Dear Sugars Podcast & Column Debuts On Saturday, July 15, Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, and short story and essay writer Steve Almond introduced their new podcast and column with The New York Times, Dear Sugars. The “radically empathic advice column” is borne […]
Jane Austen, African Literature, Brave New Voices & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
Sensational Jane Austen Letter up for Auction On July 11, a letter Jane Austen composed in 1812 will go up for auction. Sent to her niece, Anna Lefroy, Austen parodies the style of the 1806 novel by Rachel Hunter, Lady Maclairn, the Victim of Villany which the two had recently read. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 – […]