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Bertelsmann Names Peter Olson's Successor

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Online Only, posted 5.20.08

Bertelsmann chairman Hartmut Ostrowski announced today that Markus Dohle, head of the German media conglomerate's printing unit, will succeed Peter Olson as chairman of Random House. The annoucement comes two weeks after the New York Times reported Olson's departure following rumors that first surfaced at the London Book Fair last month.

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Poems by "World's Worst Poet" Fetch Hefty Sum at Auction

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Online Only, posted 5.19.08

Nineteenth-century poet William McGonagall, once dismissed as the world's worst, received posthumous compensation as a collection of thirty-five poems went for £6,600 (approximately thirteen thousand dollars) at auction last Friday in the poet's native Edinburgh, Scotland, BBC News reported.

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Readers Vote for Best of the Booker Prize

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Online Only, posted 5.16.08

The Man Booker Prize, the prestigious annual award given for a novel by a writer from the British Commonwealth or Ireland, will celebrate its fortieth anniversary by honoring one of its previous winners with the Best of the Booker Prize, judged ultimately by the reading public. Anyone may cast a vote for one of the six Best of the Booker finalists, selected from forty-one winning novels dating back to 1969 by judges Victoria Glendinning, Mariella Frostrup, and John Mullan.

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Tommy Lee Jones to Bring Hemingway to Big Screen

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Online Only, posted 5.15.08

Tommy Lee Jones is planning to adapt, produce, direct, and star in a film version of Ernest Hemingway's posthumous novel Island in the Stream (Scribner, 1970), Reuters reports. Morgan Freeman and John Goodman are reportedly in discussions to be involved in the project.

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Gary Snyder Wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

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Online Only, posted 5.14.08

The Poetry Foundation recently announced that Gary Snyder has won the 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will receive the $100,000 award at a ceremony held at the Arts Club of Chicago on May 29.

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HarperCollins to Phase Out Paper Catalogues

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Online Only, posted 5.13.08

HarperCollins announced yesterday that it is phasing out paper catalogues and replacing them with interactive, online lists of upcoming releases. The publisher plans to launch a beta version of the electronic catalogue in six to twelve months. By summer 2009, HarperCollins spokesperson Erin Crum told Publishers Weekly, the publisher's practice of sending out a hundred thousand paper catalogues to booksellers and librarians for each of the three publishing seasons—summer, winter, and fall—will be a thing of the past (though a limited number of print copies will still be produced).

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