterday the lifestyle magazine for African American women announced the finalists in nine categories, including inspiration, nonfiction, current affairs, and photography.

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Emory University to Acquire Alice Walker Archive

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Online Only, posted 12.19.07

Emory University announced recently that after ten years of negotiations it has reached a deal with Alice Walker to acquire the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's papers. The archive includes journals and manuscripts dating to Walker’s teenage years in the 1950s and correspondence with eminent feminists such as Gloria Steinem and Tillie Olsen, among other artists and public figures. Walker said that Emory, located in the author’s native Georgia, is "a place where my archive can rest with joy in the company it keeps," the Associated Press reported. More

Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns Tops 2007 Book Sense Best-Seller List

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Online Only, posted 12.18.07

The American Booksellers Association released recently its 2007 Book Sense Best-seller list, which highlights the most popular titles sold at independent bookstores during the previous year. Fifteen books were featured in the categories of hardcover fiction, paperback fiction, hardcover nonfiction, paperback nonfiction, children’s fiction, and children’s illustrated. More

Pilot by Jonathan Ames to Air on Cable Network

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Online Only, posted 12.17.07

Novelist and creative nonfiction writer Jonathan Ames is no stranger to television—he is a recurring guest on The Late Show With David Letterman—but on Tuesday, Showtime will air the author's long-awaited pilot, "What's Not to Love," based on his essay collection of the same title, published by Crown in 2000.

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NBCC Releases Results of 2007 Ethics Survey

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Online Only, posted 12.14.07

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) recently released the results of its 2007 Ethics of Book Reviewing survey, a follow-up to a similar survey conducted twenty years ago. Three hundred and sixty-four reviewers, most of whom are NBCC members, weighed in on thirty-three topics such as who should be reviewing books and what books should be considered for review, addressing issues of favoritism, honesty, and relationships between reviewers and publishers. More

Portzline Cancels Next Year's Why Indie Bookstores Matter Tour

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Online Only, posted 12.12.07

Larry Portzline, the founder of the grassroots movement Bookstore Tourism who earlier this year announced his plans for a ten-week trip to visit independent bookstores across the country in early 2008, recently decided to call off all activities associated with indie bookstores.

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