New Katherine Mansfield, Tower of Babel, RIP Gore Vidal, and more

August 3, 2012

This week was a mix of delight and sadness—we said "hello" to recently-discovered material from both Katherine Mansfield and F. Scott Fitzgerald, but we also said "goodbye" to a beloved writer and critic, Gore Vidal.

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The Center for the Art of Translation has announced its new press, Two Lines Press. The press will be dedicated to international literature and its first books will be released next year.

A student at King's College London recently discovered four unpublished stories by Katherine Mansfield.

Big Think has compiled a list of the best poems from the past 25 years. Would your list be different?

Words Without Borders has a new Kickstarter project, dedicated to bringing Guatemalan writer Eduardo Halfon and his new novel, The Polish Boxer, to New York.

The New Yorker finally published a previously-rejected F. Scott Fitzgerald short story entitled "Thank You for the Light."

Gore Vidal, an American author best known for his historical novels and literary essays, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86.

English PEN's newest Atlas discusses banned books and the personal libraries of dictators.

For Your Calendar

Archipelago Books is hosting a reading in September with a few of their in-house translators. has a whole page dedicated to upcoming writing contests. Submit your material today!

English PEN is pioneering a new project to train young people (ages 16-21) in free speech, creative writing, and projects training.

If you are a member of Goodreads, Europa Editions is giving away ten copies of their newest publication, The Frost on His Shoulders by Lorenzo Mediano.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Melville House reveals that three well-known writers use running as a remedy to free up their brains while working on a new book. To fill up your brain with running inspiration, why not look to our reading list, The Literature of Running?

Lisa Carter from Intralingo contemplates what her translating career would look like if she started over right now.

Argentinian artist Marta Minujin has created a new sculpture in Buenos Aires called "The Tower of Babel." It is made from over 30,000 books!

A mysterious and anonymous artist began leaving book sculptures in various locations across Edinburgh last year. Now these beautiful pieces are going on tour.

Sometimes writers just don't get along. Here are some of the more famous writerly quarrels.