Other book and poetry news is below.
Something to spend time reading and absorbing are these 16 writers who recall important moments in African American history.
Also, I enjoyed this New York Times profile on James Daunt, the man charged with turning around Barnes & Noble.
In between sessions at the Emerging Writers Festival this weekend, I plan to read this interview with The Tiger’s Wife author Téa Obreht. If you happen to be at the Festival, grab me and say hey. I’ll be the tall light-haired guy who’s impressed by all the other writers.
- A church in Alabama is helping build “little libraries.”
- Speaking of libraries, these books were way, way overdue.
- Money is being raised to build a Charles Bukowski monument in San Pedro, Calif.
- This is a fun piece about a married couple who produce children’s books.
- The story of how John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath came to be.
- Did you know that thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail love fantasy books?
- Learning about literary festivals in Africa and in Trinidad.
- Being an introvert, silent book clubs intrigue me.
Books + Hollywood
- The second season of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is based on The Turn of the Screw.
- Young adult author Lauren Oliver signed a first-look deal with Amazon.
- Ernest Hemingway’s A Mo
veable Feast is being made into a TV series.
- Also, the first trailer for the new Little Women film is below.
- Closeout your summer with the books on this list.
- Here’s what Barack Obama is reading this summer.
- Something to look forward to this fall? These books. Oh, and these 25 books.
- Maybe you read these books in high school, but perhaps you should read them again.
- Oprah Magazine lists 25 books every woman should read.
- The Yellow House by Sarah Broom is a memoir about rebuilding her childhood home that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.
- U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and others who are releasing new poetry collections this month.
- Timothy C. Winegard’s new book traces the mosquito’s role throughout history.
- Matt Salinger helped make four of his dad’s books available as eBooks.
- The farm of late poet Donald Hall will become the site of a writing residency program.
- Louisiana has a new poet laureate.
- Emma Lazarus’s biographer says the poet wrote “The New Colossus” to encourage Americans to embrace all immigrants.
- Looking at the Iowa roots of poet Lucas Hunt.
- This guy writes on-demand poems in Park Slope.
- Some jobs give you great material for poetry, such as a bartender.
- Lorin Cuoco, who worked with William H. Gass and highlighted St. Louis writers, died at 64.
- Children’s poetry anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins passed away on Aug. 8, 2019. He was 81.
- Author, playwright, and Los Angeles Times book critic Elaine Kendall is dead at 91.
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