Zadie Smith on Optimism and Despair, Bookbinding to Relieve Stress, and More

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Online Only, posted 12.9.16

Guardian to form partnership with Vice; on Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, and the Nobel Prize; Terry McDonnell on his new memoir; and other news. 

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Jennifer S. Cheng Recommends...

Writers Recommend

Posted 12.8.16

“I think of visual artifacts as prompts and as talismans. My book, House A, is a hybrid book—the third section consists of image-text poems..."

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Ann Patchett’s Bookstore Guide, Rebecca Solnit’s Political Manifesto, and More

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Gabriel García Márquez; a poet examines U.S. government apologies to Native Americans over the past two centuries; and more.

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Pre-Existing Commitments

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 12.8.16 by Writing Prompter

In a letter to the Swedish Academy, Bob Dylan explained that he would not be attending this weekend’s Nobel ceremony and banquet to accept the Nobel Prize in Literature because of “pre-existing commitments.” Think of a time you have been unable—or unwilling—to appear at an important event.

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University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center and Environmental Humanities Program

Jobs For Writers

Posted 12.7.16

Annie Clark Tanner Fellowship in Environmental Humanities
12/09/2016 - 01/06/2017

This fellowship at the University of Utah seeks an environmental writer to offer classes in Utah’s Environmental Humanities Graduate Program.

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Kia Corthron Wins First Novel Prize

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Posted 12.7.16 by Prize Reporter

At a ceremony last night in New York City, the Center for Fiction announced Kia Corthron as the winner of the 2016 First Novel Prize. Corthron, who will receive $10,000, won the prize for her debut novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press). The annual award is given for a debut novel published in the previous year.

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BookCourt to Close After Thirty-Five Years, NPR’s Book Concierge, and More

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Fiction writers Mat Johnson and Samuel Sattin on writing comics and novels; Artists struggle to create in Trump’s America; new literary, feminist, and political magazine seeks funding; and other news.

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A Picture Is Worth...

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 12.7.16 by Writing Prompter

Browse through the winning photographs of this year’s National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest, and select the one that most readily captures your imagination. Write a one-thousand-word piece of flash fiction inspired by this photo, and by the ways in which it both presents the natural world and offers insight, comparison, and reflection of humanity’s place within it.

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Submissions Open for Hazel Rowley Prize for Biographers

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Posted 12.6.16 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are now open for the Biographers International Organization (BIO) Hazel Rowley Prize, given annually for a proposal by a first-time biographer. The winner receives $2,000, a detailed manuscript reading by an established agent, a yearlong membership in BIO, and publicity through the organization’s website and newsletter, Biographers Craft.

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Matthew Zapruder's Call to Action, Hotels for Book Lovers, and More

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Online Only, posted 12.6.16

Creative nonfiction writer Janice Lee on her new essay collection; Kafka’s sexual phobias were actually pretty normal; Bob Dylan’s Nobel speech to be read on his behalf; and other news. 

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