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8 secret gardens in California
San Francisco Chronicle
California has more public gardens than the most obsessed garden fan could hope to visit in a year.
Some are justly famous, such as the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, the Huntington Library's Botanical Gardens, San Diego's Balboa Park and the Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden.
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Student scholarship applications due Dec. 1
The GWA Foundation annually grants students in horticulture and journalism special scholarships for college, university and community college participation. Scholarship information may be found on the GWA website under the GWA Foundation tab, the application deadline for the 2015 spring term ends Dec. 1. If you know a qualified student who needs financial assistance, let them know about this valuable program TODAY!
OutReach TF produces marketing brochure
The GWA OutReach TF has created a new communicators' services marketing brochure as another item in your marketing toolbox. The brochure spells out all the ways in which members of Garden Writers Association work with trade groups, manufacturers, plant breeders, garden centers, marketers and others. To view a PDF ...
Press Pass access — GWA membership benefit
A key benefit of your GWA membership card is recognition and press pass access to major industry shows at no cost. For a list of shows and events who offer standing invitations to GWA members, and for more information, visit ...
Google to stop publishing German newspaper extracts
Wall Street Journal
Google Inc. will stop posting snippets from several large German newspapers beginning next week, rather than paying for the right to post them, escalating a fight with the country's publishers amid broader pressure on Google in Europe over everything from competition law to taxes. The U.S.-based firm said that it would stop displaying both text summaries and thumbnail images from newspapers because of a continuing legal fight over a new German law.
Canadian authors caught in e-book dispute with publisher and Amazon
The Globe & Mail
The Betrayers, a new novel by Toronto author David Bezmozgis, was published in the United States on Tuesday. But American readers trying to order the hardcover edition from Amazon.com are being informed that the novel "usually ships within 2 to 3 weeks," a surprisingly long wait for an anticipated new release such as this. The novel's American publisher, however, is Little, Brown and Co., a division of French conglomerate Hachett.
U.S. Forest Service proposed regulation may impact photographers
On Sept. 25, the U.S. Forest Service issued Proposed Regulation FSH 2709.11, Chapter 40, which would impose the requirement of permits and fees in circumstances that could substantially limit photographers' access to federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service.
Why indie bookstores are on the rise again
The recent news of the opening of an independent bookstore on Manhattan's Upper West Side was greeted with surprise and delight, since a neighborhood once flush with such stores had become a retail book desert. The opening coincides with the relocation of the Bank Street Bookstore near Columbia University, leading the New York Times to declare, "Print is not dead yet — at least not on the Upper West Side."
How we unconsciously plagiarize existing ideas
"Any experience the writer has ever suffered," William Faulkner told a university audience in 1958, "is going to influence what he does, and that is not only what he's read, but the music he's heard, the pictures he's seen." This notion — that "our" ideas are the combinatorial product of all kinds of existing ideas we've absorbed in the course of being alive and awake to the world — is something many creators have articulated, perhaps none more succinctly than Paula Scher.
Crowdsourced editing: e-publishing's next frontier
Publishing is an increasingly crowded field. This summer Paul Kingsnorth's The Wake became the first crowdfunded book to make it, via Unbound, on to the Booker longlist. Some publishers are crowdsourcing their slush piles: Swoon Reads, a YA imprint, lets readers vote on which manuscripts should get book deals.
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The source of bad writing
The Wall Street Journal
Why is so much writing so bad? Why is it so hard to understand a government form, or an academic article or the instructions for setting up a wireless home network? The most popular explanation is that opaque prose is a deliberate choice. Bureaucrats insist on gibberish to cover their anatomy. Plaid-clad tech writers get their revenge on the jocks who kicked sand in their faces and the girls who turned them down for dates.
Dedman tells journalism students that things weren't better in the old days
Bill Dedman, who recently left NBCNews.com to join Newsday, told Arizona State University journalism students this week: "First, I'd like to urge you to stop worrying about how things were so much better in the old days. They weren't better. ... In a way, I want some of you to be discouraged from going into journalism, if you're the sort that can be discouraged. If you're going into it to make money, then it's not your best plan."
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