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Anna Patchett surprise winner of women\'s Orange Fiction Prize

The Telegraph says Anna Patchett, the only American writer on the shortlist, was the
surprise winner of this year\'s £30,000 women\'s Orange Fiction Prize for
her novel Bel Canto.Bel Canto was the outsider at 7-1 and
has received a mixed reaction from
British reviewers.

Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden Unveiled

Kathy sent over This One on the new $6.2 million sculpture garden unveiled to honor the late Theodor Geisel, the beloved children\'s author better known as Dr. Seuss.
Meanwhile, back in Whoville, Some People Are Not happy Congress paid for the Seuss statues using $950,000 that was earmarked for poor communities.

\"It\'s probably too late to do anything about it now, but the next best thing is to complain about it, which is what we\'re good at.\"

Joyce archive bought for 8 Million Pounds

Charles Davis writes \"Hundreds of manuscripts and notes penned by
the novelist James Joyce have been bought by
the National Library in Dublin for £8m.

The rare collection, believed to be the largest
of its kind - includes unseen drafts of the
classic book Ulysses.

The collection - totalling more than 500 pieces
- was brought to Dublin from Paris by Ireland\'s
Arts Minister Sile de Valera.

Prime Minister Bertie Aherne was at Dublin
Airport to welcome the manuscripts to the
country.

The documents were purchased from Alexis
Leon, the son of Joyce\'s former aide, the late
Paul Leon.

Full story at
The BBC

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Goodwin Resigns From Pulitzer Board

SomeOne passed along This Newsday.com Story that says Doris Kearns Goodwin has resigned from the Pulitzer Prize board, four months after the historian acknowledged that parts of a book she wrote were taken from another author without attribution.

Nancy Drew author Millie Benson dies at age 96

The Great And Powerful Joe pointed us to The Toldeo Blade that says Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson, a newspaper reporter for more than eight decades and author of the first 23 Nancy Drew mysteries that inspired generations of readers, died last night in Toledo Hospital. She was 96.

NY Public Library Mounts Writers\' Exhibit

Charles Davis sent along This One
on A new exhibition at the New York Public Library called \"Victorians, Moderns and Beats.\" It includes manuscripts, letters, diaries and personal items from major British, Irish and American writers from the late 1800\'s through the so-called \"Beat Generation\" of the 1950\'s.

Rescuing the voices of poets

Charles Davis points to
This IHT Story on a project converting old tapes to digital recordings, since the tape on which it was originally recorded was starting to disintegrate that is being done at poetry centers around the United States.

\"Some of them already have to be cut and spliced because they are very fragile or even have breaks in them,\" Veskrna said. \"Age isn\'t the only problem. A lot of the tape stock was less than ideal to start with. Companies were experimenting with chemical formulas used to make magnetic tape, and some of those experiments were less than successful in terms of longevity. If these recordings aren\'t transferred to other formats soon, we could lose quite a lot of them forever.\"

Stephen Jay Gould dies at 60

Biologist and author Stephen Jay Gould died of cancer Monday. The NYT obit (registration required) says he passed away in a bed in his library, surrounded by books.

Angelou\'s words now may be just right

Here\'s One from AccessAtlanta that says Maya Angelou has softened a controversial quote proposed as the inscription for Savannah\'s first monument to African-Americans.

\"We were stolen, sold and brought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others\' excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together,\" Angelou has said in lectures.

The inscription, if approved, would include this addition:

\"Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy . . . \"

Thanks to Bob Cox for yet another story.

Author laments \'loss of book choice\'

This BBC Story says British writer AS Byatt has hit out at what she sees as the deteriorating quality and range of literature on sale in the majority of UK book shops, and is saddened by the apparent triumph of marketing over choice on the book market. They say recent examples of heavily promoted titles could include the Harry Potter books.

\"Whereas once you would have had a very large choice of novels, such as every novel by Anita Brookner, Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan, now you find a random one or two novels by those people,\" said Byatt.

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