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President of Edith Wharton Restoration Quits Amid Financial Trouble

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Online Only, posted 4.3.08

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The president of Edith Wharton Restoration, the organization that owns and maintains the Mount, the author's landmark estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, has stepped down, the New York Times reports. Stephanie Copeland, who served as president since 1993, led the restoration of the Mount, which began in 2001 and has received awards for preservation. The site is now on the register of National Historic Landmarks.

 

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Lloyd Jones Wins Kiriyama Prize in Fiction

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Online Only, posted 4.2.08

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Pacific Rim Voices announced yesterday the winners of the twelfth annual Kiriyama Prize. New Zealand author Lloyd Jones won in fiction for his novel Mister Pip (Knopf Canada). Julia Whitty, who was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and lives in California, won in nonfiction for her book The Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific (Houghton Mifflin). Each received fifteen thousand dollars. More

Writing Workshop Documentary to Air on PBS

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Online Only, posted 4.1.08

A half-hour documentary on a local writing workshop that began in southern New Hampshire in 1974 is being aired on public television stations across the country during National Poetry Month. Mondays at Skimmilk: 30 Years of Writers at Work, directed by Ken Browne, originally aired last April on New Hampshire Public Television, but has since been picked up by American Public Television and is being presented on nearly fifty PBS stations in more than two dozen states. More

Francine Prose to Condoleezza Rice: Let Banned British Memoirist In

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Online Only, posted 4.1.08

Two weeks after customs officials detained British memoirist Sebastian Horsley and prevented him from entering the United States, the PEN American Center has issued a letter of appeal to the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to review the case and allow the author to return to the country. Horsley, who flew back to the U.K. after the incident at Newark Liberty International Airport on March 18, has been invited to paricipate in PEN's World Voices Festival of International Literature at the end of this month.

 

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McSweeney's and eMusic Release First in a Series of Quarterly Audiobooks

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Online Only, posted 3.28.08

Digital audio retailer eMusic recently announced a partnership with McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, the literary magazine founded by Dave Eggers in 1998, to release a series of audiobooks based on essays previously featured in the magazine. A new audiobook, McSweeney's Notes from the Field, will be available exclusively from eMusic every three months.

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Hosseini Beats Bloom, Chabon, Patchett, and Russo for Book Sense Book of the Year

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Online Only, posted 3.26.08

Khaled Hosseini's novel A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead) was recently named the winner of the 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Award in the category of fiction by the American Booksellers Association. Barbara Kingsolver, along with coauthors Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver, won in nonfiction for Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (HarperCollins). More