Father’s day poems, Holocaust survival, and more

June 19, 2015

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Israeli writer Etgar Keret was interviewed recently on NPR. Keret discussed how he learned storytelling and survival from his father who survived the Holocaust.

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman returned from PEN International’s biennial Writers in Prison conference and the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) meeting. Read her thoughts on the power of reading and diversity in writing.

Do you think bookstores have a gender bias in the books they sell? The Guardian recently covered this topic from the perspective of a bookseller.

This opinion article by Noah Richler looks at the challenge and hardship of saving indigenous literature.

Korean Poet Choi Dae-ho used social media to build readership before launching into the publishing realm. This article in the Korea Times talks about how other authors are using social media channels to reach broader audiences.

Vietnam’s second “Temple of Literature” has received some criticism because of costs. Construction photos are available online.

Fun Finds and Inspiration 

In honor of Father’s Day the Academy of American Poets highlights poems from Eula Biss, Anne Bradstreet, e.e. cummings, Martín Espada, Mark Irwin, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Afaa Michael Weaver.

Have you ever traveled to a place featured in literature? Akshita Nanda talks about some of the ways travel and literature intersect.

Read a short history about this “society for portable literature” on Flavorwire.

The OMG Shakespeare series has adapted some of William Shakespeare’s plays using slang, emoticons, and text talk