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Frey's Big Week: Novel Sells 14,000 Copies, L.A. Reading Turns Ugly

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.22.08

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James Frey has had quite a week. His novel, Bright Shiny Day, published last Tuesday by HarperCollins, has sold 14,343 copies, according Nielson BookScan, which tracks about 70 percent of a book's total sales.

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"Footprints in the Sand" Lead to the Courthouse

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.21.08

The son of Mary Stevenson, the woman who asserted that she was the original writer of the poem "Footprints in the Sand," is suing two individuals whose claims of authorship have allowed them to profit from the piece. Basil Zangare recently brought his case against Carolyn Joyce Carty of North Carolina and Margaret Fishback Powers of Canada to Long Island Federal Court, the New York Daily News reported, claiming that his mother, who died in 1999, penned the poem in 1936 when she was fourteen.

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Bertelsmann Names Peter Olson's Successor

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.20.08

Bertelsmann chairman Hartmut Ostrowski announced today that Markus Dohle, head of the German media conglomerate's printing unit, will succeed Peter Olson as chairman of Random House. The annoucement comes two weeks after the New York Times reported Olson's departure following rumors that first surfaced at the London Book Fair last month.

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Poems by "World's Worst Poet" Fetch Hefty Sum at Auction

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.19.08

Nineteenth-century poet William McGonagall, once dismissed as the world's worst, received posthumous compensation as a collection of thirty-five poems went for £6,600 (approximately thirteen thousand dollars) at auction last Friday in the poet's native Edinburgh, Scotland, BBC News reported.

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Readers Vote for Best of the Booker Prize

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.16.08

The Man Booker Prize, the prestigious annual award given for a novel by a writer from the British Commonwealth or Ireland, will celebrate its fortieth anniversary by honoring one of its previous winners with the Best of the Booker Prize, judged ultimately by the reading public. Anyone may cast a vote for one of the six Best of the Booker finalists, selected from forty-one winning novels dating back to 1969 by judges Victoria Glendinning, Mariella Frostrup, and John Mullan.

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Tommy Lee Jones to Bring Hemingway to Big Screen

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.15.08

Tommy Lee Jones is planning to adapt, produce, direct, and star in a film version of Ernest Hemingway's posthumous novel Island in the Stream (Scribner, 1970), Reuters reports. Morgan Freeman and John Goodman are reportedly in discussions to be involved in the project.

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Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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