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Steve Almond on the State of Narrative Fiction, New Novel by Khaled Hosseini, and More

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Online Only, posted 1.14.13

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:

Caleb Crain considers the life and death of Aaron Swartz. (New Yorker)

A new novel by Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed, will be published by Riverhead in May. Hosseini's last two books have sold over thirty-eight million copies. (Publishers Weekly)

On his television show, Chris Hayes discussed the presidency of Barack Obama with authors Ayana Mathis, George Saunders, Victor LaValle, and Michael Chabon. (MSNBC)

Using his fiction workshop students as litmus, Steve Almond measures the state of narrative fiction in America. (New York Times Magazine)

Author Meghan Daum asks what would Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham's character on HBO's Girls) think of Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel's recent essay in New York magazine. (New Yorker)

"Odysseus’s journey takes so long because he doesn’t want to go home." Flavorwire rounds up conspiracy theories about literary characters.

If you can't attend the upcoming Digital Book World Conference, a live stream subscription is available to all.

Meanwhile, the 2013 Yale Writers' Conference, which takes place in June, is open for applications.

Pentametron, a Twitter bot, seeks out tweets written in iambic pentameter. (TechCrunch)

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