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  • Book calendar events for the week of March 13, 2011

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  • Literary journalism finds new platforms

    Literary journalism finds new platforms
    When National Book Award-winning novelist William T. Vollmann went to Japan this spring to report on the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant from inside the contamination zone, he did what any journalist would do. He bought a dosimeter to chart the...

    Enlisting novelists to rewrite Shakespeare: A losing proposition?

    Enlisting novelists to rewrite Shakespeare: A losing proposition?
    Shakespeare’s plays will become contemporary novels, as the transatlantic Hogarth Press, an imprint of Random House, has announced it is commissioning prominent writers to adapt the Elizabethan plays.¬† So far, the Guardian reports, Anne Tyler...

    The Millions looks at the year ahead in books

    The Millions looks at the year ahead in books
    The year 2014 is a banner one for big readers. That's according to the readers at the Millions, whose editors have compiled a list of the books they're looking forward to -- 89 titles in all. Think about that for a moment: 89 titles. I bet you didn't...

    Why are writers being curbed by NSA surveillance?

    PEN American Center’s report “Chilling Effects,” officially released Tuesday morning, offers some disturbing data about the effect of government surveillance on free expression and self-censorship in the literary world. Of more than...