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Researcher Says He has Found the First True Portrait of William Shakespeare

Botanist and horticulturist Mark Griffiths has announced that he has discovered the first accurate likeness of William Shakespeare, which was drawn during his lifetime.. The story was broken by the UK's Country Life magazine which calls it the literary find of the century. The image that has everyone in such an uproar is found in an engraving on the title page of a rare and valuable 1598 botany book. Read more... May 21, 2015

Kensington Launches Two New Book Imprints

Kensington Publishing Corp. is expanding its Lyrical Press division. In 2014, Kensington purchased the independent ebook publisher to operate as the digital first imprint. At the Romantic Times Book Convention in Dallas this weekend Kensington announced that it is launching two new digital imprints which will be part of Lyrical Press. Read more... May 17, 2015

Cheryl Strayed and Pankaj Mishra Discuss Sexism in the Literary World

Bestselling novelists Cheryl Strayed (Wild) and Indian essayist and award-winning nonfiction author Pankaj Mishra (The Romantics: A Novel) wrote essays for The New York Times Sunday Book Review discussing how domestic themes in fiction are regarded differently depending on the gender of the author. Read more... May 13, 2015



First International Dylan Thomas Day is May 14, 2015

Dylan Thomas fans will be pleased to hear that Literature Wales has declared that May 14, 2015, shall be the first annual Dylan Thomas Day. It's a day to remember the brilliant Welsh writer and poet, and drink a toast in his honor. Read more... May 11, 2015

Scholars Find Treasure Trove of Mark Twain's Early Writing

Mark Twain scholars at the University of California at Berkeley have uncovered a literary treasure trove: the lost early stories of Mark Twain when he worked for the newspaper that is now the San Francisco Chronicle. As a young man, Twain worked in San Francisco and wrote six columns a week which were in letter form. Each day the letter was taken by stagecoach to Nevada to be published in The Territorial Enterprise of Virginia City. Read more... May 7, 2015

Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman Step in as Table Hosts for PEN Gala

Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman, George Packer, Azar Nafisi and Alain Mabanckouand have agreed to step in at the last minute as table hosts at the PEN American Center Gala tomorrow night. They will replace six table hosts who backed out of the event in protest of the Freedom of Expression Courage Award being awarded to the staff of Charlie Hebdo. Read more... May 4, 2015

Crime Novelist Ruth Rendell Dead at 85

Bestselling British crime writer Ruth Rendell has died at the age of 85. Her publisher announced her passing in London. She had suffered a severe stroke in January. Read more... May 3, 2015





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