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Young Venezuelan conductor Dudamel lands top job in L.A.

Thursday, Jun 14, 2007 at 9:28am

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced it's new musical director, Gustavo Dudamel, will take up the baton for the orchestra beginning in September 2009. The young Venezuelan conductor has been getting rave reviews for his performances and critical acclaim for his CD with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.

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Categories: Awards, buzz, Music

Griffin '07: Charles Wright's Scar Tissue and Don McKay's Strike/Slip

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 10:36pm

The Canadian winner, McKay, and the International winner, Wright, have won the richest poetry prize in the world for a single volume of poetry. The two will share the C$100, 000 prize.

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1984 Declared Definitive Book of the 20th Century

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2007 at 11:06am

An online poll at The Guardian Unlimited has voted for George Orwell's 1984 as the definitive book of the 20th century. Is this double-plus good, or double-plus bad?

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John W. Campbell Nominees Announced

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 7:28pm

The finalists for the John W. Campbell Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006 have been announced. Unlike the other major science fiction awards the Hugo and the Nebula, the John W. Campbell is selected by a jury. Last year Canada's Robert J. Sawyer won the award for his novel Mindscan.

Categories: Awards, buzz, SciFi & Fantasy

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Nova Swing Wins the Arthur C. Clarke Award

Friday, May 04, 2007 at 11:51am

M. John Harrison has won the Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction with Nova Swing, his space-noir where great tourist ships drift from star to star, where you can get a new body, a new self. You can be anything you choose - except in the forbidden zone where choice no longer applies.

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