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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Are you just a Blogger, or can you really write?

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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

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THURSDAY 24 JUNE, 7pm at FOYLES
You are invited to the launch of the Summer Issue of Poetry London.

Two prominent American poets, Maurice Manning and Philip Fried, will give their first UK readings with Ruth Padel and Polly Clark.

7pm on Thursday, 24 June at Silver Moon, third floor of Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2 (Tottenham Court Road tube).

Admission is free, there will be free wine, and there is access for disabled people.

Poetry London is available from Foyles at £4.00

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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Dan Gillmor's grass roots book cover - it will be published in August

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We the Media : Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People

We the Media : Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People
By Dan Gillmor

Grassroots journalists are dismantling Big Media's monopoly on the news, transforming it from a lecture to a conversation. Not content to accept the news as reported, these readers-turned-reporters are publishing in real time to a worldwide audience via the Internet. The impact of their work is just beginning to be felt by professional journalists and the newsmakers they cover.

In We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People, nationally known business and technology columnist Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon, and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make and consume the news. [Full Description]

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Friday, June 18, 2004

Amazon is not at everyones fingertips...it could be...

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Mission

Literacy is the dedicated purpose of Books for a Better World. It seeks to enfranchise, to empower and to motivate children in developing nations by establishing libraries and scholarship programs.

History

Books for a Better World is a non-profit, educational organization founded in January 2000 by Kae Robb who at the time was a Spanish teacher at Phoenix Country Day School. Since she was a small child she has had a passion for books and for travel. The concept of Books for a Better World is best told in her own words. More>>

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Tahar Ben Jelloun wins the 2004 International Impac Dublin Literary Award

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Impac Literary Award Goes to a Moroccan

Moroccan author, Tahar Ben Jelloun, was named the winner yesterday of the $120,000 International Impac Dublin Literary Award, the world's richest prize for a single work of fiction published in English...via ">NYT

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Winner of the 1994 Prix Maghreb, Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, and emigrated to France. A novelist, essayist, critic, and poet, he is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La R�pubblica, El Pa�s, and Panorama. His novels include The Sacred Night, which received the Prix Goncourt in 1987, and Corruption (The New Press).


This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun
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The Short List

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The White Family by Maggie Gee

This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

Balthasar's Odyssey by Amin Maalouf
Translated from the French by Barbara Bray

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi
Translated from the Dari by Erdag M.G�knar

House of Day, House of Night by Olga Tokarczuk
Translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Bill Bryson wins Aventis Prizes for Science Books 2004



American author, Bill Bryson has won the General Prize for the Aventis Prizes for Science Books 2004, with his first popular science based book, A Short History of Nearly Everything (Doubleday/Transworld). Travelling through time and space, Bill Bryson�s book introduces us to the universe, the world and the rise of civilisation.

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson�s quest to explain the world that we live in through an in-depth study of seven distinct topics: the origins of the universe; the historical discovery of the size and age of the earth; relativity and quantum theory; the present and future threats to life and the planet, the origins and history of life and the evolution of man. His sheer curiosity invites readers to question the origins of the universe and how we got from there being nothing at all, to here being the people that we are today.

The shortlisted books:

In the Beginning Was the Worm ByAndrew Brown (Simon & Schuster)
A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson (Doubleday/Transworld)
Magic Universe By Nigel Calder (Oxford University Press)
Mutants By Armand Marie Leroi (HarperCollins)
Nature via Nurture By Matt Ridley (Fourth Estate)
Backroom Boys By Francis Spufford(Faber & Faber)

About The Royal Society The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society and as a funding agency.
About The Aventis FoundationThe Aventis Foundation is generously supporting the Aventis Prizes for Science Books.

Ever since the Prizes were originally established they have had the same aim - to encourage, the writing, publishing and reading of good and accessible popular science books. They have grown to become one of the UK�s most prestigious non-fiction literary prizes.

How to enter>>

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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

New Man Booker prize

The Man Booker International Prize will recognize one writer for their achievement in fiction. Worth �60,000 to the winner, the prize will be awarded once every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.

The first winner will be announced in mid 2005. The prize is sponsored by the Man Group, which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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