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New Report Reveals Book Publishing Industry's Carbon Footprint

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Online Only, posted 3.12.08

The Green Press Initiative (GPI) and the Book Industry Study Group released on Monday a landmark study measuring the environmental impact of the U.S. book publishing industry. Monitoring publishing activity in 2006, which saw 4.15 billion books produced, the study found the industry's annual carbon footprint to be 12.4 million metric tons (or 8.85 pounds of carbon per book).

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Author's Sister Writes Next Chapter in Kureishi Family Feud

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Online Only, posted 3.11.08

The recent publication of Hanif Kureishi's new novel, Something to Tell You, by Faber and Faber has garnered the usual praise from critics in the U.K., but it's also attracted the ire of his sister, Yasmin, who says she wishes the author would stop using their family as inspiration for his fiction. More

Francine Prose to Serve Second Term as President of PEN American Center

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Online Only, posted 3.10.08

Novelist Francine Prose will serve as president of PEN American Center for a second one-year term, having run unopposed for the position, the Associated Press recently reported. PEN American members will meet later this week to make the selection official.

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Bang, Díaz, and Danticat Win NBCC Awards

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Online Only, posted 3.7.08

The National Book Critics Circle announced yesterday the winners of the 2007 book awards during a ceremony at the New School in New York City. Mary Jo Bang won in poetry for Elegy (Graywolf), Junot Díaz won in fiction for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead), and Edwidge Danticat won in autobiography for Brother, I'm Dying (Knopf). Awards were also given in the categories of biography, criticism, and nonfiction.

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A Close Call for Beyond Baroque Ends in Victory

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Online Only, posted 3.6.08

Two days before its lease was due to expire, Beyond Baroque, a literary nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, scored a grass-roots victory when the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously last Friday to approve a twenty-five-year extension at a dollar per year. More

Jean Valentine, Junot Díaz Among Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Online Only, posted 3.5.08

The Los Angeles Times announced last week the finalists for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The annual awards are given for books published in the United States during the award year in the categories of poetry, fiction, first fiction, current interest (which includes creative nonfiction), young adult fiction, history, mystery/thriller, science and technology, and biography. The winners, each of whom will receive $1,000, will be announced on April 25 at a ceremony at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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