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Poet Jean Sprackland Among Winners of Costa Book Awards

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.7.08

The winners of the 2007 Costa Book Awards, formerly known as the Whitbread Literary Awards, were announced recently in London. Jean Sprackland won in poetry for her collection Tilt (Jonathan Cape), Catherine O’Flynn won the first novel award for What Was Lost (Tindal Street Press), and A. L. Kennedy won the novel award for Day (Jonathan Cape). Each received £5,000 (approximately $9,865), and their books will advance to compete for the Costa Book of the Year Award, which carries with it a prize of £25,000 (approximately $49,324).

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Minneapolis and St. Paul Climb the Ranks of America's Most Literate Cities

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Online Only, posted 1.4.08

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) released recently the results of its 2007 survey on America’s most literate cities, with Minneapolis earning the top spot over Seattle, which has placed first in the past two years. The survey was designed to measure "people’s use of their literacy," according to CCSU president Jack Miller’s letter on the survey Web site, and ranked cities within categories of library resources, Internet resources and use, number of booksellers, adult education level, newspaper circulation, and publication of magazines and journals.

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A Newspaper Expands Book Coverage While Yet Another One Cuts It Back

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Online Only, posted 1.3.08

In an editorial published in last Sunday's edition of the Times-Picayune, a daily newspaper in New Orleans, the editors wrote, "In the past year, newspapers across the country have made dramatic cutbacks in their coverage of books," and went on to announce that on January 11 the newspaper will debut "The Reading Life," an expanded package of book reviews and coverage of the New Orleans literary scene in the Living section each Friday. More

Vermont Home of Robert Frost Ransacked

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Online Only, posted 1.2.08

Homer Noble Farm, one of the residences of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost, was vandalized last Friday by what authorities believe to be a group of up to fifty underage partygoers, the Associated Press reported. More

Borders and Sony Open E-book Store Online

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.21.07

Borders announced yesterday that it has partnered with Sony to launch a new online store offering over twenty-five thousand e-books available for download onto the Sony Reader. The site is accessible only to Borders customers who purchase the device from one of the bookseller’s brick-and-mortar stores.

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Edwidge Danticat and Tracy K. Smith Among Essence Literary Awards Finalists

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Online Only, posted 12.20.07

On February 7, 2008, Essence magazine will hold its first literary awards ceremony in New York City. Yesterday the lifestyle magazine for African American women announced the finalists in nine categories, including inspiration, nonfiction, current affairs, and photography.

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