Lit Links for the Work Week

The Bank of England announced last week that beginning in 2017 Jane Austen will replace Charles Darwin on the 10-pound note. The Times asks the question: which American authors would you choose to grace the dollar bill? You might want to start with a perusal of the Library’s Books That Shaped America beforehand. Wouldn’t want to make any rash decisions.

You may have heard about the documentary Plimpton! based on the life of Paris Review editor George Plimpton, but did you know that Little, Brown has scheduled seven of his books to be republished in 2015? Galleycat has the scoop here, but you could always check out Paper Lion and Mad Ducks and Bears (before you see the documentary) at the Library. That is only if you promise not to judge them by their same old covers.

Speaking of the many things you can find in the Library, the New Yorker Page Turner’s This Week in Fiction is about author Shirley Jackson, whose son recounts the story of rediscovering his mother’s work at the Library of Congress, where it was sent by her husband upon her death. If you’re curious about the Manuscript Division’s collection of Shirley Jackson’s work, here’s a start.

Finally, we should always start the week with a little poetry. The Poetry Foundation is featuring an interview with office favorite Maurice Manning. He’s been at the Library a number of times, and most recently he read as part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s Literary Birthday Celebration: Robert Penn Warren event. Here he is representing Kentucky in 2008!

Old Software, New Apps . . . and Shakespeare!

The following is a guest post written by Jessica Edington, a summer intern at the Library of Congress. In my summer internship in the Library’s Humanities and Social Services Division I’ve worked with “old media,” or soon-to-be old media. One of my projects is helping sort and catalogue the pre-1998 software in the Machine Readable […]

Lit Links for the Work Week

Last Saturday was Cormac McCarthy’s birthday, and BookRiot celebrated with “A Beginner’s Guide to Cormac McCarthy.” We don’t have all the YouTube videos, but the Library does have quite a stash on Mr. McCarthy. You can come listen to Cormac read from The Crossing or just follow the links to the sample text here for […]

Why I Love Our District of Literature

The following is a guest post by staffer and blogger Caitlin Rizzo, who is on vacation this week. My family has a long history in Washington, D.C. My maternal grandmother and grandfather spent their early years as a family in Anacostia; my paternal grandfather was an Emmy-winning TV news editor for the local Fox 5 […]

Lit Links for the Work Week

Salon has published a list of Six Most Influential Women Writers You’ve Never Heard Of. You may have a hard time tracking down these ladies in a books store (true to advertisement, I had never read any of their works), but a quick perusal through our catalog showed that they live on in our collections. […]

Lit Links for the Work Week

According to the Smithsonian’s “Surprising Science” blog, a life of reading and writing can help you stave off mental decline as you age. This is fantastic news for us at the Poetry and Literature Center, or was until we read the part about reaching peak mental agility at 22. On the plus side, our non-peak […]

Always a Laureate

For this 4th of July post, I would like to begin by saluting former Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Since the beginning of June Billy has served as the summer host for Garrison Keillor’s daily radio feature The Writer’s Almanac. Billy’s project as Laureate, “Poetry 180,” was a huge success, and we still get calls and […]

Lit Links for the Work Week

Last Friday, Julio Cortazar’s groundbreaking novel Hopscotch turned 50. For a slightly late Monday morning celebration, Cortazar fans should head to the Los Angeles Review of Books to read Ted Gioia’s essay “How to Win at Hopscotch.” Of course, if you’ve only read Cortazar’s short story collection you received for Christmas two years ago, you […]