NBCC Winners, Virtual Reality, Emography & more! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

National Book Critic Circle Celebrates Winners

On March 16, the NBCC celebrated the finalists for the 2016 publishing year. Celebrants include fiction winner Louise Erdrich for her novel, LaRose, Ishion Hutchinson for poetry with House of Lords and Commons, Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing, awarded the John Leonard Prize for best first book in any genre. The celebration took place at The New School in New York City.

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Additional winners include Matthew Desmond’s best seller, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and the lifetime achievement award went to novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood. For a complete list, click here.

Boston College Brings Ulysses Into (Virtual) Reality With Joycestick

Students in the English department are developing a new way to experience the book through the virtual reality game Joycestick.


The game, based on the James Joyce novel, allows players to explore different environments from the book. Players can also touch objects that trigger different readings in the book.

Arte da Palavra (Art of the Word) Launches in Brazil

The Social Service of Commerce (SESC) is bringing a huge literature program to twelve states in Brazil. The Arte da Palavra will include public discussions of literature as well as workshops.

L.A.Times Festival of Books Set for April

The schedule has been announced for the April 22-23 L.A, Times Festival of Books. It’s very impressive. Authors listed to appear include Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Roxane Gay. More than 500 authors will be reading, appearing on panels, and signing books.

Derek Walcott, Critically Acclaimed Poet and Nobel Laureate Dies

Renowned poet Derek Walcott has died at the age of 87. A powerful voice in Caribbean literature, he passed away at his home in St. Lucia on Friday the 17th. His works include In a Green Night and the Homeric epic Omeros. He was awarded the Nobel in 1992.

Here is your video of the week!

“…in the world of the artist and the writer- No matter how good the work is- if it doesn’t communicate, it is meaningless.”

The Subtle Art of Emography – published on 3/17.


Need more?

Look at this amazing literature map of the world.

Caitlin Moran on writer’s block, her posture, and her arse. 

Chelsea Clinton persists.

 So does the Apalachee Review.

Laurel 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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