Presses Revive Midwestern Classics, Campaign to Restore George Eliot’s Home, 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:

Two presses are working to revive forgotten classics in the Midwest: This month Belt Publishing debuted Belt Revivals, a series of “classic, unjustly forgotten Midwestern classics,” and this weekend the Chicago Review of Books launched a new small imprint dedicated to publishing Chicago classics. (Atlas Obscura, Chicago Magazine)

In advance of George Eliot’s bicentennial next year, fans of the Victorian novelist are campaigning to restore her childhood home in Coventry. (Guardian)

In response to an e-mail sent by Penguin Random House U.K. claiming its list will reflect the diversity of U.K. society by 2025, author Lionel Shriver has accused the publisher of being “drunk on virtue” and of putting diversity ahead of literary excellence. Penguin responded today and said, “Books shape our culture, and this should not be driven only by people who come from a narrow section of society.” (Guardian, Spectator)

“Bourdain felt like your brother, your rad uncle, your impossibly cool dad—your realest, smartest friend, who wandered outside after beers at the local one night and ended up in front of some TV cameras and decided to stay there.” Helen Rosner remembers Anthony Bourdain, who died on Friday, and how he “built his career on the telling of truth.” (New Yorker)

Meanwhile, the New York Times recommends what to watch, read, and listen to by and about the famous chef and author.

Portland’s feminist bookstore Other Words, which was featured in many scenes of the television show Portlandia, will shutter at the end of June. (Oregonian)

BookRiot rounds up inspirational, funny, and romantic book acknowledgments.

Who throws the best dictionary Twitter shade, Merriam-Webster or The New York Times takes a look.