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NYPL’s Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers Picks 2013-2014 Fellows

The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has picked 15 writers and journalists as its annual fellows.

Selected from a pool of 313 applicants, this is the 15th class of fellows for the center. These writers will get a stipend, a private office in the Cullman Center and support from the library staff.

With a diverse array of people originally from Nigeria, Turkey, England, Argentina, and Serbia, the class of 2013 includes: The fiction writers Tea Obreht, Rajesh Parameswaran, Paul La Farge, and Uwem Akpan. The historians Linda Colley and Anthony Grafton. The journalists Arthur Lubow, Elizabeth Rubin, Elif Batuman, and David Grann.

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Michelle Aielli Named Director of Publicity at Little, Brown

Michelle Aielli will now serve as director of publicity at Little, Brown and Company. At the same time, Sabrina Callahan has been promoted to assistant director of publicity for James Patterson.

Here’s more about Aielli’s work with that mega-bestselling author: “she spearheaded all major publicity around Patterson publishing events, including the launch of the Michael Bennett series, his guest appearance on The Simpsons, his Guinness World Records induction, the celebration of his 20th anniversary with Little, Brown and Company, and all major media hits, including the front pages of both USA Today and the New York Times Magazine.”

Callahan joined the Hachette imprint in 2007 as senior publicist, working on a number of campaigns including Uwem Akpan’s Say You’re One of Them, Robert Wright’s Evolution of God, and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves.
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2009 PEN Beyond Margins Award Winners Announced

penamerican.jpgToday the PEN American Center announced the winners of the 2009 PEN Beyond Margins Award. Honored for writing “outstanding books by writers of color,” three authors will receive $1,000 and be featured at a December celebration.

The three recipients are: Uwem Akpan for “Say You’re One of Them” and Juan Felipe Herrera for “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems,” and Lily Hoang for “Changing.” National Book Critics Circle president Jane Ciabattari will host the 2009 Beyond Margins Celebration at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on December 2.

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed Herrera about his work. Here’s more from the release: “The Beyond Margins Award is one of the many ways in which the Open Book Program encourages racial and ethnic diversity within the literary and publishing communities. The Open Book Committee works to increase the literature by, for, and about African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Latin, and Native Americans, and to establish access for these groups to the publishing industry.”

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Win Literary Peace Prize

peaceprize.jpgMarried journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

In addition, the literary organization announced the finalists for this year’s $10,000 Dayton Literary Peace Prizes in fiction and nonfiction. The fiction list included “Beijing Coma” by Ma Jian, “Writing in the Dark” by David Grossman, “Say You’re One of Them” by Uwem Akpan, and “Dust from our Eyes: an Unblinkered Look at Africa” by Joan Baxter. See the complete list of finalists here.

Here’s more from the prize release: “Since becoming the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests for the New York Times, Kristof and WuDunn have collaborated on such influential, milestone books as ‘China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia.’ In 2006, Kristof received a second Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times op-ed columns on Darfur.”