Fallen Journalist Finds Solace and Success in Poetry
“She is Patricia Smith, Staten Island’s literary sensation, a poet, an English professor and a star on the national stage. Last month, she won the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, awarded by the Library of Congress to luminaries such as James Merrill, Louise Glück and Mark Strand. In April, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry.”
Also in the News
- Out of the 111 writers who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, only thirteen are women. This infographic depicts the female Nobel Prize–winners, along with their “best novels and poems and words of wisdom.” – GalleyCat
- The Hottest (and Coldest) Book Categories of 2014 – “Graphic novels was one of only two adult fiction categories that had an increase in print unit sales last year, with westerns the second. Sales of print fiction titles were hurt more than adult nonfiction was by the growth in e-book sales.” – Publishers Weekly
- REVIEW – These 13 ‘Almost Famous Women’ Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them – “Megan Mayhew Bergman’s stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.” – NPR
I hope you’re enjoying these brief summaries of the day’s book news. Yes, I know, they’re sort of random.