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Blue Metropolis Festival Awards New Lit Prize

Monday, Apr 30, 2007 at 4:09pm

The world's first multilingual literary festival, Blue Metropolis has announced a new literary prize. Given out at the annual festival in Montreal, the inaugural winner of the Canadian literary prize for Arab writers is Elias Khoury. The prize recognizes "a lifetime of substantial literary achievement by an Arab writer working in any genre (poetry, fiction, etc.) in Arabic or another language. The winner will be chosen by a jury appointed by Blue Metropolis Foundation and chaired by the Artistic Director. The prize is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and has a value of $2,000."

Categories: Awards

Hear Ezra Pound

Monday, Apr 30, 2007 at 10:49am

PENNsound has added an audio repository of Ezra Pound readings. Not to sound trite, but there's always something magical about hearing read poetry— especially when it's someone like Ezra Pound.

Categories: Poetry

Rollback: A Review

Saturday, Apr 28, 2007 at 4:34pm

I had the pleasure of joining Robert J. Sawyer for dinner prior to his reading of Rollback, his seventeenth novel, at our Grant Park location. We had a great discussion at Cafe Carlo about the past, present and future of Science Fiction in general, and Rob's place in it in particular.

Categories: Reviews, SciFi & Fantasy

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Atwood Bites Back

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 5:30pm

The CBC is reporting that Margaret Atwood has spoken forcefully against the Harper Government's cuts to arts funding. Speaking with CBC radio prior to the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival in Montreal, she said:

"They basically just hate us... you know it’s people who have never seen any arts in their own lives — they would rather not have gardens, they would rather have parking lots. They just think it’s a frill probably."

Martel, Atwood, who's next?

Link to CBC article.
Previously: Yan Martel to Stephen Harper.

Yann Martel to Stephen Harper

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 5:23pm

Yann Martel is sending Stephen Harper a book every two weeks:

a book that has been known to expand stillness. That book will be inscribed and will be accompanied by a letter I will have written. I will faithfully report on every new book, every inscription, every letter, and any response I might get from the Prime Minister, on this website."

The first book was The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy. You can track progress here. Via 50 Books .

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