Daily News from Poets & Writers

President, First Lady to Continue Laura Bush's Book Festival

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.28.09

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will serve as honorary chairs of the National Book Festival on September 26, continuing the annual event launched by former first lady Laura Bush in 2001.

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Book: The Sequel to Be Published at BEA

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.27.09

A collaborative book-writing project launched in April by independent press Perseus Books will come to fruition this weekend at BookExpo America in New York City.

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Oxford Poetry Drama Continues: Padel Admits to Sending E-mails, Resigns

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.26.09

Ruth Padel, the poet chosen ten days ago to become the first female professor of poetry at Oxford University, resigned yesterday after admitting she alerted newspaper reporters to sexual harassment allegations against poet Derek Walcott, who subsequently dropped out of the race for the post.

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Budget Cuts Loom for the Southern Review, LSU Press

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.22.09

Officials at Louisiana State University (LSU) say funding cuts under consideration by the state legislature could threaten the survival of the Southern Review and LSU Press. The revered literary journal and the state’s only university-supported publishing house were among those singled out in the university's preliminary budget reduction proposal.

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Reading Rights Coalition Steps Up Criticism of Random House Over Text-to-Speech Function

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.21.09

Two months after the National Federation of the Blind and eight other disability groups wrote a strongly worded letter to Random House asking the publisher to reconsider its decision to deactivate the Amazon Kindle 2's text-to-speech function for its e-book titles, Random House last week went ahead with its plan to disable the software, provoking a sharp rebuke from the coalition.

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Bowker: Print-on-Demand Up, Traditional Books Down for 2008

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.20.09

There was a slight decline in traditional book production last year, but the number of print-on-demand books more than doubled, reported Bowker, the agency that publishes the Books In Print database and assigns ISBNs.

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