Little Free Library’s Action Book Club, 1984’s resurgence, and more

January 27, 2017
by WLT

Book covers for George Orwell's book 1984

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

This week, George Orwell’s 1984 saw a resurgence in interest after presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway described some of the Trump administration’s claims as “alternative facts.” 

The Atlantic also examines how works by Sinclair Lewis, John Steinbeck, and Hannah Arendt have seen a revival in the past year.

National Book Foundation director Lisa Lucas discusses how books have a unique ability to allow people to “spend some time with that different perspective.” 

Recent WLT contributor Amit Majmudar has a new poem titled “Resurrection: His Hands” on the Kenyon Review website. 

Via Literary Hub, Ning Ken argues why modern China needs a new literary genre to embody “chaohuan” or the “ultra-unreal.”

Poet and WLT contributor Hagit Grossman has released a video for her poem “Women.” You can watch and listen to her poems “Evolution” and “Defective Evolution” on the WLT website.

Writers responded to a political jolt at the Jaipur Literature Festival, where two leaders of the far-right group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were allowed to take part in panel discussions. 

The American Library Association has announced its 2017 youth media award winners, and the list recognizes the beauty of difference

Melville House outlines what Americans stand to lose if cuts are made to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

The Los Angeles Review of Books takes a look at Bob Dylan’s “apparently frigid disinterest” in winning awards and the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Calcutta-born multidisciplinarian Rabindranath Tagore.


Fun Finds and Inspiration                      

How did Sherlock Holmes get his name? In this excerpt, Michael Sims shares interesting details about the early days of Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic sleuth. 

Little Free Library has started a new project where book clubs can pair reading with community involvement. Action Book Club provides recommended books on timely topics and all the materials needed to start a project that benefits your local community.

Electric Literature rounds up the 2017 Oscar-nominated films that started out as books.