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Signature on Kerouac’s Will Ruled a Forgery

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 7.29.09

The fifteen-year battle for control over the estate of Jack Kerouac reached a turning point on Friday when a Florida judge ruled that the signature on his mother’s will is a forgery. Gabrielle Kerouac purportedly left her son’s assets—including letters, notebooks, and unpublished manuscripts—to his third wife, Stella Sampas Kerouac, in 1973. That bequest has been the subject of a long-running dispute between the Sampas family, which still controls the estate, and Kerouac’s surviving blood-relatives.

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University of Michigan to Reissue Rare Books Through Amazon

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 7.28.09

On the heels of a similar project launched by Cambridge University Press, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, last week announced plans to make rare and out-of-copyright books from its library system available through BookSurge, Amazon’s print-on-demand division. The program’s initial offering encompasses more than four hundred thousand titles in languages ranging from Acoli to Zulu.

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Keats Home Reopens; Hughes Home Foreclosed

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 7.27.09

Two sites of literary history met very different fates last week. In London, the former home of Romantic poet John Keats was reopened to the public after a £500,000 (approximately $820,475) restoration. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, the house where Langston Hughes lived as a teenager was sold in a foreclosure auction for $16,667.

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Zadie Smith Joins NYU Creative Writing Faculty

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 7.24.09

New York University announced this month that it has appointed Orange Prize-winner Zadie Smith as a full professor in its creative writing program. Smith, who currently teaches at Columbia University, will begin her tenure in September 2010. 

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Bruce Nichols Joins HMH as Adult Trade Publisher

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 7.23.09

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced yesterday that Bruce Nichols has been appointed senior vice president and publisher of adult trade and reference, filling a position left vacant since Rebecca Saletan resigned last December.

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Cambridge Announces New Print-on-Demand Venture

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 7.22.09

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has kicked off a new print-on-demand project to make rare and out-of-print books available worldwide. The Cambridge Library Collection, which launched on Monday, uses digital scanning technology to reissue works readers would otherwise have to travel to far-flung libraries to consult. 

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