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The Man Who Sounded The Fire Alarm

Lee Hadden writes \"There is an interesting article on Bruce [That\'s Ray, not Bruce]Bradbury and the 50th Anniversary
of his novel, Fahrenheit 451, in the Wall Street Journal of May 14, 2003:
\"The Man Who Sounded The Fire Alarm,\" By JOHN J. MILLER
Mr. Bradbury has written some 30 books, more than 600 short stories,
and countless numbers of poems, essays and screenplays. Even as an
octogenarian, he gets up every morning and spends a few hours composing.
His most recent novel, \"Let\'s All Kill Constance,\" came out in January to
mixed reviews. A new collection of 100 short stories is slated for release
in August.
Amid this prodigious output, \"Fahrenheit 451\" is the book for which
Mr. Bradbury will be best remembered. Perhaps that\'s because the concept is
so unforgettable: In the near future, firemen don\'t put out fires; they
start them instead. Books have been outlawed. When they\'re discovered,
first responders hurry to the scene. The title refers to the temperature at
which paper burns?
One of the often-overlooked details of \"Fahrenheit 451\" is that the
censorship Mr. Bradbury describes was not imposed from the top by a
ruthless government. Rather, it seeped up from the indifferent masses. \"

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Moose To Sue Over Book

CNN Says The police chief who helped lead the task force of investigators during last autumn\'s Washington-area sniper shootings filed suit Wednesday to win the right to tell his story in a book.
Lawyers for Montgomery County Chief Charles A. Moose sought a federal court injunction barring the county Ethics Commission from taking any action against him for writing about the events surrounding the shootings.

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Book lovers put Austen in pride of place

Charles Davis writes \"Full story at
Telegraph.co.uk

The old ones really are the best - and the best of them all is Jane Austen\'s Pride and Prejudice which has been voted the \"best-loved\" novel by a woman author.
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Iris Murdoch\'s personal library to be sold

John Bayley, husband of author Iris Murdoch, has announced that he will be selling his late wife\'s personal library of over 1000 books, saying that he doesn\'t have room in his house. The books, many of which are covered in Murdoch\'s scribblings in Greek and Latin, will be sold in one lot at the Antiquarian Book Fair in London in June. The collection is valued at approximately 150,000 pounds. Murdoch, whose descent into Alzheimers was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film in 2001, died in 1999. More info here at the BBC.

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Discussing Cultural Democracy with Siva Vaidhyanathan

The Anarchist in the Library: writes "Here's An Interview with

Siva Vaidhyanathan author of "The Anarchist in the Library," a book on intellectual property.
While the topics he ponders as the author of The Anarchist in the Library and assistant professor of Culture and Communications at NYU can be pretty complicated, he always keeps the discussion interesting, down-to-earth, and--above all--human. Because in a culture transformed by advanced technology, that's what's often missing."

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Sci Fi Authors Protest Patriot Act

Jen Young spotted a Small Blurb at SciFi.com that says SF authors and editors joined protesters on April 12 in Portland, Ore., to object to the USA Patriot Act. The authors and editors read poems and stories and speeches in protest and to promote free speech, organizers said.

Marchers stopped at the Multnomah County Central Library and took a list of supposed "subversive" books—such as the Koran, the Anarchist Cookbook and Teach Yourself French—and checked the books out en masse.

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Death of chidrens' author De Brunhoff

CNN Has an Obituary for Cecile de Brunhoff, the inspiration for Babar, the enchanting little elephant whose adventures captivated generations of children, has died in Paris. She was 99.
She first invented the tale of a little elephant as a bedtime story for her boys in 1931. They in turn told their father, painter Jean de Brunhoff, who illustrated the story and filled in details, naming the elephant Babar and creating Celeste, Zephir and the "Old Lady," who takes care of young Babar after his mother is killed.

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Poe letter sells for $20,000 at Christie's

A signed 1840 letter by Poe that a volunteer for an east side Milwaukee church found in its walk-in safe last year was sold for a $20,000 bid at at Christie's auction in New York Tuesday. The Poe letter was among many literary materials that were auctioned Tuesday. Not all fared well.
Jack London, and F. Scott Fitzgerald did poorly, but Nathaniel Hawthorne did well.
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My life as a writer has been very lucky

Author Don DeLillo and the Steppenwolf Theater put on a staged reading of excerpts from his novel Cosmopolis. Story in the Chicago Tribune (free registration may be required).

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Hemingway\'s Letters to Dietrich Are Given to Library

Charley Hively writes "30 of Ernest Hemingway's letters have been donated to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston. The letters, never made public, will remain sealed for four years, according to the wishes of Dietrich's heirs. Brief samples of the letters, provided to The New York Times, offer an intimate glimpse into an abiding friendship between two cultural legends of the 20th century that until now was understood in only limited detail. Though the letters are deeply affectionate and Dietrich and Hemingway were both sex symbols for their generation — he the literary lion, she the silver-screen siren — their descendants maintain the relationship was entirely platonic.
Full Story @ The NYTimes.

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