Daily News from Poets & Writers

Registration Opens for Annual Kerouac 5K

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 8.25.09

Plans are underway in Lowell, Massachusetts for the seventh annual Jack Kerouac 5K Road Race, a 3.1-mile run through the city where the eponymous Beat writer was born and eventually buried. Proceeds from the event, scheduled for Sunday, September 27, will fund the Jack Kerouac Scholarship, awarded each year to a graduate of Lowell High School, the author’s alma mater.

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Arts Coalition Urges Healthcare Reform

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 8.24.09

A coalition of organizations representing artists and cultural workers has entered the national debate on healthcare reform. Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with twenty other national nonprofit groups, has called on Congress to enact a public health insurance option for individual artists, along with measures making it easier for cash-strapped cultural organizations to provide adequate coverage for employees.

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Atwood Embarks on Eco-Friendly Book Tour

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 8.21.09

Margaret Atwood plans to keep it green as she tours in support of her latest novel, an environmental calamity tale titled The Year of the Flood, forthcoming from Nan A. Talese next month. The Booker Prize-winning author will travel by train where possible, carry minimal luggage, eschew bottled water, and require that venues serve only fair trade, bird-friendly coffee.

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Barnes & Noble Reissues Out-of-print Works

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 8.20.09

Barnes & Noble expanded its publishing program yesterday with the launch of a new imprint dedicated to republishing out-of-print books. The Barnes & Noble Rediscovers project will reissue noteworthy works of history, literature, philosophy, and science as redesigned, specially priced hardcovers. 

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Ohio Libraries Face 30 Percent Cut in State Aid

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 8.19.09

Despite a circulation boom, public libraries in Ohio are scrambling to close branches, reduce hours, and lay off staff—all in an attempt to cope with an unprecedented drop in state funding. According to the Ohio Library Council, reductions approved last month to the Public Library Fund, along with declining tax revenues, are expected to shrink library budgets by as much as 30 percent.

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Underground Book Exchange Comes to New York City

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 8.18.09

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Literature-craving commuters in New York City can now enjoy their own version of a program first launched in the London Underground six months ago—a free book exchange. Choose What You Read NY, a volunteer-run nonprofit, has begun setting up camp near major subway stations on the first Tuesday of each month to collect and redistribute donated books.

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