Irish Fiction Goes International, Underappreciated Holiday Books, Shia LaBeouf, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

In an effort to promote Irish literature internationally, Ireland’s Arts Council is collaborating with New York University and the University College Dublin to award over two hundred thousand dollars to a laureate in Irish fiction. (Guardian)

According to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a worker at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey was killed in an industrial accident on December 4. (All Things Digital)

Actor and filmmaker Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes graphic novel. (Los Angeles Times)

Maria Popova reveals her favorite books on writing and creativity for 2013. The list includes Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing and a collection of author interviews edited by Meredith Maran titled Why We Write. (Brain Pickings)

Meanwhile, Emily Temple identifies ten remarkable yet underappreciated holiday books, such as Nancy Mitford’s Christmas Pudding. (Flavorwire)

Main Street Books, a shop in St. Charles, Missouri, is looking for a buyer or it will close at the end of next month. (Shelf Awareness)

Greg Grandin parses historic fact from fiction in Herman Melville’s story “Benito Cereno.” (Chronicle Review)