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Carolyn Kizer Has Died

Carolyn KizerPoet Carolyn Kizer has died. She was 89-years-old.

Kizer (pictured, via) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for her collection, Yin. Throughout her writing career, she published several volumes of poetry. Follow this link to read a few of Kizer’s poems.

Here’s more from The Los Angeles Times: “At 17 she published a poem in the New Yorker (her only poem to appear in that publication, as it turned out)…Throughout her career, she stood up for what she believed, persuading Lyndon Johnson to lift a travel ban against Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in 1970, and, 28 years later, resigning (along with her friend Maxine Kumin) as a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets to protest the organization’s lack of diversity.”

Richard Flanagan Wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize

Man Booker Prize LogoThe 2014 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Richard Flanagan for his novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Flanagan will receive £50,000 for this accomplishment.

According to the press release, Flanagan is the third Australian writer to win this award. Follow this link to check out the longlist.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Born in Tasmania, Flanagan was the only Australian writer to make this year’s shortlist. His novel chronicles the experiences of a surgeon who has been imprisoned on the Burma Death Railway, a Japanese war camp during World War II. His sixth book, it’s based on his father’s true story. Philosopher and Booker chair A.C. Grayling called it “the sort of book that kicks you so hard in the stomach.”

The Aroma of Books: INFOGRAPHIC

Compound InterestHave you ever wondered about the smell that emits from books? The Compound Interest chemistry blog has created an infographic called, “The Aroma of Books.”

According to the blog post, “the origins can be traced back to a number of chemical constituents.” We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further. (via the NerdAlert YouTube channel)
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Executives to Transform McSweeney’s Into a Non-Profit Organization

mcsweeneys-logoThe executives behind McSweeney’s intends to transform the company into a nonprofit. The independent publishing house was launched in 1998 as a for-profit business.

In an interview with SFGate, founder Dave Eggers explained why the company is heading in this direction: “We’ve always been a hand-to-mouth operation, and every year it gets just a little harder to be an independent publisher. An independent literary title that might have sold 10,000 copies 10 years ago might sell 6,000 now, for example…It just seemed that increasingly so many of the things that we wanted to do were nonprofit projects and were not really things that you could reasonably expect to break even on.”

This plan will be set in motion by next month with the hope of transitioning into a 501(c)(3) organization within a year. There will be no changes made to the editorial team. Once the switch takes place, the staff can actually take on projects that were put on hold including an expanded poetry series, a fiction anthology written by South Sudanese women, and the Collins Library.

The Grolier Club is Hosting the ‘Evermore: The Persistence of Poe’ Exhibit

449px-Edgar_Allan_Poe_2_retouched_and_transparent_bgThe Grolier Club is hosting an exhibit focused on Edgar Allan Poe called “Evermore: The Persistence of Poe.” Susan Jaffe Tane and Gabriel Mckee served as the curators.

Visitors will see manuscripts, letters, first-edition books, and other items. The closing date has been scheduled for November 22nd.

Here’s more about this display: “Highlights of the exhibit include several recently discovered items never before shown in a public exhibition. Most notable is the only known manuscript copy of The Conqueror Worm, generally regarded as one of Poe’s best and bleakest poems. This copy was thought lost until its rediscovery in 2013.”

Warner Bros. to Shoot At Least 3 ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Films

Fantastic BeastsWarner Brothers has made several announcements about the Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them project.

The first film, scripted by J.K. Rowling, will hit the silver screen in 2016. According to Deadline, the studio intends to create at least two more movies for this franchise; the second one will be released in 2018 and the third one will follow in 2020.

David Yates, the director behind the final four installments of the Harry Potter movie franchise, will helm Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. In addition to her duties as the screenwriter, Rowling will serve as a producer along with David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram.

Mara Wilson Inks Deal with Penguin Books

mARA wILSONMara Wilson, a former child star best known for starring in the Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda film adaptations, has landed a deal with Penguin Books.

Wilson (pictured, via) plans to pen a book of personal essays entitled (K) for Kid. According to the press release, the pieces will share Wilson’s ideas on “being young, female, and a little out of place—as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a New Yorker in California and a Californian in New York, and more.”

Editor Lindsey Schwoeri negotiated the deal with Paradigm literary agent Alyssa Reuben. The Penguin Random House imprint will publish the book as its lead nonfiction title sometime in 2016.

4 Daniel Silva Novels Will be Published in 16 Different Countries

Daniel SilvaThriller writer Daniel Silva has signed a foreign language agreement with HarperCollins. 4 of Silva’s novels will be published in 16 different countries.

The first Silva title, The Heist, will come out in Germany in Fall 2015. From there, the book will reach readers in Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Subsequent publications will be released in those markets as well as Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.

Silva gave this statement in the press release: “I’ve had a great partnership with HarperCollins over the last four years. Now, their increased foreign language footprint provides the opportunity to collaborate in an even more comprehensive, global fashion. It’s a tremendous opportunity to reach more readers in more languages in both digital and print. I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity.”

The Morgan Library is Hosting An Exhibit on Richard McGuire’s ‘Here’

321387_10151430125866183_744849131_nThe Morgan Library & Museum is hosting an exhibit called “From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book.” This art show was organized to celebrate the publication of the graphic novel, Here.

This full-color book, due out on December 9th, is based on McGuire’s original black-and-white comic. The closing date has been scheduled for November 9th.

Here’s more about the exhibit: “Though the viewpoint in Here remains fixed on one corner of a living room, time in the story is boundless and elastic. Populating the space with multiple frames of action, dating from the ancient past to the distant future, McGuire conjures narratives, dialogues, and streams of association that unite moments divided by years and centuries. The exhibition combines original drawings for the strip and the novel with source photographs, books that influenced the form and content of McGuire’s invention, and collages and sketchbooks that afford glimpses into his creative process.”

Shakespeare and Company Profiled in a ‘Super Soul Sunday’ Short Film

Shakespeare and Company has been profiled in an Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday short film. We’ve embedded the entire piece in the video above—what do you think? Past patrons of the famous Parisian independent bookstore include Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce.

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