July 1, 2014

Noviolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo

The New York Times on a “new wave” of African writers that includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dinaw Mengestu, Helen Oyeyemi, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, and Taiye Selasi. “Some writers and critics scoff at the idea of lumping together diverse writers with ties to a diverse continent. But others say that this wave represents something new in its sheer size, after a long fallow period.”

Now a decade old, the online literary magazine Guernica, which has so far relied on unpaid contributors, is hiring a new publisher, Lisa Lucas, and making plans to expand into print.

Novelist and onetime Magnetic Fields cohort Daniel Handler—aka Lemony Snicket—will host the 2014 National Book Awards ceremony.

The Carnegie Medals have been awarded to Donna Tartt and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

According to Poynter, the AP plans to begin using “automation technology”—read: robots—to write stories about earnings reports.

Email newsletters aren’t dead, says the Times. (And the paper of record is on it once again.)

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