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Poland Celebrates the Work of Poet Zbigniew Herbert

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Online Only, posted 7.29.08

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On Sunday, the eve of the tenth anniversary of the death of celebrated Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert, an open-air performance of the play The Reconstruction of a Poet was held in Warsaw. The play, originally written as a radio drama, is one of five the poet produced in his life. The event also featured a multimedia installation on three giant video screens, including a selection of poems from Herbert's 1974 book Mr. Cogito, Chris Niedenthal's photos of Poland in the 1970s, and a television interview the poet gave in 1972.

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Toni Morrison Dedicates Memorial Bench to Slaves

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Online Only, posted 7.28.08

On Saturday, novelist Toni Morrison gathered with a crowd of supporters on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, to dedicate a “bench by the road” celebrating the lives and legacy of millions of slaves.

 

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Sony Adopts EPUB E-Book Format to Broaden Content for Readers

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Online Only, posted 7.25.08

Sony announced today that its Reader, the digital book viewing device released nearly two years ago, will now support electronic books and other publications released in EPUB format.

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Elie Wiesel's Attacker Found Guilty of Felony Hate Crime

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Online Only, posted 7.24.08

The man who attacked Holocaust survivor and novelist Elie Wiesel in a hotel elevator last year was found guilty of a felony hate crime charge of false imprisonment by a San Francisco jury on Monday. Twenty-four-year-old Eric Hunt was also found guilty of misdemeanor battery and elder abuse; he was cleared of five other felony charges, including kidnapping.

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Semifinalists for Man Asian Literary Prize Announced

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Online Only, posted 7.23.08

On Tuesday, the administrators of the Man Asian Literary Prize released their longlist of twenty-one semifinalists for the 2008 award, given for a novel by an Asian author that has not yet been published in English.

 

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Los Angeles Times to Kill Sunday Book Review Section

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Online Only, posted 7.22.08

The Los Angeles Times is laying off two of its book editors and ending its standalone Sunday book review section on July 27, Publishers Weekly reported yesterday. Although Nancy Sullivan, executive director of corporate communications at the newspaper would not comment on the future of its book coverage, four former editors of the section wrote a joint letter complaining about the cuts.

 

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