Roxane Gay’s Response to Ferguson, Claudia Rankine’s Urgent Poetry, and More

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Ferguson library stays open amid unrest; Gabriel García Márquez’s archives go to Texas; Taiwan’s 24-hour bookstores; and other news.

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Cuz He's Black

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Posted 11.25.14

"It's not about whether or not the shooter is racist. It's about how poor black boys are treated as problems well before we are treated as people." Award-winning slam poet Javon Johnson performs a personal and impassioned poem at the 2013 National Poetry Slam semifinals in Boston.

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Anonymous Thanks

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 11.25.14 by Writing Prompter

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, write a poem of thanks. Make it all-encompassing, widely accessible, heartfelt and tender. It could be a proclamation of all the things you are thankful for, or it could be for someone you want to thank. When you’re finished, make copies of your poem and leave one somewhere public, where it is sure to be found. Do not sign the poem, and do not address it to anyone in particular. The poem is for whoever finds and appreciates it.  

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The Inspiring Rebecca Hoogs on Seattle Arts & Lectures

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Posted 11.24.14 by RW Blogger

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of the chapbook, Grenade (GreenTower Press, 2005) and the poetry collection, Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, the Journal, Poetry Northwest, the Florida Review, Cincinnati Review, among others.

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Coffee House Press Founder Allan Kornblum Has Died, How the Strand Still Stands, and More

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Online Only, posted 11.24.14

Neal Cassady’s “lost” letter up for auction; Apple to pay up to $400 million in e-book settlement; Little Free Library’s little spokesperson; and other news.

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All My Puny Sorrows

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Posted 11.24.14

"The humor is just an organic part of the way that I see the world." Miriam Toews talks about the humor in the dark moments of her new novel, published this month by McSweeney's. Based on the suicide of her sister, the book was a finalist for Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize this year.

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Deadline Approaches for InkTears Short Story Competition

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Posted 11.21.14 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are open for the sixth annual InkTears Short Story Prize, given for a short story. The winner will receive £1,000 (approximately $1,500), and his or her story will be e-mailed to the InkTears readership.

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Toni Morrison on the Colbert Report, Scary Stories on the Big Screen, and More

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Online Only, posted 11.21.14

Daniel Handler apologizes for racist remarks; Amazon signs Manhattan lease; a nationwide library fieldtrip; and other news.

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All the Light We Cannot See

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Posted 11.21.14

"I wanted to try to capture the magic of hearing the voice of a stranger on a little device in your home." Anthony Doerr discusses what inspired him to write his new novel, which took him ten years to complete. All the Light We Cannot See, published in May by Scribner, was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction.

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Diane Cook Recommends...

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Posted 11.20.14

"I've led a good life, but I've definitely not led a regretless life. There are plenty of things I stopped myself from doing, people I stopped myself from meeting, things I didn’t let myself say. But I made a promise when I started writing my own fiction: I won't ever stop myself from writing..."

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