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The Legacies of João Ubaldo Ribeiro and Ariano Suassuna

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following is a guest post by Catalina Gómez, program coordinator in the Library of Congress Hispanic Division. Last month, Brazil lost two of its most beloved literary figures: author and journalist João Ubaldo Ribeiro, 73, and playwright and author Ariano Suassuna, 87–two writers who not only published literature of paramount importance, but who were …

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Celebrating Tove Jansson

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Taru Rauha Spiegel, reference specialist in the Library of Congress European Division. August 9th marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, one of the world’s best-known children’s authors. Although Jansson does not have the same following in the United States as she does in Europe …

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State Poet Laureate Controversies: From North Carolina to California

Posted by: Peter Armenti

By now readers of this blog are probably well aware of the swift rise and fast fall of erstwhile North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon. Macon was appointed North Carolina Poet Laureate by Governor Pat McCrory on July 11. The selection immediately drew criticism from North Carolina’s literary community, and soon afterwards by other state …

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State Poets Update – New NC Poet Laureate

Posted by: Peter Armenti

Shortly after I published Friday’s post on recent state poet laureate happenings I received an email alert that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory had just appointed Valerie Macon the new N.C. poet laureate. So much for my timing! Macon succeeds Joseph Bathanti in the two-year position and is the state’s eighth poet laureate. Several media …

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State Poets Laureate Update

Posted by: Peter Armenti

Since my last post on state poets laureate there have been only two significant state poet developments. First, on June 27 Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Ron Smith, Writer-in-Residence at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, the poet laureate of Virginia. Smith succeeds Sofia Starnes in the post, and is Virginia’s 18th poet laureate. Second, Florida …

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Summer Reads for Children and Young Adults

Posted by: Peter Armenti

Each year as summer approaches the Library sees an increase in questions from parents and librarians about whether we make available recommended reading lists for children. The answer, I’m please to tell you, is Yes! Our Center for the Book, through its Read.gov literacy website, includes several excellent New Worlds Booklists that provide “a sampling …

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The Places that Connect Us

Posted by: Robert Casper

The following is a guest post by Matt Blakley, programs support assistant at the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center. If you told me when I first fell in love with poetry that one day I’d work at the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, there’s no way I would’ve believed you. I probably still wouldn’t believe …

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Hooray to Our New Poet Laureate!

Posted by: Robert Casper

We at the Poetry and Literature Center are thrilled the Librarian has selected Charles Wright to be the twentieth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. And we’re not the only ones—the media response has been impressive. Peter Armenti has put together a terrific web guide for Mr. Wright, and he’s adding …