Books Awards, Make-A-Wish, Political Poetry & More! Your Weekly Lit News Round Up by Emily Ramser

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Announced

Henry Louis Gates Jr announced the recipients of the 82nd annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards on March 23. In this announcement, he named Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures as the winner of the nonfiction Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Others who will receive awards include Tyehimba Jess and Peter Ho Davies. Isabel Allende will receive a lifetime achievement award. The ceremony will take place in Cleveland on September 7th.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Fulfills Teen’s Wish of Publishing a Novel

Gabriel Pettersen made a wish in 2015 to have the fantasy novel he co-wrote with his best friend published. As this was the foundation’s first ever publishing request, it took them some time to fulfill the wish, but the novel called Genesis is now officially set to hit shelves this summer.

Dareen Tatour’s Surreal Trial

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was arrested on October 10, 2015, for a poem she published on Facebook, along with two other Facebook statuses. The trial is posing the question- can poets be arrested for what they write or be held responsible for other’s interpretations of their work? The last witnesses in Tatour’s case will be called to testify on March 28th, which will likely the last hearing before the verdict is read in a few months.

Need more news?

New literary house to open in Copenhagen

Hundreds celebrate ‘Outsiders’ 50th anniversary with book signing, Q&A with author

Wellington busker launches campaign to turn his fantasy novel into feature film

Sci-Fi Author Nnedi Okorafor Says Publishers Whitewashed Her Book Cover

Amazon blocks and then restores sale of sci-fi book for reportedly copying another’s cover 

Author Margaret Combs Talks about the Impact of Autism on Families and Why We Need Memoirs More than Ever

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Here is your Change Seven weekly YouTube video pic! An original art video by ThePortraitArt with Rough Draft by Sarah Soloway- published on March 23rd.


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.

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