politics

Journalists in Ukraine Under Threat, Stephen Colbert Audiobook Wins a Grammy, and More

by
Melissa Faliveno
1.27.14

Journalists find themselves under increasing threat of violence as protests continue in Ukraine; Sheryl Sandberg's 2013 best-selling book Lean In will become a movie; comedian Stephen Colbert's audiobook has won a Grammy; the Huffington Post rounds up the fifteen hottest romances in literature; and other news.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Inventory Project

In 2010 San Francisco poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil founded the Al-Mutanabbi Street Inventory Project to commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad's famous bookselling thoroughfare, which left thirty people dead and the city's literary center...

Nate Silver Wins, Literary Agent Wishlist, and More

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Evan Smith Rakoff
11.7.12

With Obama's victory last night, the Los Angeles Times reports another winner was author Nate Silver, who correctly predicted the election outcome; literary agent Janet Reid posted a wishlist; Book Riot lists a handful of literary conversations they never want to have (again); and other news.

Librotraficante Takes Back the Book

by
Belinda Acosta
7.1.12

In a fight against the controversial Arizona House Bill 2281, which effectively bans ethnic-studies classes and curricula, novelist Tony Diaz and other members of the Texas-based arts advocacy group Nuestra Palabra have formed a network of writers and supporters to raise awareness about the impact of the bill and to counter its effects with initiatives such as “banned book bashes” and the building of underground libraries.

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Poetic People Power

by
Rebecca Keith
5.1.12

As literature concerned with today’s often-grim realities gains new prominence, a handful of literary organizations are highlighting the connection between poetry and politics and strengthening the network of socially conscious writers. 

The Literature of Action

As a companion to "Poetic People Power" by Rebecca Keith, here's a look at classic and contemporary books that investigate social and political themes through poetry and prose. Help us add to this visual library by sending your suggestions to editor...

Goodbye to Algonquin's Oak Room, E. B. White Answers the ASPCA, and More

by
Evan Smith Rakoff
2.3.12

Melville House wonders when publishers will speak out about Amazon; New York City's Algonquin Hotel announced that when it reopens this spring after a renovation, the famed Oak Room will be gone; E. B. White answers a charge levied by the ASPCA; and more

Remembering Wislawa Szymborska and Dorothea Tanning, Paul Auster's War of Words, and More

by
Evan Smith Rakoff
2.2.12

Nobel prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska, as well as Surrealist artist and poet Dorothea Tanning, passed away yesterday in their respective countries; novelist Paul Auster has engaged in a war of words with Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey; Open Letters Monthly examines the hidden life of Virginia Woolf's institutionalized half-sister, Laura Makepeace Stephen; and other news.

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