News Around the Net
Harper Lee comes out of seclusion to thank a reporter for a box of chocolates and talk about ducks. Literary world deems it newsworthy.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize award winner and full-time Hawaii resident (what a jerk) William S. Merwin has been named the new U.S. poet laureate. My application was, evidently, not sufficient. The poet laureate people are apparently not fans of the graphic, but clever Nantucket limerick style.
Attention poetry readers: You are no longer being left out by the Rumpus. They've created a new poetry book club.
The 2010 Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest for the worst sentence has announced this year's hilarious winners!
Saving translated literature. Who's publishing it and what's the only thing we care about in regards to German literature (Nazis, of course!).
The Guardian reminds us that not every good writer you should keep an eye on is under 40. Some writers you might have heard of have stayed culturally relevant well into their fourth decade. I know, I know. It's crazy.
Fellow HFR blogger Zack's and my former tiny state of Rhode Island was this close to having its very own state poem. But hey, at least it was rejected in the form of another poem. Could have been more boring.
Ending on a somber note, Christopher Hitchens was forced to cut his book tour for his acclaimed memoir, Hitch-22, short. He has been diagnosed with cancer.