Daily News from Poets & Writers

Amazon Acquires Digital Audio Provider Audible

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.8.08

Amazon announced yesterday plans to acquire Audible, Inc., the largest provider of digital audio in the United States, for approximately three hundred million dollars. Audible carries nearly eighty thousand spoken-word audio offerings, including audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, and podcasts.

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Late Spanish Novelist Accused of Plagiarism

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.6.08

A Spanish judge recently reopened a plagiarism case against the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist Camilo José Cela, the Independent reported. Carmen Formoso, author of the novel Carmen, Carmela, Carmiña, originally filed charges in 2001 alleging that Cela had lifted passages from her book for his best-selling novel La Cruz de San Andres. Cela, who denied the accusations, died in January 2002 before the case was settled. He was ultimately found not guilty.

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Toronto Media Company Launches Festival for Films Based on Books

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.5.08

BookShorts, a media and production company based in Toronto, recently launched the Moving Stories Film Festival to celebrate the blending of moving images and the printed word. Amateur and professional filmmakers may submit recent films or videos based on any form of literature, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
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Eck, Ferris, and Vida Named Finalists for Discover Great New Writers Award

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.4.08

Barnes & Noble announced last Friday the finalists for the 2007 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The winners will each receive $10,000. Second-place finalists will receive $5,000, and third-place, $2,500. The prizes will be awarded on February 27 at Barnes & Noble’s Lincoln Triangle store in New York City. More

Daniel Menaker to Host Online Book Program

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.30.08

A new online book program, Titlepage, will premiere on the Web site titlepage.tv on March 3, the New York Times reports. The show will present "passionate conversations about books," according to the program's Web site, with each episode featuring a round-table discussion among a group of authors and host Daniel Menaker, the former fiction editor of the New Yorker who stepped down as executive editor in chief of Random House last June. More

Investigators Uncover Plot to Assassinate Orhan Pamuk

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.29.08

At least thirteen people were arrested last week in Turkey as part of an investigation into an alleged plan to assassinate Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. Among those arrested, according to various international newspaper reports, is Kemal Kerincisz, the lawyer who tried to prosecute Pamuk as well as novelists Elif Shafak and Perhian Magden on charges of "insulting Turkishness."

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