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Published July 29, 2014
 
Created by the artists of Dorothy, The Book Map is an artistic rendition of a street map made up from the titles of over 600 books from the history of English Literature. The Map includes classics such as Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Bleak House, Vanity Fair and Wuthering Heights as well as 20th and 21st Century works such as The Waste Land, To the Lighthouse, Animal Farm, Slaughterhouse 5, The Catcher in the Rye, The Wasp Factory, Norwegian Wood and The Road.

The Map, which is loosely based on a turn of the century London street map also includes fictional areas dedicated to the works of Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, Tolkien, Harry Potter and a children's literature district featuring such classics as The Railway Children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Where the Wild Things Are. There's an A-Z key at the base of the Map listing all the books featured along with the author's name and the date first published.
Published July 30, 2014
No kidding. New Balance has announced a line of shoes called the "Authors Collection," with color schemes inspired by American novelists and their works. Reminiscent of old hardback book covers, the styles are "earthy" in their color schemes. Almost more fun than the shoes is reading the comments on this new line from Twitter feeds:

JamesAllder: "I guess these shoes are designed for writers. On behalf of all writers, may I just say that we write in our socks. Thanks for thinking of us, though."

aarontpratt: "Nothing quite says 'I'm a casual yet cultured 30- or 40-something male' like these. Reading Hemingway while grilling steaks, etc."

JenHoward "Kickin' it with Papa." & "This is why we need English majors!"
Published July 31, 2014
Ploughshares, based at Emerson College, is excited to announce the winners of the 2014 Emerging Writer’s Contest. The contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. One writer in each genre receives $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2014 issue of Ploughshares. This year’s winners were Rosalie Moffett for her poems “Why Is It The More?,” “To Leave Through a Wall,” and “Hurricane 1989”; Elise Colette Goldbach for her nonfiction piece “In Memory of the Living”; and Tomiko Breland for her fiction piece “Rosalee Carrasco.”
Published August 01, 2014
The colors of this cover of Able Muse are absolutely brilliant and eye-catching. Look closer and you'll see that she is rising out of lava and fire. The image is called "Element Fire" by Catherine Langwagen.

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Apalachee Review's current cover features the artwork of Susan Stelzmann, Occupy My House. A detail from her Blow Your House Down is featured as the frontispiece.

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The Lindenwood Review's latest cover features the feet of a doll, just disappearing off the top of the page. The viewer is left to guess what's going on in the scene. And, in fact, Eve Jones has more of these photographs throughout the issue, all giving a unique view.
Published August 04, 2014
The latest issue of The Malahat Review features the winner of the Novella Prize, Dora Dueck with "Mask." Here's a snippet from the beginning:

     I was fourteen before I saw my father's face. The ruins, I mean, the face behind the mask. Holes instead of a cheekbone to cheekbone, though the tip had been spared and stood there by itself, pale and hideous, as if too stubborn or stupid to quit when abandoned. Nostrils like tiny arches. And where his right eye should have been, he had a crater too.
     I'd needed pins for my hair. I'd hurried into Mum's room, hurried out again, and his door had slipped ajar. The morning sun, which he got through his east-facing window, was escaping in a strong white shaft like a barrier thrown up in the dim grey corridor. He was framed by it, and he was humming. For the one you love so well, Dolly Gray, in the midst of battle fell, Dolly Gray...
     It must have been the humming that confused me. That made me stop. Dad didn't hum or sing; this was Mum's department. She sang while preparing our breakfast and supper, and it was usually a hymn she warbled through until she had the biscuits in a pan, the eggs boiled, the cabbage or asparagus steamed. But sometimes she sang "Goodbye, Dolly Gray," her favourite song from the days of the War, because her name was Dolly...
Published August 04, 2014
The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, and college librarians. Administered by the American Library Association, with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times Company, the program seeks nominations that describe how a librarian is improving the lives of people in a school, campus, or community.

Up to ten winners will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by the New York Times.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master's degree from an ALA-accredited program in library and information studies or a master's degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must currently be working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or at an accredited K-12 school.

Nominators of public librarians must be public library users. Nominators of librarians in college, community college, or university libraries must be users of those libraries (e.g., students, faculty, or staff members). Nominators of school library media specialists must be library users (e.g., students, teachers, school administrators or staff members, or parents or caregivers of children at schools where the school library media specialist works).

Nominations will run through September 12, 2014.
Published July 08, 2014
Howl is a unique publication in that is is staffed entirely by high school students, but open to submissions. Howl publishes book reviews, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art online as well as producing an inaugural print publication. Cool, too, Howl offered a screening of the film Big Fish directed by Tim Burton, followed by a Skype talk with the book's author, Daniel Wallace.

Howl has established quite a name for itself this past year as the students interviewed 10 Pulitzer Prize winning authors and other award winning writers, among them, Maya Angelou. The interview with Angelou took place on February 26, 2014, which Dylan Emerick-Brown, English teacher and faculty adviser for the student-run literary arts magazine says is the last known recorded interview of the author before her passing in May of this year. The recording has been accepted for archive by the Library of Congress.

Angelou closed her comments to the interview with this: "Poetry, when it is done right, can be of use to anybody . . . But good poetry belongs to everybody all the time. And to the young men and women in Mr. Brown’s class, continue...continue to read and to write. Continue, my dears, to read and to write, and read aloud."
Published July 09, 2014
Awesome Tapes from Africa is exactly as it proclaims. Ethnomusicologist and DJ Brian Shimkovitz curates this collection of hundreds of cassette tape recordings from various regions of Africa dating back to the 70s. Shimkovitz recently contributed a mix-tape of popular 50s Egyptian music for New Directions Books in celebration of the US release of Stealth by Sonallah Ibrahim, Egyptian activist and novelist.

Motion collage artist and poet Nathaniel Whitcomb had already created a mini-animated trailer to celebrate the book: "Inspired by vintage View Masters, Whitcomb flips through photos taken by Don Church of 1950s Cairo to let the viewer 'peek in with care' to Ibrahim's childhood world. Accompanying the animation is music by the great 20th century Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum."

New Directions also interviewed Shimovitz about his work with Awesome Tapes from Africa, his creation of a mix tape ins
pired by Stealth, and the future new label created for ATFA.
Published July 09, 2014
"The International Dialects of English Archive [IDEA] was created in 1997 as the first online archive of primary-source recordings of English dialects and accents as heard around the world." Founded by Paul Meier, IDEA was originally started as a way to help actors practice character speech, but has become popular for any number of other uses. Dialects can be selected from a global mapping image or from drop-down menus. Each recording provides background information of each speaker - age, place of birth, date of birth, occupation, ethnicity, level of education - as the information is available. IDEA accepts submissions; full guidelines are available on the site.

IDEA also has a Special Collections section which includes General American ("Comma Gets a Cure" recordings), Holocaust Survivors, Native Americans, Oral Histories (native speakers talking about the places they live), Phonetic Transcriptions, Play Names & Terms (sound files of native speakers pronouncing place names, people names, and idioms from well-known plays often produced in the theatre), Received Pronunciation ("Comma Gets a Cure" recordings from British speech professionals), and Speech and Voice Disorders (a short essay by Joanna Cazden discussing the use of disability speech characteristics in oral productions).
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