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Facts in 2007 Best-selling Memoir Challenged by Australian Newspaper

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Online Only, posted 1.22.08

A newspaper in Australia recently published a report challenging the accuracy of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Sara Crichton Books, 2007), a debut book by Ishmael Beah that was marketed in Starbucks and chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by Time magazine. More

Rushdie's Visit to Mumbai Ignites Protest

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Online Only, posted 1.18.08

Salman Rushdie's recent visit to India sparked protests by Muslim groups, prompting threats from a leading organization to boycott the products manufactured by Rushdie’s hosts, the owners of a major Indian corporation, the Associated Press reported. Shortly after Rushdie's arrival, Muslim groups began demonstrating outside the home of the Godrej family, the owners of Godrej Industries Ltd., which manufactures furniture, machinery, and chemicals. As protests turned toward the family, the author ended his visit on Tuesday, two days earlier than planned.

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Poet Sean O'Brien Wins 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize

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Online Only, posted 1.17.08

On Monday, British poet Sean O'Brien was awarded the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize for his collection The Drowned Book (Macmillan). O'Brien also won the 2007 Forward Poetry Prize for a record-breaking third time last October. He is the first author to receive both prestigious awards, the most lucrative in the United Kingdom, in the same year.

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Indie Melville House Moves From Hoboken to Brooklyn

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Online Only, posted 1.17.08

Independent publisher Melville House recently moved its offices from Hoboken, New Jersey, to the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The new location includes adequate space for a bookstore, which will open its doors this Saturday, as well as a venue for literary events. More

Texas State University Buys McCarthy Archive for $2 Million

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Online Only, posted 1.15.08

Novelist Cormac McCarthy recently sold his archives to the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University, San Marcos, for $2 million. More

Joyce Carol Oates Nominated for Two NBCC Book Awards

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Online Only, posted 1.14.08

On Saturday, the National Book Critics Circle, a nonprofit organization composed of seven hundred book critics and reviewers from across the country, announced the finalists for the 2007 book awards. The winners in each category—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, criticism, and biography—will be named on March 6 at an awards ceremony in New York City.

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