Harry Potter, Murakami, Poetry Fests, and more! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell


J.K. Rowling Announces New Online Book Club


Harry Potter fans unite! The Wizarding World Book Club “aims to surprise and delight those who have never read a Harry Potter book, as well as returning readers who want to join the conversation.” The club will launch in June in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the publishing of the first book in the spectacularly popular series.

Haruki Murakami Publishes a Short Story Collection


The literary giant’s collection, Men Without Women, brings stories on love and loss, suicide, a Kafka antihero, the moon, and more. As per this review in the Los Angeles Times by Jeffery Renard Allen, “Murakami displays his singular genius in moments…when he manages to find a concrete image for human emotion.”


Massachusetts Poetry Festival Hosts 150+ Poets


The festival, held in Salem, MA, over the weekend hosted Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Glück, punk poet Eileen Miles, and many more. The festival included readings, workshops, a small press and literary fair, poetry slams, panels, and open-air readings.

Books for Keeps Launches for Georgia Kids

The nonprofit organization Books for Keeps will be distributing about 72,000 books to students in the state of Georgia throughout the month of May. The annual event consists of visiting schools around Athens, GA, as well as Atlanta and rural counties. This year, the organization plans to visit 15 separate schools.

But wait! There’s more!

Are J.K.Rowling’s social media habits a threat to literature? Um, no.

What’s up with Chat-Fiction apps and YA novels?

Hungry poets can win free Whataburgers for a year.

Tor Books gets into experimental storytelling.

Jane Goodall has a message for Ivanka after being quoted in her book. 

Here is our video of the week, highlighting Art and Identity:

Laurel Dowswell is the Features Editor at Change Seven. Her short story “I Am the Eggman” 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, a lot of red wine, and the spectrum of sexuality. Follow her on twitter @laurels_idea

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