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Jim Carroll (1950-2009): Visionary poet and performer Jim Carroll passed away on September 11 at the age of 59. Carroll is best known for The Basketball Diaries, a journal kept during high school recounting his double life as an athlete and an addict, and he went on to earn a devoted following as a writer and as a performer with The Jim Carroll Band. A piece in the Harvard Crimson from 2005 notes that Carroll's fiction debut, tentatively titled The Petting Zoo, "should see the light of day sometime this year." Perhaps we'll see more from Carroll yet, who musician and friend Patti Smith has called "the best poet of his generation." [via New York Times]

Book-Ts: Literary-themed T-shirts (created by a team called Novel-T) make their debut at this year's Brooklyn Book Festival. But where's Caulfield? [via Paper Cuts]

Figuring out foraging: Al Dente goes on a local quest for rosehips with former Amazon books editor Langdon Cook, author of the soon-to-be category classic, Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager.

Leapfrog: Rick Smith's The Leap jumps up to #1 (up 5,573,400%) on our daily Movers & Shakers list, thanks to a pre-publication excerpt on The Huffington Post.


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Hi Anne Bartholomew thanks for this post and updating the daily news, it will really very helpful to me or everyone.. So keep on giving the daily updates..

Credit where credit is due. John Welter came up with the baseball team/literary theme is his wonderful novel Night of the Avenging Blowfish: A Novel of Covert Operations, Love, and Luncheon Meat

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