A Closer Look at Literary Maps, Friends and Family Pay Tribute to Eve Babitz, and More

by Staff
1.19.22

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

A new exhibition at the Huntington in San Marino, California, showcases a rich array of literary maps, including maps related to James Joyce’s Ulysses. “This exhibition explores the question of what is augmented or diminished by reading a narrative with a map,” said exhibition curator Karla Nielsen. (Guardian)

Friends and family gathered in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the late author Eve Babitz, who died in December. Her younger sister, Mirandi Babitz, told the crowd: “I was constantly rejected by her in the most unmistakable ways, like spraying fly-spray in my mouth, but I had a gut-aching love for her and that was that.” (Los Angeles Times)

The National Book Foundation will host sixteen events across the country this spring, as part of its annual NBF Presents program. Natalie Diaz, Katie Kitamura, Jason Mott, and numerous other past National Book Award honorees will make appearances. (Publishers Weekly)

“For several years I have felt called to transition away from the extractivist mindset that was a pillar of my education, and translating from minority languages seems like a way forward.” Juana Adcock writes about translating in the age of capitalism. (Harriet)

“When I write, I don’t have a plan and I don’t have a message—I just want people to come with me, to let me tell them a story.” Isabel Allende discusses the pandemic, feminism, and her latest novel, Violeta. (Guardian)

“My art has gotten angrier as it has become more honest, because I have no idea how to write honestly about being a woman without writing about anger.” Gwen E. Kirby, the author of Shit Cassandra Saw, reflects on striving to write the truth. (Rumpus)

The public has always known that Gabriel García Márquez had two sons, Gonzalo and Rodrigo, with his wife, Mercedes Barcha, but it has now been revealed that he also had a daughter, Indira, with journalist Susana Cato in the early 1990s. Indira, who took her mother’s family name, is a documentary producer. (Kirkus)

In the latest installment of her column about the moon at the Paris Review Daily, Nina MacLaughlin poses a series of questions to readers, including “How did you hear about planet Earth?” and “Do you believe some things should remain a mystery?”