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NZ Authors Threaten to Pull Books from Libraries

Authors in New Zealand are threatening to pull their books off the shelves of public libraries in protest over a funding cut for writers. Apparently the government has decided to take away $100,000 from the $1.1 million fund. The fund was established as a means of compensating writers for lost royalties as a result of libraries freely distributing their work. more... from The News Room

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British Library to Receive Ted Hughes letters

Matt Eberle writes \"The British Library will receive over 140 letters written by Ted Hughes to Keith Sagar. Some of the letters touch on Hughes\' relationship with Sylvia Plath, blaming anti-depressants for her suicide. The letters will eventually be on display in the library.

Full Story from The BBC\"

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Of the 20th Century\'s Top 100 Novels, Only 9 Were Written by Women

More from the desk of the junk e-mail goddess...

Kristin Bakke and Laurel Rayburn compiled the following for Ms Magazine.

\"Of the Modern Library\'s top 100 novels of the twentieth century, only nine were written by women, and only two made the top 50: Virginia Woolf\'s To The Lighthouse and Carson McCullers\' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. No book by a woman of color is on the list. more...

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A star dims in the SF galaxy

Slashdot brings us the sad news that SF master Poul Anderson has passed away. As one wag said, he probably faked his death to cover up his recruitment by the Time Patrol...

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Books On Our Shelves Define Us As Much As the Clothes On Our Backs

From the Plattsburg, (NY) Press Republican, Diane Petryck Bloom writes...

\"When a flood burst through the doors of the little library in Lincoln, VT, three generations of the townsfolk, ages 8 to 80, lined up old-fashioned bucket-brigade style to save what books they could. \'Despite the water in their own basements,\' said author Chris Bohjalian, who lives in the 1,000-resident town, \'the people thought that was the most important thing to be doing.\' Bohjalian, in Plattsburgh recently to address a gathering of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System staff and friends, used the story to promote his belief that no mere e-text of any kind will supplant the traditional book.\" more...

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Eudora Welty May Have Left Unpublished Work

From The Chicago Sun Times, Jason Straziuso writes...

\"Eudora Welty, who died last week at age 92, published no new fiction after 1973. But she spent years typing away, raising the tantalizing possibility that there is unpublished work sitting in her attic. Welty was one of the 20th century\'s most beloved authors and the first living writer to be given her own volume in the prestigious Library of America series. Any posthumous work would attract widespread interest.\" more...

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Is Shakespeare Now Canadian?

Bob Cox sent along This Washington Post Story on A 1603 Painting in Toronto Purports to Show the Young William Shakespeare, if they prove to be right, the picture may be the only one of him painted while he was still alive.

The owner says the portrait was painted by an ancestor named John Sanders, who may have been an actor in a theatrical company owned by Shakespeare.

\"It looks to be quite conceivably a 1603 painting of someone. Whether it is Shakespeare, we won\'t be able to answer,\" says Christina Corsiglia, curator of European art of the Art Gallery of Ontario. \"We don\'t know what he ultimately looked like.\"

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Dead Authors Get No Respect

Robin Finn writes...

\"This country does a crummy job as guardian of great books by its dead authors. Or it used to. Edmund Wilson voiced that criticism 40 years ago, crankily and accurately.\" [more...] from the New York Times (don\'t have your free subscription? get it Here.

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Dickens letter sells for GBP5,000

Fourteen letters written by Charles Dickens between 1849 and 1854 were sold at auction today in Tavistock, Devon (UK). The most expensive of them sold for 5,000 pounds sterling (about $7,500) and they will all stay in the UK, with many being bought by public institutions and museums. More from the BBC News.

These letters were found tucked inside a book owned by a direct descendent of Georgina Morson, governess of a women\'s refuge founded by Dickens in 1847.

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Read the book, then discuss with author

USA Today has a Story on how more and more writers are trying to generate sales by connecting with reading groups either by phone or in person. It\'s great for the authors to connect with their fans and get feedback, cheers and jeers.

\"If I can talk to you for 400 pages, you should have the right to talk back to me for a paragraph,\" says Harlan Coben. The author of seven previous mysteries, his new thriller, Tell No One, hit stores Tuesday. \"It\'s easy to pretend you\'re jaded but I really get a kick out of hearing from readers.\"

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Nicholson Baker on the Air

Nicholson Baker was interviewed about Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper this afternoon on the inimitable KCRW\'s show \"Bookworm.\" The show should be available as a Real Audio file from the \"Bookworm\" site sometime in the next few days.

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Favorite Books

NPR is running a neat series called Favorite Books NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg talks with famous authors about the books they most prize. Each Tuesday in June, listen to Stamberg\'s author interviews on Morning Edition.


Some of the authors include Barry Lopez, Francesca Lia Block, Paule Marshall and Walter Mosley.

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Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

I\'m way beind on everything here, so you probably already heard, but I feel the need to post this anyways.


Douglas Adams died at age 49 of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, CA. If there was a funnier book than The Hitchhiker\'s Guide I\'ve never read it.

Bob Cox sent along This Great Tribute as well.

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Librarian/author James Still

Lee Hadden Writes:
\"On today\'s \"Morning Edition\" talk show on National Public Radio, there
was an account of the librarian and author James Still.
The web page.
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\"Remembering Writer James Still -- Host Bob Edwards talks
with professor Ted Olson about the works of Appalachian
writer James Still, who died at 94 this weekend. Still\'s
work was widely popular in the 1930\'s, but he never
received as much notoriety as other writers of the time.
Now a new collection of his poetry will be published by The
University Press of Kentucky in June. It\'s called \"From the
Mountain, From the Valley.\"

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Before Rowling, There was Jacques

Brian Jacques, best selling children\'s author of the Redwall series of books, as well as others, was recently interviewed by Andrea Sachs for Time Magazine.
Read his interview [Here...]

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New York Times, Newsday, Time, Lexis/Nexis, UMI Sued Over Copyright Violations

According to Wired...

Tens of thousands of freelance writers, photographers and illustrators eagerly await the outcome of Tasini et al vs. The New York Times et al, which, after seven years in lower courts, will finally be argued before the Supreme Court next week. [more...]

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Half-Bakered

Jud writes \"The egregious Nicholson \"automation-is-a-money-pit\" Baker burps and gets into mass market at The New Yorker, while correctives to his hysteria, like the fine one in First Monday by Richard J. Cox (firstmonday.org), languish in relative online obscurity.


Nicholson still doesn\'t realize that automation is the key to his dream: guaranteeing preservation of last copies. For a much earlier-- and tongue-in-cheek--reply to Baker (I submitted it to the New Yorker, but for some reason they didn\'t run it) see \"Malodorous Catalog\" at librarians.freeservers.com \"

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When you 8673 enough to send the very best ...

Brian from Librarism.com writes \"The Register has an Interview with cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan, who mentions an unusual bit of indexing done at the greeting card company where she used to work:


\"In my last year at Hallmark we finally began putting verses on computer. They had to assign a 4 digit serial number to each sentiment, for each area of feeling.\"
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Ah, I just love 432543\'s Day.... the flowers.. the candy...

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Novelist Ludlum Dies at 73

This sad note comes via The Nando Times...
Spy novelist Robert Ludlum, author of the Jason Bourne series of suspense thrillers and \"The Matarese Circle,\" died Monday at the age of 73. According to a representative from Ludlum\'s publisher, St. Martin\'s Press, the cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.

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Star salaries creeping into book business

CNN has an Interesting Look at some of the incredible money a few authors are making. Michael Crichton signed a two-book deal for $40 million, Stephen Carter sold his first and second novels for $4 million, Mary Higgins Clark got 5 books for $64 million, and of course there is Hillary Clinton\'s $8 million deal.

\"It\'s easy to blame the agents,\" says Farrar Straus & Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi. \"But it\'s the publishers who throw these offers in the ring.\"

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