“Reading is a fantastic way to open your minds and hearts to new people, places, and ideas.Through reading, I’ve met new friends, learned new facts and become a better person.” – Gene Luen Yang
April is National Poetry month in the US and there are many ways to celebrate! From Twitter poetry to National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27th, and attending local poetry gatherings, language, poems, and poets are in the spotlight.
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 […]
On March 16, the NBCC celebrated the finalists for the 2016 publishing year. The winners include Louise Erdrich for her novel, LaRose, and Ishion Hutchinson for poetry with House of Lords and Commons.
First Known English Publication of Fiction Out of North Korea Lands in U.S. The Accusation, a collection of short stories by the pseudonymous North Korean writer Bandi, was just released in the English language in the UK (Serpent’s Tail) on March 2, and in the US on March […]
Indigenous Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann Wins $215,000 Literary Prize The Australian writer and poet won a Windham-Campbell prize. Eckermann, currently unemployed, is living in Adelaide. She says the prize money will allow her to reunite with her son and grandson. Other writers in the 2017 grant round include the […]
Los Angeles Times Book Finalists Announced The finalists, announced on 2/22, include Zadie Smith’s novel Swing Time, Jane Mayer’s Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, and Rep. John Lewis’ graphic memoir March: Book Three. The list includes 55 books, plus one award was announced – […]
We are gathering in airports and public parks. Recently, we marched together in cities and towns in red states and blue states and foreign nations. We’ve been making signs, knitting hats, posting, tweeting, calling, and writing postcards. We’re organizing and strategizing. I have just one more request, and it […]
Writers Prepare to Lobby Congress During AWP 2017 Writers from around the country attending AWP in Washington, DC this week are planning to lobby their senators and representatives on Friday, February 10, regarding a number of the new administration’s policies. On Saturday, there will also be a vigil […]
This month’s “The Waiting Room” is the final installment of the three-part essay “No, You’re Not Moving to Europe.” If you missed the first two installments, catch up on Part 1: Brexit Britain, here, and Part 2: The Parallels are There, here. Squeezed Out and Warehoused With EU […]