Awards, E-Books, a Discovery & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

Los Angeles Times Book Finalists Announced

The finalists, announced on 2/22, include Zadie Smith’s novel Swing Time, Jane Mayer’s Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, and Rep. John Lewis’ graphic memoir March: Book Three. The list includes 55 books, plus one award was announced – Thomas McGuane was honored with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. The prizes in all 11 categories, including a new category for autobiographical prose, will be announced April 21st. Good luck to all the finalists!

 Merger Expands E-Book Opportunities

Good news for poets! The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), merged — opening up new file formats for e-books. This brings more opportunities in visual design/formatting, often integral to poetry, giving readers using apps and e-readers alike a more robust and authentic experience.

Cal-Poly Offering a Class on Beyonce

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California, just announced a new class focused on the work of Beyonce. Focusing on the themes of women of color feminism, anti-black racism, and police brutality, the course will include comparison’s with classic feminist texts such as Audre Lorde’s The Uses of Anger” and Sojourner Truth’s Ain’t I a Woman.

New Walt Whitman Work Discovered! 

A graduate student at the University of Houston has found a lost work of fiction from the lauded author. First published anonymously in 1852, the serialized novella, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Autobiography; In Which The Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters, was discovered by Zachary Turpin.

 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Winners Announced


The awards, totaling nearly $315,000, will be conferred on March 27. The 23 winners include Helen Oyeyemi for her work of literature, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, poet Natalie Scenters-Zapico for The Verging Cities, and nonfiction author  Matthew Desmond for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. 



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laurelsunshineLaurel Dowswell is the Features Editor at Change Seven. Her short story “I Am theEggman” was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. She was a copy editor for an independent feminist newspaper in Santa Fe, NM, after being raised and educated in Florida. She lives and writes in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta with her son. She is currently working on a novel filled with oil paintings, family drama, and the spectrum of sexuality. Follow her on twitter @laurels_idea.

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