Kim Jong Un's Dotard Insult Sends Americans Scrambling for Dictionaries

  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un called U.S. President Donald Trump a "dotard" in his latest threat. The word quickly began trending on social media. The use of the word by the North Korean dictator had many consulting their dictionaries - or favorite dictionary website - to look up the word. Read more... September 21, 2017

  • Jorie Graham Wins the 2017 Wallace Stevens Award

  • Jorie Graham has won the 2017 Wallace Stevens Award. The annual award carries a stipend of $100,000. It was established in 1994. It is one of the American Poets Prizes awarded by the Academy of American Poets. Read more... September 2, 2017

  • Boston Poets Launch City of Notions, Boston's First Anthology of Poetry

  • Boston poets collaborated on Boston's first anthology of poetry. The poetry collection is called "City of Notions." The name comes from a 19th century nickname for Boston. The poets assembled in the McKim Courtyard of the Boston Public Library to read their poems. The anthology was edited by Boston poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges. Read more... July 29, 2017

  • John Grisham Shares Writing Tips and Talks Plotting

  • John Grisham is back with a new novel called Camino Island. Grisham will be going on a book tour for the new novel. It will be his first tour in 25 years. Grisham says his new novel is not a legal thriller. He calls it a "mystery without lawyers." It involves the theft of valuable original F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from a vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Read more... June 7, 2017

  • Frederick Douglass Statue Unveiled at Hillsdale College

  • Hillsdale College has unveiled a statue of Frederick Douglass. The statue is the eighth figure on the College's Liberty Walk. The African-American abolitionist, author and orator delivered his famous address "Popular Error and Unpopular Truth" at Hillsdale over 150 years ago. His 7-foot-8-inch bronze statue now stands permanently on the campus. Read more... May 29, 2017

  • President Obama Will Have First All Digital Presidential Library in Chicago

    Former president Barack Obama has unveiled the plans for his presidential library in Chicago. The library will be the first all-digital presidential library. All of the unclassified documents that would normally be stored at a presidential library will be digitized and made available for viewing. Read more... May 8, 2017

    Writers Reach Deal With Studios, Writers Strike Averted

    It went down to the wire, but the writers' strike was averted this week. The L.A. Times reports that this time major studio heads got involved by joining a conference call last weekend and indicating a willingness to pay writers more and address the issues of declining pay and health benefits during the Golden Age of Television. Read more... May 7, 2017

    Negotiations Continue as Writers' Strike Looms

    In a conference call with analysts this morning NBCUniversal head Steve Burke addressed the looming writers' strike. Deadline reports that Burke was upbeat in his assessment of the negotiating situation, telling analysts, "Strikes aren’t good for anybody. I'm hopeful we’ll get it done." But many think that Burke is being overly optimistic. Read more... April 27, 2017

    Archaeologists Discover Possible Jules Verne Time Capsule

    Archaeologists and historians from Paris Descartes University and The Explorers Club NYC say they have discovered a metal container that may contain unpublished documents belonging to author Jules Verne. Verne is known for his 19th century science fiction novels, which include Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Read more... April 13, 2017

    Trump's Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch Faces Plagiarism Accusations

  • Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch wrote a book in 2006 called The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. It was published in the New Forum Books series by the Princeton University Press. Gorsuch is now facing accusations that he plagiarized portions of his book. Read more... April 5, 2017

  • Colum McCann Discusses His New Writing Book With PBS NewsHour

    Novelist Colum McCann is the author of Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, This Side of Brightness, Songdogs and other bestsellers. His awards include the National Book Award and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. McCann also teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He has a new book out called Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice. Read more... April 5, 2017

    Dying Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Writes Essay: 'You May Want to Marry My Husband'

    After discovering she has terminal ovarian cancer, bestselling children's book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote a heartbreaking essay for The New York Times called "You May Want to Marry My Husband." Ms. Rosenthal is determined use the little time she has left to open the door for her husband to find love again. Read more... March 3, 2017

    White House Bans CNN, LA Times, NY Times and Politico From Press Conference

  • Journalists were shocked this morning when CNN, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, Politico and the BBC were banned from a White House news conference. No reason was given for the ban, which also included Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. The conference was held in Sean Spicer's office in the West Wing. News outlets that were allowed to attend the gaggle included extremely conservative outlets such as Breitbart, The Washington Times and One American News Network. Read more... February 24, 2017

  • Salman Rushdie is Writing Novel With Trump-Like Villain

    Salman Rushdie is working on a new novel for Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape, which will be published in September, 2017. The novel, called The Golden House, is a thriller which set in the current day. From the description of the novel, it seems clear that the satiric novel will take aim directly at President Trump. Read more... February 10, 2017

    Javaka Steptoe Wins 2017 Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Javaka Steptoe has won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown). The picture book, which he wrote and illustrated, is a vibrant biography of street artist Basquiat. The book also is the winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Read more... February 2, 2017

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