National Short Story Month, the Gatsby game, and more from PEN World Voices
All new links ready for your perusal, including photo recaps of this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, two exciting events in London this month, and a flash game inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most enduring work.
News, Reviews, and Interviews
In lieu of a single month celebrating poetry, should we instead make a Poetry Century?
Fifteen years ago, Margaret Atwood proclaimed there is a “woman problem” in literature. Do you think anything has changed?
Does the failure (if you think it as such) of translated literature lie with the reviewers?
If you missed this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, Philip Roth’s speech has been published at the New Yorker.
Now that the Arab Spring has come and gone, what has become of Egypt’s artists?
Europa Editions’ new World Noir book series is coming to a bookstore near you very soon!
A new interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Goodreads asks about her views on life, love, and her newest book.
Wigleaf has come out with its list of the top 50 (very) short fiction pieces of last year.
Poetry is now available for digital subscriptions on your favorite platform.
For Your Calendar
If you’re in the London area this month, make sure to stop by Sotheby’s on the 21st. English PEN will be auctioning off several signed first edition books!
Celebrate the life and works of Tadeusz Różewicz on May 25 at the Southbank Centre in London.
Fun Finds and Inspiration
This month is National Short Story Month, and Graywolf Press is celebrating with hand-picked stories from celebrated authors.
A new and inspiring video imagines what the world would be like if everything, even books, were replaced with holographic, tech-savvy equipment.
In Sao Paolo, a new art project is pairing business owners with street artists to create beautiful, cultural masterpieces.
If you ever find yourself in need of a giggle or two, just scroll through the Lousy Book Covers Tumblr.
The PEN American Center has some great Facebook photo albums depicting all of the major events at this year’s World Voices Festival.
A new interactive flash game inspired by The Great Gatsby is potentially unwinnable. Can you beat it?