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Saroyan Prize finalists selected

"Thirty books—half fiction, the other half nonfiction—have been selected as finalists for the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Winners in both the fiction and nonfiction categories get a $12,500 prize and will be recognized Sept. 5 during Stanford's Saroyan Centennial celebrations. Jointly awarded by Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, the Saroyan Prize aims to encourage new or emerging writers and honors Saroyan's literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation."

--From The Stanford Report

See also:
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Stanford's William Saroyan Collection

Books Aren't Dead

"Books Aren't Dead ... (They're Just Going Digital)" proclaims the November 26 Newsweek cover story. The article provides an overview of the future (and history) of reading and of books, including an interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and a review of Amazon's new Kindle e-book reader.

The promise of the "always-on" book sounds intriguing, and I love the idea of toting around over 200 books in a single device. But, I admit that when I went to read the Newsweek article, I bypassed the online version and went straight to Green's current periodicals section to read it the old-fashioned way.

Check it out ... 15,000 items circulate in 1st week of classes

By the end the first week of classes this Fall, Stanford undergraduates have already checked out over 3,000 items from the Stanford Libraries! Graduate students have checked out nearly 8,000 items, and Stanford faculty and staff have checked out over 3,600 items already this quarter.

Here are some books Stanford undergraduates checked out in Week 1 of Fall Quarter 2007:

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