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Henry Woolf in the spotlight at Word on the Street

Describing an unconventional childhood in London and a remarkable life in theatre, Henry Woolf’s memoir, Barcelona is in Trouble, is as rewarding as …

Literature

Brontë sisters’ childhood home turned cafe is now for sale

Some original features remain intact<p>Brontëmaniacs rejoice! Not only can you sip tea in the dining room where literary lions Charlotte, Emily, and Anne were <i>b</i><i>orn</i>—you can own it, too. The young Brontë sisters lived at 72-74 Market Street in the U.K. village of Thornton between 1815 and 1820. For many …

Literature

Truman Capote’s Lost Novel Would Have Aired All His Dirtiest Laundry

The only complete copy of Truman Capote’s final novel, <i>Answered Prayers</i>, may be sitting in a locker at the Los Angeles Greyhound Bus Depot.<p>Or, at …

Literature

Vancouver poet Andrew Warner coming to the Nanaimo Bar - Nanaimo News Bulletin

Nanaimo’s 15 Minutes of Infamy spoken-word venue is kicking off its fall season with a performance by Vancouver-based poet Andrew Warner.<p>The slam …

Poetry

Literary And Musical Circles Mix Things Up For Allen Ginsberg In A New Late Night Series

Support the news<p>Get ready to Howl.<p>Emmanuel Music has a new plan for the weekend: Let’s stay up late listening to poetry and music. Kicking off a new …

Poetry

Conviction led to poetry prize

A convicted shoplifter who won an award for poetry has said that it has inspired him to turn his life around.<p>Geoffrey Austin, who is serving a …

Jewish Culture

Harry Dean Stanton (RIP) Reads Poems by Charles Bukowski

<i>Variety</i> is reporting tonight that Harry Dean Stanton has died in Los Angeles, at the age of 91. He's best remembered, of course, for his roles in …

Charles Bukowski

Announcing a Trump Poetry Contest

Shall I compare thee to a Trump?<p>Well, perhaps not. But I would like to invite you to submit entries to a new poetry contest meant to capture the ethos of our times in verse. And if you can make us feel better, or laugh, or think more deeply, so much the better.<p>Why poetry? So many trees have died to …

Poetry

On Finding a Lost Ezra Pound Poem in a Castle

Hast thou 2 loaves of bread<br>Sell one + with the dole<br>Buy straightaway some hyacinths<br>To feed thy soul. —<b>Ezra Pound</b><p>I found this short poem by Ezra Pound as I was researching a book about Pound’s years in Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital. It appears for the first time in my book <i>The Bughouse</i> and in the Fall …

Poetry

Frank Bidart among poets on National Book Awards long list

An anthology covering a half-century of Frank Bidart's poetry and three debut collections were among the National Book Award nominees announced Wednesday.<p>The National Book Foundation released a long list of 10 poetry works, a day after announcing the long list for young people's literature. …

Books

Castro's Kim Shuck To Make Inaugural Address As City’s Poet Laureate

In June, Kim Shuck was named the city’s poet laureate, succeeding Alejandro Murguía as the seventh artist since Lawrence Ferlinghetti was first given …

San Francisco

Belfast's first Poetry Jukebox to be launched next month

An initiative to bring new poetry to Northern Ireland will launch next month as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.<p>Poetry Jukebox will …

Poetry

A Note of Gratitude to Mary Oliver on Her Birthday

Six months ago, at the age of thirty-one, single, and in the middle of a career change, I uprooted my life in a Boston suburb just ten minutes from …

Literature

At home in a world of words

CAMBRIDGE — Frank Bidart used to have friends over, but those days are long gone. He has lived in the same top-floor flat in a Cambridge building for …

Poetry

Paul Auster's 4 3 2 1 makes the Man Booker 2017 shortlist

Read the review by GQ Literary Editor Olivia Cole<p>It's 32 years since the publication of the first instalment of Paul Auster's classic The New York …

Literature

Federico García Lorca was killed on official orders, say 1960s police files

Newly released documents contain first admission by Franco-era officials of their involvement in 1936 death of Spanish poet and playwright<p>Playwright and poet Federico García Lorca was arrested and killed on the orders of rightwing military authorities in Granada, according to newly released …

Poetry

Turtle Island Reads returns: Discover the best in Canadian Indigenous writing

Host Waubgeshig Rice invites 3 new advocates to champion their chosen fiction on Sept. 20 at McGill<p>CBC's Waubgeshig Rice will once again host <b>Turtle</b> …

Books

Punk Poet Eileen Myles on Combating Trump, Capitalism With Art

With a new generation of fans from Twitter and 'Transparent,' the literary legendary is basking in her latest renaissance<p>Eileen Myles is sits at a …

Poetry

54 Cats Riding Out Hurricane Irma in Ernest Hemingway’s Key West Home

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum provides a sanctuary to 54 polydactyl (six-toed) cats. According to the museum, a ship captain once gave Ernest …

Hurricane Irma

Eileen Myles on John Ashbery

John Ashbery died nearly a week ago. He was born in 1927 and he died this year, our year, 2017. He was perfectly ninety. His birthday was July 28th. …

Poetry

Final plaque for city's Poets' Pathway honours former city clerk Lett

A number of dignitaries, including poets laureate George Elliott Clarke, Andrée Lacelle and Jamaal Jackson Rogers, were on hand at a ceremony …

Vancouver North Shore

How guest Hans Christian Anderson destroyed his friendship with Dickens

The Danish writer’s behaviour on an extended visit killed the authors’ friendship, letters show<p>It was not, to say the least, a successful visit. The burgeoning friendship between a pair of literary stars, Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen, had looked set to last. But it could not survive …

Literature

'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats

Ira Lightman is a man on a mission: to root out plagiarism in poetry. And his latest case is the most shameless yet<p>The poet Ira Lightman stared at his laptop screen in disbelief. Could it be true? He was sitting on the sofa in his terrace house in Rowlands Gill, five miles south-west of Newcastle, …

Poetry

A Magnet for All People: Martin Ahvenus's Village Bookstore

<b>Martin Ahvenus</b>’s first big sale was an 18th century French heraldry book, its pages adorned with hand-coloured coats-of-arms. It was the early 1960s …

Books

Our lost Greenwich Village

This is the story of a village lost. A village that, as Pierre Berton wrote in this newspaper in 1962, refused to die for the better part of a …

Greenwich Village

Christopher Lloyd Will Play Poet Ezra Pound in Off-Broadway Reading of Pound

The reading of Sean O’Leary’s drama will be held at the Vineyard Theatre.<p>Triumvirate Artists will present a one-night-only reading of playwright Sean …

Poetry

Who is stealing all the Bukowski and Kerouac novels?

If it were a mystery novel, this would be the plot: Who was stealing some of the 20th century’s most iconic titles from the shelves at Porter Square …

Charles Bukowski

New CBC creative writing challenge invites students to imagine Canada's future in 150 years

The First Page is a brand new creative writing challenge for students in Grades 7 to 12, created by CBC Books.<p>The challenge? We want students to give …

Authors

Toronto's only poetry shop is looking for a new home – and financial support

The Kensington Market café housing Knife Fork Book is closing to make way for a sushi restaurant

Bucket Lists

WWBA seeking to find poet of the year

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is currently seeking nominations for their 2018 Long Island Poet of the Year award.<p>This award is given annually …

Poetry