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Lit Links for the Work Week

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Zitkala-Sa, unheard of woman writer, recovered! Courtesy of the Prints & Photographs Division.

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. We even had a picture of Zitkala-Sa available online.

In other names-you-haven’t-heard news, it turns out Robert Galbraith’s debut novel was actually penned by none other than J.K. Rowling. What’s in a name? It turns out quite a bit according the book’s sales after the debut.

Speaking of women writers (one of my favorite topics), Emma Straub has written a hopeful, and somehow also heartbreaking, piece for The Millions. Read, read, read.

It’s shaping up to be a restorative Monday. In the same way that Emma Straub uses her writing to tentatively move beyond her grieving, Danielle Ofri at Slate points out the importance of language to the healing process. Check out her piece “Patients Need Poetry”, and the lovely poem by Rafael Campo within.

Finally, the shortlists for the PEN American Center’s 2013 Literary Awards have been released. Happy to see some wonderful names in the lists, including former Poet Laureate Robert Hass!