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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Inks Book Deal With Liveright

lawrenceferlinghettiBeat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti has sold his travel journals to Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company.

The 94-year old’s new work Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals (1950-2013), is slated for publication in September 2015. The book will incorporate the author’s travel journals and notebooks, along with content from his 1970 book The Mexican Night and his 1984 work Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre, both of which are out of print.

The New York Times has the story: “The journal material, most of it being published for the first time, sheds as much light on Mr. Ferlinghetti’s political passions as on his relationships with the Beat writers. His itinerary takes him to Mexico, Haiti and North Africa, to Cuba in the throes of the Castro revolution, to Franco’s Spain, to Soviet Russia for the 1968 Writers’ Congress, and to Nicaragua under the Sandinistas. It also includes his frequent trips to Italy and to France, where he lived for four years while pursuing a doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris. Along the way, he records his encounters with Pablo Neruda, Ezra Pound, Ernesto Cardenal, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Andrei Voznesensky.”

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Profiled in New Documentary

This week a documentary about the legendary poet and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti will hit theaters. We’ve embedded the trailer for Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder above–are you excited?

Check the film’s homepage for release dates. Over at The Huffington Post, filmmaker Matt Kohn described the documentary:

If you don’t know Ferlinghetti’s rich story, Felver’s film may seem to investigate multiple, divergent storylines, including a stint on J.P. Morgan’s yacht, Ferlinghetti’s search for his Italian parents, his wonderment with Catholicism, the place of the Beats in American history, and the power of counter-culture which created “The Human Be-In.” But the film does a great job of using expert witnesses and friends, like Dennis Hopper, who describe how Ferlinghetti’s poetry, paintings and politics were intertwined in their lives and the value of the art they made. There is footage of Ferlinghetti making paintings, doing readings, and speaking out about public issues.

(Via Jeff Gordinier)

Liveblogging the National Book Awards

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A photo of the four National Book Award winners for 2009, post-ceremony…

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Colum McCann wins the National Book Award for Fiction for “Let the Great World Spin.” “Stories are the purest form of engagement…American publishing is able to embrace the other… As Dave Eggers said, we have to take this honor as a challenge.” GalleyCat interviewed the novelist before the ceremony, here’s an excerpt: watch his thoughts about Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight here.

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Elmore Leonard Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

10PA02.jpgPEN USA, the West Coast arm of the international PEN organization, has announced that Elmore Leonard (pictured) has won their 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. He joins an illustrious crew that includes: Woody Allen, Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Betty Friedan.

The awards ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills on December 2, and will celebrate a number of other authors. Each winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize: The fiction award will go to Kim Barnes for “A Country Called Home,” the creative nonfiction will go to Steve Lopez for “The Soloist,” the research nonfiction award will go to Leslie T. Chang for “Factory Girls,” and finally, the screenplay award will go to Dustin Lance Black for “Milk.”

Here’s more from the release: “In a career spanning 60 years, Leonard has published 43 novels and numerous short stories, creating a distinct literary style that has delighted readers and influenced a new generation of writers. Books like Swag, LaBrava, Freaky Deaky, and Tishomingo Blues are not only classics of the crime genre, but some of the best writing of the last half century.”