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Today: 23 ноября 2017.:

Literature and Culture News

2012 National Book Award Poetry Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards have been announced. 181 poetry collections were submitted by publishers this year. Here is the list of finalists: David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press) Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press) Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press) Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Susan Wheeler, Meme (University of Iowa Press) This year's poetry judges are Laura Kasischke, Dana Levin, Maurice Manning, Patrick Rosal and Tracy K. Smith. The winning poetry book will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony on November 14, 2012. Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Federal Judge Rules Against Authors Guild in Hathitrust-Google Book Scanning Case

Publishers Weekly reports that the Authors Guild suffered a stinging defeat in the Google scanning/Hathitrust lawsuit. The Authors Guild alleged that Google was engaging in massive copyright infringement when it scanned millions of books from libraries and colleges. Hathitrust owns the digital archive created by the massive book scanning project. The trust is co-owned by a collective of research libraries, although Google does the scanning and gets a copy of the digital archive. Federal judge Harold Baer granted the HathiTrust's motion for summary judgment against the Authors Guild. The judge ruled that Google's scanning project fit squarely in the definition of fair use under copyright law. The ruling also hurts the Authors Guild in its companion lawsuit against Google. The judge said in his opinion: "Although I recognize that the facts here may on some levels be without precedent, I am convinced that they fall safely within the protection of fair use." Judge Baer said that the scanning project is an "invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts." The judge was especially impressed at the project's progress in making works available for the deaf and the visually impaired. The National Federation for the Blind intervened in the case and filed a brief in support of the scanning project. Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Shortlists for 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize Announced

The two shortlists for the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize have been announced. This is the fifth year for the annual prize, which awards prizes in two categories: Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under and Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen. The winners each receive 2,500 pounds. Here are the shortlists: The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under The Baby that Roared by Simon Puttock, illustrated by Nadia Shireen (Nosy Crow) My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson (Random House Children's Books, Jonathan Cape) Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton (Walker Books) The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar) Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books) The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster) The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce, illustrated by Joe Berger (Macmillan Children's Books) Dark Lord: Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson, illustrated by Freya Hartas (Hachette Children's Books, Orchard Books) The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey, illustrated by Garry Parsons (Andersen Press) Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross (HarperCollins Children's Books) Goblins by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Dave Semple (Marion Lloyd Books) Socks are Not Enough by Mark Lowery (Scholastic Children's Books) Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced. The finalists will be announced on October 1st. The Canadian award carries a $50,000 grand prize. Here is the longlist: Y by Marjorie Celona Our Daily Bread by Lauren B. Davis My Life Among the Apes by Cary Fagan 419 by Will Ferguson Dr. Brinkley's Tower by Robert Hough One Good Hustle Billie Livingston The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon Inside by Alix Ohlin Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad The Emperor of Paris by C.S. Richardson The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler Ru by Kim Thuy, translated by Sheila Fischman Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky The jury said in a statement, "We are delighted with this wonderfully diverse collection of fiction by formidably talented writers offering us the exciting, varied landscapes of their imagination. The language of these books - some lyrical, others earthy, or soulful, dramatic, hushed, or loud - invites you to share stories you will want to follow til the last word. We know they will stay with you, as they have stayed with us." Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Elie Wiesel Awarded 2012 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize

Elie Wiesel, author of more than 50 books and recipient of the United States Congressional Medal of Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, has been awarded awarded the 2012 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement. Wiesel will receive the award on Sunday, November 11 at Chicago's Symphony Center at 10 a.m. during a Chicago Tribune Printers Row program. Gerould Kern, editor, Chicago Tribune, says, "We are deeply honored to bestow the Chicago Tribune Literary Award upon Elie Wiesel, a man revered around the world as a living symbol of human rights. Drawing upon his personal experiences as a Holocaust survivor, Mr. Wiesel's words have passionately and powerfully fought injustice and intolerance. He is a champion of the human spirit's capacity to overcome evil." The Chicago Tribune also announced the winners of the 2012 Heartland Prizes for fiction and nonfiction. Novelist and short story writer Richard Ford was awarded the Heartland Prize for fiction for his novel Canada. The sequel in his Bascombe series, Independence Day, was the first novel awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner award in the same year. Paul Hendrickson was awarded the Heartland Prize for non-fiction for Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961. Hendrickson was a prizewinning feature writer for the Washington Post for 20 years and now teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Encyclopedia Brown Author Donald Sobol Dead at 87

Author Donald Sobol, who wrote the popular Encyclopedia Brown books, has died at the age of 87. The New York Times reports that Sobol's son, John Sobol, confirmed that his father died on Wednesday in Miami, Florida from gastric lymphoma. Sobol was a veteran of World War II. After the war he went to work as a reporter for the New York Sun. He began to write nonfiction and eventually started writing a syndicated fiction column called Two-Minute Mysteries. He hit it big when he created Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown, a young man who lived in Idaville, Florida and charged 25 cents to solve a case. The first book was published in 1963, and ran for 27 installments. Each book contained 10 stories which the ten year old detective solves using his wits and clever deductive reasoning. Readers were urged to solve the mystery themselves, or they could flip to the back of the book to see the answer. Sobol wrote 80 books, and won an Edgar Award for the bestselling series. Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

HarperCollins Closes Deal to Acquire Thomas Nelson

HarperCollins announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Christian publisher Thomas Nelson. Thomas Nelson publishes Christian content in many forms, including books, ebooks, audio, and video. It also publishes bibles and reference materials and produces live events. For now, Thomas Nelson will continue to operate on its own and stay independent from its new parent company. HarperCollins says it will release more details in the future about how the two companies will integrate so that Nelson can take advantage of HarperCollins global distribution platform. Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Nobel Prize Money to be Reduced by 20%

The Nobel Foundation has announced that the size of the Nobel Prize is being reduced by 20%. Each prize will receive 8 million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million U.S.) instead of the previous 10 million SEK. The Nobel Foundation says it regards this as a necessary measure in order to avoid an undermining of its capital in a long-term perspective. Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Foundation, says, "The Nobel Foundation is responsible for ensuring that the prize sum can be maintained at a high level in the long term. We have made the assessment that it is important to implement necessary measures in good time." Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

David Harsent and Ken Babstock Win 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize

David Harsent and Ken Babstock are the winners of the 2012 annual Griffin Poetry Prize. They each received C$65,000 in prize money. David Harsent's Night won the international prize and Ken Babstock's Methodist Hatchet won the Canadian prize. The Griffin Poetry Prize is open to first edition books of poetry written in, or translated into, English and submitted from anywhere in the world. It was founded in 2000 to serve and encourage excellence in poetry. The House of Anansi has published The 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, which contains a selection of the 2012 shortlist. You can view the shortlist here. Royalties generated from the anthologies, published annually, are donated to UNESCO's World Poetry Day. Photo: Tom Sandler Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Newly Discovered Oscar Wilde Letter Contains Writing Advice

The Telegraph reports that a previously unseen Oscar Wilde letter has been found. The 13-page letter is undated, but thought to have been written around 1890. The letter appears to have been targeted at a man named Mr. Morgan, a wannabe writer seeking advice. It contains some writing advice from Wilde. Wilde says in the letter, "The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer." Wilde also writes, "Make some sacrifice for your art and you will be repaid but ask of art to sacrifice herself for you and a bitter disappointment may come to you." Mike Heseltine, an auctioneer with Bloomsbury of London, told the Telegraph, "The gist of it is telling the recipient, a Mr Morgan, to write by all means but to make sure he has some other job to rely on for money." We wonder what became of Mr. Morgan? Did he take Wilde's advice or are there some works by Mr. Morgan buried in the archives of some library in England. Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds


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