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Mon, February 13th, 2012
Okri v. Robertson, Rounds 1 & 2
Posted by: Keir Graff

Always eager for a good literary dust-up, I read with interest the news that Booker Prize winner Ben Okri had responded to comments made last month by his editor, Robin Robertson. In Sameer Rahim’s January 23 Telegraph article, “The Mystery of Poetry Editing: From T. S. Eliot to John Burnside,” Robertson, a Scotsman, claimed (or “confessed”) that he had […]

Thu, February 9th, 2012
Oh, Canada! ChiZine Signs Distribution Deal
Posted by: Keir Graff

When I first heard of the indie publisher ChiZine, I was certain they were Chicago-based—and assumed they had started life as a ‘zine. And yet I never ran into any ChiZine folks in my Chicago perambulations. Then, at a recent conference, I was introduced to the very nice folks behind the imprint and learned they were […]

Mon, January 30th, 2012
Book It: World Book Night
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last year, the first-ever World Book Night was held in the UK and Ireland—not quite “the world” but, here at Likely Stories, we certainly applaud the lofty ambition. The stated goal was to give away one million books to “light or non-readers” and, by most accounts, the night was a resounding success. This year, WBN will add two more countries to its efforts at […]

Wed, January 11th, 2012
Good Prize for Bad Review
Posted by: Keir Graff

As reported by Jill Lawless (Lucy, your long-lost sister is a reporter!) in the Associated Press, the brand-new Hatchet Job of the Year Award will celebrate “the angriest, funniest, most trenchant” book review of 2011. The winner will receive a year’s supply of something called potted shrimp (courtesy of the Fish Society)—so you know the […]

Mon, December 5th, 2011
The Poetry of Medicine
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The connection between medicine and literature is a long and noble one, including the works of Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, to name the two most readily cited. Women and men become doctors because they want to help and heal others, which are acts of compassion, and compassion is born of the imagination. To feel […]

Fri, October 7th, 2011
Depp as Seuss?
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Following his film role as Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Johnny Depp (or, rather, his production company) has just announced that he’s planning a biopic about Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), with the strong possibility that he will star as the Cat in the Hat’s creator. Is the children’s book author biopic […]

Wed, September 21st, 2011
Poet Kay Ryan officially a “genius.”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Although Booklist has enthusiastically reviewed books by the newly designated MacArthur “genius” long form journalist Peter Hessler, most recently, Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory, this year’s MacArthur Fellows include only one instantly recognizable literary name, that of poet Kay Ryan, a former poet laureate. I’ll never forget the first time I […]

Fri, September 9th, 2011
Ripple Effects: 9/11
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The media is covering the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with feverish intensity, making the most of first-person accounts, newly released audiotape, and miles of video footage. These stories rekindle the visceral horror and abiding grief of the attacks, but provide only fleeting opportunities for reflection. Books are designed for deeper immersion and quiet thinking. In […]

Wed, April 20th, 2011
Slippery Anniversary
Posted by: Donna Seaman

It’s been a year–a very, very rough year in many, many ways, since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men, injured 17 others, and resulted in millions of gallons of oil geysering into the sea over the course of a 3-month tragicomedy of corporate error and outrages. We’ve […]

Thu, March 17th, 2011
Steven Kroll, R.I.P.
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

Steven Kroll has died (“Steven Kroll, an Author of Children’s Books, Dies at 69,” by Dennis Hevesi, New York Times). From history to Hanukkah, Kroll wrote about it all. The author of 96 (96!) books for children, he started his career at Chatto and Windus publishing house in London and moved to Holt, Rinehart and Winston […]

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