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Dante Cleared of Crime Seven Centuries After His Death

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Online Only, posted 6.19.08

Nearly seven hundred years after his death, Dante Alighieri, Italy's most famous poet, finally has a clean criminal record. The city council of Florence voted earlier this week to revoke a death sentence placed on the poet in 1302.

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Vermont Inn Invites Jane Austen Enthusiasts to Slip Back in Time

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Online Only, posted 6.18.08

A Vermont inn recently announced that it will host a series of four themed weekends aimed at giving Jane Austen aficionados a taste of the author's nineteenth-century lifestyle.

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Hanks and Howard Banned From Filming Angels and Demons in Rome Churches

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Online Only, posted 6.17.08

The Roman Catholic Church yesterday declared two churches in Rome off limits to Ron Howard's film crews as they resume production of Angels and Demons, the film adaption of Dan Brown's prequel to The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks, the Associated Press reported. Filming had been delayed due to the writers' strike. More

Debut Novelist Rawi Hage Wins IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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Online Only, posted 6.13.08

Dublin mayor Paddy Bourke announced yesterday that Rawi Hage has won the 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the most lucrative prize given for a single work of fiction published in English, for his first novel, De Niro’s Game (House of Anansi Press, 2006). He received 100,000 euros (approximately $155,000).

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Novelist Indra Sinha Joins Hunger Strike in New Delhi

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Online Only, posted 6.12.08

Indra Sinha, author of the novel Animal's People (Simon & Schuster, 2008), began a hunger strike on Tuesday to protest the Indian government's neglect of victims of the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster, the event at the heart of his Booker Prize-nominated book, the Guardian recently reported. Sinha traveled from his home in London to New Delhi to join nine other protestors, seven of whom have been affected by contamination of air and water around the disaster site.

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Denis Johnson’s New Novel to Be Serialized in Playboy

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Online Only, posted 6.11.08

Denis Johnson, whose epic novel Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) won the 2007 National Book Award in fiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will begin testing new literary waters this summer with a serial novel, written on deadline for and published in installments in Playboy.

 

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