The future of language, poets of protest, a nerdy marriage proposal, and more

October 5, 2012

To catch up on all the links we missed while we were celebrating the Neustadt Festival last Friday, we've included more links this week than ever before. Happy browsing!

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Words Without Borders's new disptach is by Raficq Abdulla, about his work in translating 15th century mystic poet Jami.

Sudeep Sen, who guest edited the November 2010 issue of WLT, discussed Indian Poetry with the Times of India

Pete Stothard, head chair of this year's Booker prize, thinks that book bloggers are “harming literature.” 

NPR wonders if some books are meant to be in print format only.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners were announced this week, and Ha Jin, who has been nominated for the Neustadt Prize twice, was chosen as a runner-up.

This past week was Banned Books Week, and the Huffington Post educated audiences with an infographic detailing the top 10 challenged books of this year, and why they've been challenged.

Just like the death of books, the death of movies has been predicted for years. But according to the New Yorker, there's no need to worry.

Thomas Sayers Ellis was interviewed by Bonita Lee Penn on the future of language and motion at Sampsonia Way magazine.

A new biography of John Keats suggests that the poet may have been addicted to opium during the majority of his famous career.

For Your Calendar

The 2012 Garden City Literary Festival will open October 15 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the World Book Capital of 2014.

Mark your calendars: the Guadalajara International Book Fair will run from November 24 to December 2. 

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Al Jazeera has an entire program devoted to "poets of potest," and all the videos are available to watch online.

We love pictures of odd bookshelves. This one reminds us of a hamster wheel for bibliophiles.

There were more than just books at this year's Library of Congress's National Book Festiva. Read about the “wonderfully nerdy marriage proposal” that took place! 

The City Lights Booksellers and Publishers' Blog is celebrating Banned Books Week all month long, with special guest blog posts dedicated to censorship.

If you're looking for more ways to celebrate Banned Books Week, there's a whole group devoted to posting video "read-outs" on YouTube.

2010 Puterbaugh Fellow Sherman Alexie shared some of his favorite video clips with NPR this week.

The newest Page Turner blog post features a video of writer Gay Talese's writing space.

New Yorker photographer Stefano De Luigi set out on a journey to recapture the travels of Homer's Odysseus earlier this year, armed only with his iPhone camera.