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Local Book Notes: Garbage Juice, The Bankruptcy Bible & The Boss

"The National Book Foundation on Wednesday announced that Lisa Lucas would become the third executive director in the history of the literary organization, which presents the annual National Book Awards and has made recent efforts to expand its reach and visibility," the New York Times reports.

"Ms. Lucas, 36, was previously the publisher of Guernica, an arts magazine with an international and often political focus. Before that, she had worked at other nonprofit cultural institutions, including the Tribeca Film Festival and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago."

Lucas is a University of Chicago grad.

Now for a Lucas tweetscene/life lesson:

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Bible Bankruptcy
"A woman who filed for bankruptcy doesn't have to sell a first-edition Book of Mormon to help pay her debts, a federal appeals court held [last week]," the Daily Law Bulletin reports.

"The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the argument that an Illinois law exempting bibles from the reach of creditors does not cover valuable volumes when the debtor has other copies of the same bible."

She has 14 other copies of the book, it turns out. The first edition in question is worth an estimated $10,000.

"The panel affirmed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Staci M. Yandle of the Southern District of Illinois that Illinois law exempts [debtor Anna] Robinson's Book of Mormon.

"Robinson was allowed to keep the 1830 volume in exchange for cleaning out the library storage room where she found it.

"Robinson was given the book in 2003 while she was employed at the Stinson Memorial Library in Anna in Union County. The library is part of the Stinson Memorial Public Library District."

Here's the Wall Street Journal on the original ruling in 2014.

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Pop-Up Poetry
Featuring Kenyatta Rogers at noon Wednesday at the Art Institute's Modern Wing.

"Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem fellow and was the 2012-2013 Visiting Poet in English at Columbia College Chicago, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry. A 2014 Pushcart nominee, his work has been published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, Vinyl, Court Green, and Cave Canem Anthology XIII, among others."

Sample:

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(Chicago) Free Black Women's Library

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Born To Pun

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Comments welcome.



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