Gabriel García Márquez Released From Hospital, Oxford University Press Offers Free Access for National Library Week, and More

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.9.14

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

After a weeklong hospitalization, Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez has returned to his home in Mexico City. (Guardian)

The BBC examines some new ways in which British libraries are attempting to draw visitors.

Meanwhile, Oxford University Press will offer free access in the United States to online products, including many reference materials, next week for National Library Week. (GalleyCat)

At NPR's Code Switch, poet Kima Jones discusses how her identity as a queer poet of color is integral to her work, and will be leading an audience-based Twitter poetry session today at noon EST. Users can follow along or chime in with the hashtag #CSPoetry. (NPR)

While the Los Angeles Festival of Books doesn’t begin until the weekend, the Los Angeles Times has compiled a list of literary events going on today and tomorrow to appease those who just can’t wait.

The LA Weekly takes a look at poet Stephen Kalinich, whose experimental album A World of Peace Must Come—produced in collaboration with the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in 1969—will be rereleased later this month. 

Joining in the effort to combat gender-based marketing of books to children, the Guardian has begun assembling a photographic list of fictional heroines and their male fans. (Skinny)

Joan Didion reviews Astonish Me, the new novel about the life of a ballet dancer in the 1970s, by Maggie Shipstead. (Electric Literature)

Meanwhile, Elaine Blair reviews Jenny Offill’s new novel, Dept. of Speculation, for the New York Review of Books.


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