John Yau on John Ashbery’s collage work; the novel in the age of Obama; on translating The Epic of Gilgamesh; and other news.
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New fiction and poetry in translation; Chinese surgeon’s smog poem goes viral; book returned to Seattle library forty years overdue; and other news.
Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and the cofounder of 100 Word Story, leads a literary tour of San Francisco, a city of rollicking rogues and home of the Beats.
Fiction writer Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel; new Philip Levine poetry books; a survey of Great American Novels; and other news.
Nelson Doubleday Jr. Collection to go to auction next week; Florida librarians create fake borrowers to save books; Powell’s Books sends titles to Obama and Trump; and other news.
Cynthia Nixon on playing Emily Dickinson; the Poetry Coalition; Jimmy Fallon donates $1 million to First Book; and other news.
Carla Hayden, the nation’s new Librarian of Congress, talks about her role and what she hopes to achieve during her tenure. Hayden is the first woman, and the first African American, to hold the position.
Little Free Library celebrates fifty thousand locations; researchers create algorithm for machine to determine a book’s genre by its cover; poet Jim Harrison’s final interview; and other news.
Jail time for overdue library books; Henry Louis Gates, Jr. leads fundraising campaign to save James Baldwin’s home; American novels and individualism; and other news.
Google returns Dennis Cooper’s blog; Ian McEwan on writing his seventeenth novel; the “Nu-Audacity” school of poetry; and other news.