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The NEA Launches the Big Read in Egypt

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Online Only, posted 4.21.08

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today the launch of the Big Read Egypt/U.S., the second international component of the organization's community-based literary program.

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Irish American Authors Unite to Endorse Barack Obama

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Online Only, posted 4.18.08

Forty-three writers and artists recently formed the Irish American Writers and Artists Association to support Barack Obama in his run for the presidency. In this week's issue of the Irish Echo, an Irish American newspaper, authors such as Thomas Cahill, Peter Quinn, T. J. English, and Jimmy Breslin joined filmmaker Ed Burns, actress Karen Duffy, and musician Mick Moloney, among others, in signing a full-page advertisement endorsing the Illinois senator.

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VH1 Holds Poetry Contest, Winner Gets Madonna Tickets

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Online Only, posted 4.17.08

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The music television channel VH1 began accepting submissions Tuesday for a contest that challenges poets to write four lines of verse about famed pop star Madonna. The jackpot? Two tickets to see her perform at New York City's Roseland Ballroom on April 30, a day after the release of her new CD, Hard Candy.

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Debut Novelists Make Strong Showing in Orange Prize Shortlist

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Online Only, posted 4.16.08

Orange Broadband released yesterday the shortlist for the 2008 Orange Prize, given annually to a woman writer for a novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award, which carries with it a cash prize of £30,000 (approximately $59,250), is open to writers of any nationality. This year's finalists are from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

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McSweeney's Books Signs U.K. Distribution Deal

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Online Only, posted 4.15.08

McSweeney's Books, the imprint of Dave Eggers's ten-year-old literary magazine McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, recently signed a distribution deal with Atlantic Books in London, the Bookseller reported yesterday. Under the new deal, which was brokered by agents Scott Moyers in New York City and Sarah Chalfont in London, Atlantic Books will distribute six McSweeney's titles per year in the U.K. and the Commonwealth. The first title is Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story.

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Ashbery, Equi, and Eshleman Among Griffin Finalists

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Online Only, posted 4.14.08

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The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry recently announced the finalists for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize. Seven books were selected from over five hundred poetry collections published in English during the previous year, including nineteen translations. The award, given annually to both a Canadian and an international author or translator for a book of verse, carries a cash prize of $100,000 Canadian (approximately $98,064), divided between the two winners.

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