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Published July 09, 2007
Facts On File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and libraries, is seeking a scholar to write a one-volume reference book on Maya Angelou, focusing on critical analysis of her works. The ideal author will have a Ph.D., broad knowledge of Angelou's life and works, and an ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high school and college. This large project (250,000-300,000 words) must be completed within two years. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines will be required. If interested please send letter and cv, preferably by e-mail, to Jeff Soloway, Executive Editor Facts on File, Inc., .
Published July 05, 2007
When the editors of Snow Monkey "feel a need to concentrate on a certain something, they produce an eBook"; in collaboration with Ravenna Press, the following are available via Adobe Reader download and are (as far as I can tell) chapbook-size collections of poetry: Music Volleys Through; Gustatory in Nature; To the Music of Mid-November Rain & Snow.

To download and view, visit Snow Monkey: An Eclectic Journal
Published July 03, 2007
Join host Felicia Sullivan (editor and publisher of Small Spiral Notebook) each week in a new kind of Sunday Book Review. Participate in live discussions, book giveaways, and opportunities to get between the sheets with some of today’s most buzzworthy writers. Writers Revealed is not about name-dropping obscure authors and talking about the “process” of writing – this show is all about the hilarious and heartbreaking stories you can relate to. Archives available on podcast.

Coming up:
Sunday, July 8 - I Love You, Let’s Meet
@7PM EST / 4PM PST
Virginia Vitzthum

Sunday, July 15 - Ace of Spades
@7PM EST / 4PM PST
David Matthews
Published June 25, 2007

Poop Culture
How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product

By Dave Praeger
Foreword by Paul Provenza, director of The Aristocrats
Published by Feral House "This book is not a history of poop, but a study of today. Its goal is to understand how poop affects us, how we view it, and why; to appreciate its impact from the moment it slides out of our anal sphincters to the moment it enters the sewage treatment plant; to explore how we’ve arrived at this strange discomfort and confusion about a natural product of our bodies; to see how this contradiction-the natural as unnatural-shapes our minds, relationships, environment, culture, economics, media, and art."
Published June 25, 2007
Dharma Publishing sponsors "Adopt a Tibetan Book program to fund the restoration of sacred Tibetan Buddhist texts and art. Annually, at the World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India, the books and art are freely distributed to over eight thousand lamas, monks, nuns and lay people and also to over 3300 monasteries and educational institutions. The primary purpose is to rebuild libraries of the educational institutions of the Tibetan refugees in exile in India, Nepal, Bhutan." The goal is to help reestablish these libraries in Tibet. [more information]
Published June 20, 2007

Jia
by Hyejin Kim
"Based on true events, Jia is the first novel about present-day North Korea to appear in English. All but closed to outside visitors, North Korea is among the most opaque nations on earth. While most readers know only the bleak outlines of its politics and history, Hyejin Kim illuminates Korea from within."
From MIDNIGHT EDITIONS, an imprint of CLEIS PRESS.
Published June 14, 2007
From April 1 until June 30, 2007, a list of Godine and Black Sparrow poetry titles will be available at up to 75% off the retail price. Great deal for poetry addicts. Visit Black Sparrow Press.
Published June 14, 2007
My Last Door by Wendy Bishop (2007)

Yellow Jackets by Patti White (2007)

The View from Zero Bridge by Lynn Aarti Chandhok, winner of the Levine Prize in Poetry (2007)

All you have to do is ask by Meredith Walters, winner of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry (2006)

Visit Anhinga Press for more on their publications.
Published April 17, 2007
The LitBlog Co-op announces Spring 2007 Read This! selection.

Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead is a collection of short stories that combines the fantastic with the prosaic. A woman walks into a Quik-Mart and winds up on a hillside, surrounded by swords and scimitars. A tedious post-college job isn't quite as boring as it seems. And girls and boys flirt and touch and fly off buildings and escape Byzantine soldiers and pirouette and fall. Each time I thought I had these stories figured, they came around a corner to surprise me anew.
Published April 03, 2007
I guess the struggle of independent bookstores is very much the same no matter which side of the pond they are on.

Bookmarks bookshop battles the giants with solidarity appeal.

“Independent bookstores in central London are being hit by two things – the property boom that is driving up rents, and developments in the book trade aimed at chasing profits,” says Mark Thomas, manager of Bookmarks.

This situation was highlighted last week by the announcement that Gay’s The Word, Britain’s last surviving specialist lesbian and gay bookshop, faces closure unless it raises enough cash to pay its soaring rent bill.

High streets across Britain are becoming more homogenous, says Mark, with ever larger retail chains dominating the market and driving out smaller independent competitors."
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