National Poetry Month, Iraqi literature, and the London Book Fair

April 5, 2013

This week ushers in the start of a new month - hello April! This also means that it’s officially National Poetry Month, and we'll be celebrating by bringing you several poetry-related links this week and in the weeks to come.

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Goodreads recently announced that it will soon be bought by e-commerce giant Amazon.

Words Without Borders is proud to announce the creation of the James H. Ottaway Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature.

This year’s National Book Awards judges have been announced!

Ten years after the start of the Iraq War, where does Iraqi literature stand

Arabic Fiction (in English) has rounded up some new titles from this month that you’ll definitely want to check out. 

For Your Calendar

Anyone in Toronto looking to participate in National Poetry Month can go to these free, public events.

Our very own Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature kicks off next Tuesday in Norman, Oklahoma. Ethiopian writer Maaza Mengiste is the 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow, and internationally-renowned photographer Phil Borges will also be visiting to tie in this year's theme of literature and photography that illuminate women's empowerment around the world.

The 2013 London Book Fair kicks off in just two short weeks!

Fun Finds and Inspiration

What happens when a curious cat steps all over an ancient manuscript? 

Artist Cheryl Sorg creates art images of your real thumbprint using the books you’ve read throughout your life to make a literary thumbprint.

Are you a translator? Join Poetry International’s In Other Words program, celebrating translation in poetry.

All this month at Archipelago Books, you can buy one book and get one free for National Poetry Month.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with some poetry funnies.

The Poetry Foundation invites you to record and upload your favorite poem to their National Poetry Month Sound Cloud group.

Three new minimalist posters have debuted online with famous Shakespeare quotes.

Want to get your hands on the working papers of Sylvia Plath's "Sheep in Fog"? Bid on them.