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Massive Crowds at Junot Díaz Reading, Remembering Djuna Barnes, and More

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Online Only, posted 9.12.12

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Massive attendance at a Junot Díaz reading and book signing last night in New York City reached near riot proportions. (Color Lines)

Riverhead Books, Junot Díaz's publisher, posted photos of the huge crowds on its Facebook page.

Third-wave feminist author Naomi Wolf’s new book Vagina has come under sharp criticism, yet Kat Stoeffel comes to The Beauty Myth author's defense. (New York)

Meanwhile, the Internet is aflutter after discovering Apple's iBookstore censors the word "vagina." (Mike Cane's xBlog)

"She died thirty years ago, the last of the English-language Modernists, plagued by bitterness and an apartment full of roaches." Big Think remembers Djuna Barnes.

Wendy McClure writes of visiting a log cabin built where the book Little House on the Prairie takes place, as well as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum (and there are five other Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites). (Writers' Houses)

Writer and filmmaker Gretl Claggett has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a short film called “Happy Hour,” based on a poem. The film explores memory of childhood sex abuse and will be narrated by Julianne Moore.

The first event of PEN America's annual Lit Crawl starts tonight in New York City, with twenty-three more events scheduled for September 15.

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