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The New York Times profiles Aaron Lansky, who created the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, now home to 1.5 million Yiddish books that may have otherwise been lost. Lansky has announced his retirement as the Center’s president, effective June 2025.
Small Press Distribution (SPD) is moving ahead with its SPD Next plan, which the nonprofit book distributor touts as a way to cut costs while increasing services for its clientele of four hundred independent publishers, reports Publishers Weekly. SPD has moved 300,000 books to space owned by Ingram Content Group and Publishers Storage and Shipping (PSS). The partnership with Ingram and PSS will also give SPD’s clients access to “print-on-demand, e-book, and audiobook distribution” services.
The poet Lyn Hejinian has died, according to the University of California in Berkeley, where she was Professor and John F. Hotchkis Chair Emerita. The university called her “one of the most significant poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries” and “the soul of the Berkeley English department” for two decades.
The poet Elizabeth Arnold has died, according to Flood Editions, the publisher of her books Wave House (2023), Skeleton Coast (2017), Life (2014), Effacement (2010), and Civilization (2006). Arnold taught for many years in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Maryland in College Park and uncovered a lost novel by Mina Loy, Insel, which she edited for Black Sparrow Press in 1991.
Book clubs are increasingly popular, particularly with Millennial and Gen Z readers, reports CNN. The growth “reflects a renewed interest in events and experiences in-person following the isolation of the pandemic, as well as growing fatigue with endless time on screens.”
Forbes interviews four publishing experts to consider the proverbial question: “Can you make a living as an author?”
Vice Media Group, a one-time online journalistic powerhouse with ventures in television and other entertainment, is laying off hundreds of employees and will stop publishing on its news website, reports NBC News. The company will “look to partner with established media companies to distribute our digital content,” says Vice’s CEO.
An international literature festival that was once held each year in Odessa, Ukraine, is currently underway in Bucharest, Romania, due to the ongoing war with Russia. Launched in 2015, the International Literature Festival Odesa “aims to highlight the ‘international character and cultural effervescence’ of the port city in southwestern Ukraine that was the birthplace or home of writers such as Adam Mickiewicz, Alexander Pushkin, Lesya Ukrainka, Anna Akhmatova,” and others, writes Romania Insider.
The Harvard Gazette offers a peek inside poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt’s new course at Harvard University called Taylor Swift and Her World. The course, “the largest taught in the arts and humanities this spring” at Harvard, teaches Swift alongside writing by Willa Cather, Alexander Pope, Sylvia Plath, and contemporary singers like Beyoncé.
Writing is widely considered to be a solo activity. But is it really? The Financial Times considers literary works whose authors’ relied more upon collaboration than many readers realize.
The executive director of Hugo House has resigned, reports the Seattle Times. Diana Delgado will depart the nonprofit literary center in Seattle on April 1, less than a year after she began as director. In recent years, Hugo House has struggled with “high staff turnover and finances that have been dipping into the red.”
Vanity Fair seeks to set the record straight about the friendship—or lack thereof—between Truman Capote and James Baldwin, which has been recently depicted on FX’s new show, Feud: Capote Vs. the Swans.
Some writers were reportedly shunned in 2023 by the Hugo Awards, a prestigious prize for science-fiction writing, due to their critical stance toward China, where the prize ceremony was held last year. The allegations have led to the resignation of one of the awards administrators, writes the New York Times.
Workers at the Barnes & Noble on West 82nd Street in New York City have moved to unionize, filing for a union election and representation by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, reports Publishers Weekly, which notes the filing follows “a series of labor efforts across many sectors of the book business in recent years.”
A man charged in a plot to kill Masih Alinejad, an Iranian American author and critic of Iran’s treatment of women, has been arrested in the Czech Republic and extradited to the United States to face trial, reports the New York Times.
February 21 is International Mother Language Day, thanks to a designation by UNESCO. The day is meant to “honor linguistic diversity and the preservation of heritage language,” according to Words Without Borders, which marks the occasion by highlighting works by eight authors who write in their mother languages, “from Wolof and Kankanaey to Uyghur and Mapudungun.”
A statue of Herman Melville will reportedly be erected in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The coastal town is where Melville’s Moby-Dick narrator, Ishmael, travels before embarking on the whaling vessel overseen by Captain Ahab, and it’s where Melville himself set sail on his own whaling adventure ten years before publishing his 1851 novel. New Bedford has long been a tourist destination for Melville fans.
Finalists for this year’s Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced this morning. Among the sixty-six nominees in thirteen categories are Victor LaValle for speculative fiction, Yiyun Li and Justin Torres for fiction, Airea Matthews and Maggie Millner for poetry, and Shannon Sanders for first fiction. Check out Poets & Writers Magazine’s Ten Questions interviews with LaValle, Matthews, Millner, Sanders, and Torres.
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