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Hadley, Lam, and Shepard Named Story Prize Finalists

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Online Only, posted 1.10.08

The finalists for the fourth annual Story Prize, a $20,000 award given for the year's best short fiction, were announced yesterday. More

Hernández Cruz and Padgett Join Academy's Board of Chancellors

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Online Only, posted 1.9.08

The Academy of American Poets announced yesterday that Victor Hernández Cruz and Ron Padgett have been elected to its board of chancellors. Hernández Cruz’s most recent poetry collection is The Mountain in the Sea (Coffee House Press, 2006), and Padgett’s most recent collections are How to Be Perfect (Coffee House Press, 2007) and If I Were You: Collaborative Poems (Proper Tales Press, 2007).

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It Is What It Is: University Releases List of Overused Words, Phrases

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Online Only, posted 1.8.08

Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula recently released its thirty-third annual list of "Words Banished From the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness." More

Poet Jean Sprackland Among Winners of Costa Book Awards

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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