The Klencke Atlas Online, Books for Mother’s Day, 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:

The British Library has digitized the Klencke Atlas, one of the world’s largest books. When open, the book—a gift from Dutch professor Johannes Klencke to King Charles II in 1660—is nearly six feet tall and more than seven feet wide. The atlas’s many maps can now be viewed online. (Colossal, British Library)

Australian writer Fiona McFarlane has won the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize, given annually for a work of fiction published in the previous year. McFarlane, who receives £30,000 (approximately $39,000), won for her story collection, The High Places (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016).

Bay Area bookseller Bill Petrocelli, co-owner of the bookstore Book Passage, has filed a lawsuit against the state of California, arguing that its “Autograph Law” violates first amendment freedoms. Passed last year, law makes it significantly harder to sell an autographed book. (Publishers Weekly)

At the Guardian, Danuta Kean questions whether the consolidation of major publishing houses in the U.K. is making it harder for women in publishing to advance to the executive and board levels. The gender pay gap in the U.K. publishing industry is 16 percent. 

Science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany talks with Junot Díaz about recognizing one’s mortality, his difficulties with technology, and his belief that the current political dilemma stems from prejudice towards women. (Boston Review)

“Twenty-five years after he’d earned his master’s in creative writing, my father found his voice, and it happened to be in the bar where he drank on his first night in Manhattan, back in 1967.” Rafe Bartholomew tells the story of how his father, Geoff Bartholomew, became the bard of the famed McSorley’s Old Ale House in New York City. (Hazlitt)

In advance of Mother’s Day this weekend, New York Magazine offers book recommendations for twenty-three kinds of moms, from Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West for “the mom who’s watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu” to Joyce Carol Oates’s A Book of American Martyrs for “the mom who marched on Washington.”

Speaking of book recommendations, ParrotReads has compiled the reading suggestions of all the speakers at the 2017 TED Conference, including Serena Williams and Elon Musk.