China is cracking down on writers once again. The government tightly controls the traditional press in the country, but has been frustrated in its attempts to control social media. In China, many writers and authors use pen names to avoid the censors, especially when they discuss political and controversial issues that could make them a target of the censors and land them in jail.
Read more... January 26, 2015
A British high court ruling has overturned the controversial decision to outlaw sending books to prisoners in the United Kingdom. In December the court ruled that books should be struck off the list of items that cannot be sent to prisoners.
Read more... January 24, 2015
The release date for the film adaptation of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is fast approaching, and tales from the set are starting to leak out. James's contract with the studio reportedly gives her an amazing amount of control for an author.
Read more... January 22, 2015
Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar will be honored with the Writers Guild of America West's Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement. The award is given to an international writer who has advanced the language of films and how has made outstanding contributions to screenwriting.
Read more... January 21, 2015
The National Book Critics Circle announced 30 finalists for the best books of 2014. There are 30 finalists in in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry.
Read more... January 20, 2015
David Harsent has won the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Harsent won with his latest book of poetry, Fire Songs (Faber and Faber). Fire Songs is his eleventh poetry collection. This year was Harsent's fifth appearance on the shortlist for the prize.
Read more... January 16, 2015
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there were some surprises and a few snubs. The presentation itself went off smoothly except for one snafu.
Read more... January 15, 2015