Daily News from Poets & Writers

Poe's Bronx Cottage to Receive Major Facelift

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Online Only, posted 7.7.08

The historic final home of Edgar Allan Poe, located in the Bronx, New York, will receive its first full renovation beginning next spring, the Associated Press reported. The one-and-a-half story cottage, the last house remaining from the bucolic village of Fordham, will undergo a quarter-million-dollar facelift, including restoration of the shingles, shutters, paint, and plaster. The work is expected to last one year.

 

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Welsh Poet Wins Prize for Memoir of Wife's Death

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Online Only, posted 7.3.08

After some initial confusion at an award ceremony on Tuesday evening, poet Dannie Abse was named winner of the Wales Book of the Year for his memoir The Presence (Hutchinson, 2007), which he wrote following his wife's death in 2005.

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Literary Agent Battles Online Criticism In Court

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Online Only, posted 7.2.08

Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined representatives for Wikipedia in a New Jersey court on Tuesday to fight for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by literary agent Barbara Bauer, the New Jersey Star-Ledger recently reported. Bauer sued Wikimedia, the online encyclopedia's parent company; the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Web site; and nineteen bloggers and Web site administrators who have posted disparaging comments about Bauer on sites such as AbsoluteWrite.com and YouTube.

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NPR Expands Book Coverage Online

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Online Only, posted 7.1.08

In a refreshing twist on the continuing trend of dwindling book coverage, a national media outlet has actually expanded its literary presence online, Publishers Weekly reported yesterday. National Public Radio recently increased the number of weekly book reviews and other features on its Web site at NPR.org, hiring six new book reviewers, including Bookslut.com's Jessa Crispin and former National Book Critics Circle president John Freeman.

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Margaret Atwood Wins Prince of Asturias Prize for Lifetime Achievement

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Online Only, posted 6.27.08

Canadian poet and novelist Margaret Atwood was recently named the winner of Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize for Letters, which carries a prize of 50,000 euros (approximately $77,750), in recognition of the author's outstanding literary achievement and contribution to the arts.

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First Edition of Jane Austen Novel Sets World Record at Auction

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Online Only, posted 6.26.08

A first edition of Jane Austen's novel Emma, published in 1816, was recently sold for the record-breaking sum of £180,000 (approximately $354,095) at a London auction. 

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