Granta's Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, Toronto's Poetry Mural, and More


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:

Granta announced a new list of promising scribes called "Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists" featuring twenty-two writers under the age of thirty-five from Spain and seven Latin American countries. (New York Times)

The wrong draft of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom was published in the U.K. earlier this week, and the novelist has urged his fans to exchange their copies for the correct version set to be released on Monday. (Telegraph)

Apparently the Nobel jury has already selected the winner of this year's prize in literature, but we will all have to wait until October 7 to find out who it is. (Independent)

Jacket Copy rounded up thirty notable literary events in Los Angeles in October, including readings from Edwidge Danticat, Sir Michael Caine (who apparently predicted 9/11 in a novel he was working on at the time, according to the Telegraph), Michael Cunningham, and Darin Strauss, as well as a memorial event for Charles Bukowski.

Random House has hired former Gourmet editor in chief and author Ruth Reichl as an editor-at-large. (Publishers Weekly)

PEN American Center President Kwame Anthony Appiah has called for "the Nobel Committee to recognize Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo with this year's Peace Prize." (Press Release)

On the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a one-thousand-square-foot mural of an original poem by Toronto's poet laureate, Dionne Brand, was produced and painted by Arts Etobicoke to celebrate Article 13 of the declaration: "Everyone has the right to freedom of movement."

In an article titled "OMG, ETC.," the Economist wonders when we started "speaking in sets of capital letters."


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This is just one proof that people really care about what's happening around. There are lots of things to discuss, which have been unnoticed by many of us. Anyway, going back to the topic, I would like to congratulate the winners in literature. It's true that everyone has the right to freedom of movement, so why not join the movement? I think this will also be one good way to keep the literature alive forever.