Literary Holidays From Around The World

Literary Holidays From Around The World

Book Culture

Most readers are familiar with World Book Day, Library Week, and National Poetry Month, but most aren’t as familiar with lesser known holidays like Jolabokaflod, Burns Supper, or Bloomsday. These literary holidays from around the world keep readers looking forward to book-centric gatherings all year round.   1. Jólabókaflóð – December 24   Image via Read It Forward   With Iceland publishing more books per capita than any other country with 5 titles per every 1,000 Icelanders, it’s no wonder that one of their most anticipated holidays is commonly known as the “Christmas Book Flood.” Kristjan B. Jonasson, President of the …

Junot Díaz Withdraws From Sydney Literary Festival Following Harassment Allegations

Junot Díaz Withdraws From Sydney Literary Festival Following Harassment Allegations

The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao author, Junot Diaz, has pulled out of Sydney’s Writers’ Festival after sexual harassment claims were made against him.    The claims, made by author of What We Lose, Zinzi Clemmons, were brought up on Friday when she stood up during a panel and asked Diaz about an incident six years ago when Diaz allegedly harassed her.    via The Guardian   Following the allegations, Clemmons took to Twitter, saying, “I refuse to be silent anymore,” sparking more and more women to come forward about abuse inflicted on them by Diaz.    As a grad student, …

Booksellers Without Borders’ New Scholarship Is For the Globe-Trotting Booklover

Booksellers Without Borders’ New Scholarship Is For the Globe-Trotting Booklover

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Every year, the book industry gathers at international book fairs the world over. But one essential figure has been largely excluded from these gatherings: the bookseller. Bookselling Without Borders was founded in 2016 via Kickstarter to allow booksellers to attend international book fairs they might not otherwise be able to attend. The scholarships they provide allow American booksellers to meet with publishers, editors, authors, agents, and other professionals in the publishing industry.    The result? Booksellers who are better connected, better informed, more aware of the happenings in the international book market. They’re able to bring a more diverse collection of literature into …

The 7 Best Magazines to Kick-Start Your Writing Career

The 7 Best Magazines to Kick-Start Your Writing Career

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Last Sunday, September 17th, countless authors, publishers, poets, and publications descended upon Brooklyn Heights for the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, featuring stalls, discussion panels, and readings.   Brooklyn Book Festival / Image Via Brownstoner   It can seem overwhelming when you consider (or see with your own eyes) the sheer number of both writers trying to get their start, and of journals and magazines looking for submissions. We want to make it a little easier, so we’ve rounded up some of the best literary journals present at the festival and where you can find them. Even if you’re less about writing …