OutWrite Book Fest, Literary Atlanta, Judith Jones & more! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell


The 2017 World’s Highest Earning Author is…

JK Rowling! She tops the list at $95M, with author James Patterson coming in at $87M. Forbes released the list this week, which also included popular authors Stephen King, Dan Brown, and John Grisham. For the full list of ten, click here.

In other Rowling news…on August 2nd, it was announced that the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will come to Broadway next year.

Longtime Knopf Editor Judith Jones Dies at 93

The lauded editor worked at Knopf for more than five decades, bringing The Diary of Anne Frank, among many other books including Mastering the Art of French  Cooking co-authored by Julia Childs. She died on Wednesday at her home in Vermont from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. RIP Judith Jones…

2017 OutWrite Book Festival Takes Place in Washington, D.C.

The celebration of LGBT literature, authors, writers, and poets took place over the weekend August 4th-6th. Author and editor/publisher of Circlet Press, Cecilia Tan, was the keynote speaker and the festival included readings, exhibitors, panels and book sales.

Literary Atlanta Podcast Debuts 

Alison Law, writer, publicist, and associate program director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, announced the debut of Literary Atlanta this week. Her first guest is Daren Wang with his debut novel, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, set to be published on August 29th.

Charles Frazier, the author of Cold Mountain, says this about the novel, “Splendid-a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War.”

Mr. Wang is also the founding executive director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, taking place September 1-3, 2017. Last year, I published my exciting journey through the 2016 fest in this post at Change Seven. Always a blast, this festival is the largest independent book festival in the U.S.

But wait! There’s more…

A review of  Layli Long Soldier’s debut book of poetry, Whereas.

George Saunders on the writing process.

1.800-year-old writing tool is found in Turkey.

A project in Germany is returning books to rightful heirs stolen during the Third Reich.  

Our Video of the Week is XYZT: Abstract Landscapes by French artists Adrien M. and Claire B., upload by NPR.  A new collection of interactive digital art that is touring the U.S. – fascinating!


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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s