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Guild plans programon creative writing
NORTH CANTON -- The Greater Canton Writers Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main Street, for a program on creative writing by guest speaker Neil Carpathios.
Carpathios has taught creative writing and literature at various universities, including Walsh University, where he is currently a professor. He also teaches English at Jackson High School in Massillon. A published author, his most recent publications include "Playground of the Flesh" (Main Street Rag Press) and "At the Axis of Imponderables," winner of the 2006 Annual Book Award for Quercus Review Poetry Series. His previous collections include: "I The Father" (Millennium Press) and "The Weight Of The Heart" (Blue Light Press). He has received numerous prizes for his work, including two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, and recently in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Poetry East, and "Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry" (Somerset Hall Press).
For more information about the group or program contact Guild vice president Bob Menarchek, (330) 966-7160.
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Publisher goes onlineto promote authors
In yet another sign of the convergence between publishing and the Internet, Simon & amp; Schuster Inc. announced that it is launching a digital video channel to promote the company's authors and forthcoming releases. The publisher, working in concert with TurnHere Inc., a leading Internet video company, will begin offering the service next month.
The channel, to be called Bookvideos.tv, will be available at a major online video site and will also be linked to several other sites, including the publisher's own SimonSays.com.
Programming will consist of two-minute video features highlighting books from all divisions of the publishing house. The videos will focus on author biographies, behind-the-scenes stories of individual books and other relevant topics, according to Sue Fleming, vice president of online and consumer marketing.
'Unfortunate' seriesreleased in paperback
The series of "Unfortunate Events" began all over again Tuesday. For the first time, HarperCollins began releasing the adventures of the three ill-fated Baudelaire orphans in paperback -- hoping to reach a new generation of children (and their parents) who weren't old enough to read the books when they began appearing in 1997.
The 13 installments of "A Series of Unfortunate Events," written by Daniel Handler under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, have sold 55 million copies, according to HarperCollins. The final book in the series, "The End," was released in October.
The new paperback editions include bonus material under the banner "The Cornucopian Cavalcade," which includes the comic-book story of another pair of siblings, "The Spoily Brats," and a tongue-in-cheek advice column by Lemony Snicket.
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