Daily News from Poets & Writers

NEA Grants Nearly $3.8 Million for Big Read Programs

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.24.09

Yesterday the National Endowment for the Arts announced that it would grant $3,742,765 to 269 organizations nationwide to fund Big Read programming from September 2009 to June 2010.

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Perseus Cuts Twenty Positions, Will Publish Fewer Books Next Year

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.23.09

Perseus Books Group, whose imprints include Basic Books, DaCapo, Running Press, Vanguard Press, Seal Press, and Public Affairs, laid off twenty people late last week. The layoffs affect about 3 percent of the publisher's total work force; most of the positions being cut are from the publishing side of the company and a few are from the distribution side.

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Google Adds New Features to Book Search

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.22.09

Even as the government continues its antitrust investigation of last year’s class-action settlement between Google and the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild, the online search engine is stepping up accessibility to its current collection of digitized books and periodicals.

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Temporary Restraining Order Issued in Salinger Suit

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.19.09

A federal judge in New York City has issued a ten-day restraining order blocking the U.S. publication of Fredrik Colting’s 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. In her Wednesday ruling, judge Deborah Batts said she needed more time to determine whether the unauthorized sequel to The Catcher in the Rye was allowable under “fair use” provisions.

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Academy Establishes Web Resource for Teen Poets

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.18.09

Yesterday, the Academy of American Poets launched a new online poetry resource targeted at teenage readers and writers of poetry.

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Penguin Group Launches Multimedia "Office"

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.17.09

Penguin Group recently unveiled a new portion of its Web site called From the Publisher's Office that presents a range of multimedia features promoting the publisher's titles. The new "Web network" contains content that was created, recorded and produced by Penguin editors and staff specifically for the site.

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