Austin African American Book Festival Celebrates Literature The 11th annual festival took place from June 22-24, highlighting such authors as bestselling YA author Angie Thomas, novelist April Sinclair, and Salon Magazine Editor-at-Large D. Watkins. The keynote address was given by author Peniel Joseph, titled “Black History, Literature, and Power in the Age of Black […]
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Tracy K. Smith is the New Poet Laureate of the United States…The poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection, Life on Mars, and a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction for her memoir, Ordinary Light, will begin her new post with the Library of Congress in September of this year. Congratulations Tracy K. Smith!
Lit Fests, Dystopian Fiction, a Parthenon of Banned Books & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
The outdoor literary festival took place over the weekend, bringing readers, writers, editors, collectors and more to the historic Printers Row neighborhood.
RIP Denis Johnson, New Arundhati Roy, Poetry for Manchester, and more! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
Novelist, poet, and playwright Denis Johnson passed away on May 24. National Book Award winner for Tree of Smoke, as well as the author of the short story collection Jesus’ Son was 67.
Global Prizes, Amazon Charts, Poets House & the Brooklyn Bridge and more! Your Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
The 2017 Etisalat Literature Prize Goes to… Jowhor Ile – for his book, And after Many Days. He will receive £15,000, an Etisalat sponsored book tour to three African countries, a fellowship at the University of East Anglia, and an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen. Congratulations! The Debut of Amazon Charts On May […]
The American Writers Museum, Hillary & the BookExpo, Joy Harjo and More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
American Writers Museum Opens in Chicago The American Writers Museum opens its doors today in Chicago. The 11,000 square feet space houses timelines, placards, a word “waterfall” with interactive games, and more. A small selection of the writers represented include Mark Twain, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Harriet Beecher […]
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 […]
Buying Indie, The Handmaid’s Tale, Zelda, Ron Rash, the Universe & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
Independent Bookstore Day Celebrated The official Independent Bookstore Day is the last day of April each year. Bringing author readings, music and kids events and more, indie bookstores from all over celebrate this special Saturday. Indie bookstores are vital, enthusiastic, and community-building centers of literature, poetry, and creativity. Love […]
2017 European Union Prizes for Literature Announced On April 21st, the twelve winners for the 2017 prize were announced. Funded by the Creative Europe programme, the winners include Rudi Erebara (Albania), Ina Vultchanova (Bulgaria) and Sine Ergün (Turkey). The prize recognizes excellence in new and emerging literary talents across the […]
Pulitzer Prizes, James Baldwin’s Papers Get a New Home, Bana al-Abed & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
The 2017 winners were announced on Monday, 4/10. Colson Whitehead won the fiction award for The Underground Railroad. The poetry honor was awarded to Tyehimba Jess for Olio.