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Twitter Shuts Down Angelou Impostor

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.27.09

The Twitter user claiming to be Maya Angelou has come clean as an impostor.

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Richard Nash to Leave Soft Skull, Counterpoint

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.26.09

Richard Nash announced yesterday that he will be stepping down as editorial director of Soft Skull Press and executive editor of Counterpoint on March 10. In a press release, Counterpoint publisher Charlie Winton, who bought the financially struggling Soft Skull about eighteen months ago, indicated that the company will continue to publish the Soft Skull imprint as well as maintain its editorial office in New York City.

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Atwood Reverses Decision, Will Appear at Festival to Discuss Censorship

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Online Only, posted 2.25.09

After bowing out of the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature, author Margaret Atwood announced last Friday that she will be appearing at the event, via video.

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Harper Perennial Builds Fifty-Two Stories Blog

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.24.09

Harper Perennial announced last Wednesday that it will offer a free short story every week throughout 2009. Each Sunday night the HarperCollins imprint will post a new short story on the blog Fifty-Two Stories. Eight stories, including "Wish Fulfillment" by Mary Gaitskill, "Burn Me Up" by Tom Piazza, and "Beauty Stolen From Another World" by Louise Erdrich, have already been published.

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Ginsberg’s "Howl" to Echo in Film

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.23.09

The independent production company Werc Werk Works announced last Thursday that it has signed on to finance a feature film about the creation of and controversy surrounding Allen Ginsberg’s long poem "Howl."

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PEN American Center Drafts Petition to Free Chinese Writer

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.20.09

A petition drafted by PEN American Center calling for the release of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, who was arrested by Chinese authorities on December 8, has received over a thousand signatures, and the organization is continuing to seek supporters.

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