An interactive digital spy novel, the 6 essay types you should know, and more

July 21, 2017
by WLT

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News, Reviews, and Interviews

Signature Reads delivers an essay primer for adults that showcases the “6 essay types you should know.” Among the examples is a triptych by Samina Najmi from the March 2017 issue of WLT.

Novelist Junot Díaz is working on a children’s picture book for his next project.

The summer issue of Asymptote is online and features works by Ko Un, Michael Hofmann, Ghassan Zaqtan, and more!

Cristina Rivera Garza is starting the first Spanish-language PhD creative writing program in the United States at the University of Houston.

WLT contributor Elisabeth Jaquette will join in this PEN America Translation Committee event next month to discuss gender disparity as a constraint on free expression. The event will tie in to Women in Translation Month.

Via NPR, poet Bao Phi discusses his new book, Thousand Star Hotel, describing it as a hopeful “guidebook” for his 7-year-old daughter and other Asian Americans looking to see their experiences reflected.

Sherman Alexie has canceled his book tour promoting his memoir You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

In this reading list, the New York Times rounds up “comic books that put the pow in political power.”­

Curious what the longest word in the world is? Mental Floss features 12 of them sorted by category.

The Bank of England literary links exhibition unveiled a new £10 note that features literary heroine Jane Austen.

Rhyming riddles and unlocking password-protected chapters. The clues in this interactive digital spy novel by David Wise are found on New York City landmarks.