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Paris Review and the CIA, Herman Melville's Notebook, and More

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Online Only, posted 5.29.12

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:

Famed literary agent Hilary Rubinstein passed away last week in London at age eighty-six. While still a student at Oxford, Mr. Rubinstein was credited with discovering Kingsley Amis, and during a long career at the A. P. Watt agency, represented P. G. Wodehouse. (Independent)

In answer to a recent article in Salon linking the founding of the Paris Review with the CIA-funded Cold War organization, Congress for Cultural Freedom, Carolyn Kellogg advises, "Read, but read skeptically." (Los Angeles Times)

Raghad Saddam Hussein, the eldest daughter of Saddam Hussein, is seeking a publisher for her father's memoirs. (Guardian)

NPR chats with Rollie Pemberton about his time as poet laureate of his Canadian hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, and his dual career as the hip-hop artist, Cadence Weapon.

In light of the buzz created by the release of the film trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, as well as HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn, which premiered Memorial Day, the Observer questions if we're in the midst of a Jazz Age boom.

Flavorwire provides a look within the notebooks of famous writers and artists, including Kurt Cobain, Jennifer Egan, and Herman Melville.

Public libraries are experiencing a demand for e-readers and e-books, and WNYC investigates the costs and benefits.

At noon on June 8th and June 15th, the poems of Frank O'Hara will be read and discussed at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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City Guide

by Jen Michalski

Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.

Upcoming Events
University of Chicago - Logan Center, Seminar Terrace 801
October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
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October 21, 2014 - 6:30pm
The Poetry Foundation
October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
City Lights Bookstore
October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
City Lights Booksellers and Publishers
October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
Conferences & Residencies
West Cork, Ireland
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Writing Contests
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Magazine Articles

by Mira Ptacin

November/December 2014

Despite struggles, libraries are learning to navigate the ever-changing, and often cost-prohibitive, landscape of digital lending.


by Staff

Politics & Prose replaces Barnes & Noble as official National Book Festival bookseller; new Berryman volume and reissues released; Carlos Lozada named nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post; and other news.

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