Most Underrated Books of 2013, Gabriel García Márquez, Rising British Poets, and More

James F. Thompson

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:

Salon offers its recommendations for the five most underrated books of 2013.

“One form is all inward; the other is two-dimensional.” In the New York Times, novelist Sebastian Faulks explains why literary novels don’t translate well into movies.

“García Márquez paints a surreal and fevered portrait of the unnamed General as a man trapped by his own monstrosity.” The New Yorker examines the literary genius of the famed author’s short story “The Autumn of the Patriarch.”

Librarian Nancy Pearl selects her favorite books from years past, offering a personal reading list of authors and books that changed her life. (NPR)

Open Culture examines William Blake’s illustrations of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which are filled with violence, fire, and a powerful hallucinatory vision of Satan and human salvation.

The Millions reflects on 2013 and highlights the year in reading as seen by sixty-eight participants who recommend three hundred fifty books and other literary works.

“Each has something wonderful to offer to lovers of poetry.” American poet Robert Peake focuses on five British poets to watch in 2014. (Huffington Post)

Jason Diamond reveals his list for the most anticipated books of 2014. (Flavorwire)