4-Year-old Librarians, Video Game Awards, Plagiarism & More! Weekly Lit News Roundup by Emily Ramser

Daliyah, the 4-year-old Reader Who Has Captured the Hearts of America


Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, GA, was named “Librarian For The Day” of the Library of Congress. She has read over 1000 books at the age of four, including some college level texts. Due to her love of reading, she was given the opportunity to visit the Library of Congress and shadow head librarian Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to run the library.

The Writer’s Guild of America Announces the Finalists for “Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing” for 2016 Games

The nominees are Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Far Cry Primal, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Mr. Robot 1.5exfiltratiOn.ipa. The winners will be announced February 19.

Trump Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Book

harpercollinsHarperCollins has decided to pull Monica Crowley’s 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” from the shelves. This decision comes after an investigation that revealed the book has more than 50 instances of text plagiarized from other writers, mainly news reports, columns, and articles. HarperCollins, however, is giving Crowley, the PEOTUS pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, the opportunity to revise the book.

Poet Announces She Can’t Answer Texas Test Questions About Her Poem

Poet Sara Holbrook realized that she couldn’t answer the questions about her own poems on the Texas state assessment tests. Her article brings up concerns over the literary test questions and questions over if authors are the ones who decide what their work is about.

Author of The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, Passes Away

Batty passed away at the age of 89, leaving behind many famous horror writings.

Father of Pinyin Writing System, Zhou Youguang Passes Away at 111

Youguang created the system of Romanized Chinese writing that has become the international standard of writing Chinese over the past 60 years. He passed away this week from old age.

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Emily Ramser is an Editorial Assistant at Change Seven, as well as a poet, author, and avid enthusiast of the Oxford Comma. She has published four poetry books with Weasel Press, all of which are available on Amazon. She lives just outside of Dallas, TX with her fianceé, dog, and cat. She’s currently working on a series of short CNF essays focusing on sexuality.


  1. Plagiarism is a constant nagging worry to those of us who publish a lot of work online. What to do in the small press world if you discover a plagiarized story? I was severely ostracized for ‘outing’ a writer who plagiarized. She took part of a large story, extracted from the center part, and published it under her own name. Even had the audacity to recently enter it into a contest where she took honorable mention. She waited about 4 years after the ‘real story’ was written. I only discovered all this because I was an editor who received the ‘real story’ as a submission. In the small press world, where people publish their friends, it’s a big dilemma to out anyone in a truly public way. Their cabal of hundreds goes after the ‘outer’ not the plagiarizer. Especially if the plagiarizer is also an editor (yep) and has access to so many stories to steal from.


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