Kazuo Ishiguro’s first new novel in ten years; remembering Peter Matthiessen, Brendan Behan, and Marina Keegan; what Percy Bysshe Shelley ate; and other news.
Cheryl Strayed visits Wisconsin; Melville House wonders if the author is dead; books to help with midlife crises; and other news.
Wikipedia will be published as a volume of books; an investment firm has offered to buy 51 percent of Barnes & Noble; Lorrie Moore profiled in the Millions; and other news.
Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor was among the victims of the ongoing seige at a shopping mall in Kenya; this afternoon PEN American Center is hosting a live Google+ hangout with Sherman Alexie; Rebecca Mead discusses her new book My Life in Middlemarch; and other news.
Shane Salerno answers critics of his Salinger documentary; Steve Almond looks at the career of bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert; a professor of English has solved the mystery surrounding the authorship of The Bondwoman’s Narrative; and other news.
The biennial Gift of Freedom Award, sponsored by the Placitas, New Mexico-based A Room of Her Own Foundation, transcends competition by acting as an agent for change in the lives of women writers.
Michelle Dean takes a detailed look at the game of women's memoir; Paisley Rekdal comes to the defense of the poetry workshop; J. Robert Lennon dispenses advice for the literary-minded and lovelorn alike; and other news.
In Qatar, poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami has been sentenced to life in prison after writing lines inspired by the Arab Spring; GalleyCat offers its last piece of advice for National Novel Writing Month; Nick Hornby will adapt the film version of Cheryl Strayed's Wild for Reese Witherspoon; and other news.
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.
A new recording of Flannery O’Connor has surfaced; Edan Lepucki examines the defining characteristics of the literary fiction genre; the Guardian explains how to write the first draft of a novel in one month, and other news.