- E. L. Doctorow has won the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel The March. This is his second win; the first was for Billy Bathgate in 1990.
- An Austrian court sentenced "historian" David Irving to three years in prison for denying the existence of the Holocaust. Now he's denying that Austria exists.
- Plagiarism troubles run rampant around the globe today. First, an Israeli screenwriter accuses Mary Higgins Clark of stealing the plot of her script for Clark's 2003 bestseller The Second Time Around. Next, South African author Antjie Krog is accused of stealing from "a range of writers, including the late British poet laureate Ted Hughes and two 19th-century European linguists." Lest I be accused of plagiarism, I first read about these incidents in Publishers Lunch.
- On NPR's All Things Considered, poet Gregory Orr declares, "I believe in poetry as a way of surviving the emotional chaos, spiritual confusions and traumatic events that come with being alive." Meanwhile, on Morning Edition, actor Jack Klugman discusses his memoir, Tony and Me, about his friendship with Odd Couple co-star Tony Randall.
- Today's New York Times has a profile of children's author Kate DiCamillo, who wrote the Newbery Medal winner The Tale of Despereaux and is on the road promoting her newest book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
If J. K. Rowling is children's publishing's biggest gun, Miss DiCamillo has, in her own quiet, much more abbreviated way, been inspiring full-throttle devotion among young readers and their parents.
- Alice Munro will finally make it to the big screen: her short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" (which was published in Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage) is being adapted to film by actress Sarah Polley (if you've seen Atom Egoyan's amazing film of The Sweet Hereafter, you can't forget her), who will write and direct.
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