Daily News from Poets & Writers

Debut Novelists Make Strong Showing in Orange Prize Shortlist

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Online Only, posted 4.16.08

Orange Broadband released yesterday the shortlist for the 2008 Orange Prize, given annually to a woman writer for a novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award, which carries with it a cash prize of £30,000 (approximately $59,250), is open to writers of any nationality. This year's finalists are from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

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McSweeney's Books Signs U.K. Distribution Deal

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Online Only, posted 4.15.08

McSweeney's Books, the imprint of Dave Eggers's ten-year-old literary magazine McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, recently signed a distribution deal with Atlantic Books in London, the Bookseller reported yesterday. Under the new deal, which was brokered by agents Scott Moyers in New York City and Sarah Chalfont in London, Atlantic Books will distribute six McSweeney's titles per year in the U.K. and the Commonwealth. The first title is Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story.

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Ashbery, Equi, and Eshleman Among Griffin Finalists

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Online Only, posted 4.14.08

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The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry recently announced the finalists for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize. Seven books were selected from over five hundred poetry collections published in English during the previous year, including nineteen translations. The award, given annually to both a Canadian and an international author or translator for a book of verse, carries a cash prize of $100,000 Canadian (approximately $98,064), divided between the two winners.

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New York Public Library Names Last Year's Books to Remember

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Online Only, posted 4.11.08

The New York Public Library recently released its list of twenty-five books to remember from 2007, naming poetry, fiction, and nonfiction titles that exemplify “literary excellence, uniqueness of concept, and command of subject matter.”

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Protest Poem Follows Olympic Torch

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Online Only, posted 4.10.08

International PEN, the parent organization of PEN American Center, recently launched a "virtual demonstration" to raise awareness about freedom of expression in China as protests continue during the twenty-one-nation Olympic torch relay leading up to the Beijing games in August. The international association of writers arranged to have the poem "June" by imprisoned Chinese poet and journalist Shi Tao translated into over sixty languages. The poem is being sent electronically to cities around the world to correspond to the different destinations of the Olympic torch.

 

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New HarperCollins Group to Strike Author Advances, Offer Profit Sharing

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Online Only, posted 4.9.08

Robert Miller, founding publisher and president of Hyperion, is stepping down from his post to join HarperCollins in a new publishing venture, the New York Times reported. With Miller at the helm, HarperCollins is developing a book "studio" that will implement profit sharing with authors, doing away with cash advances. The group will also attempt to eliminate bookseller returns.

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