University of Nebraska-Lincoln: New initiative will make Cather’s manuscripts available online

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: New initiative will make Cather’s manuscripts available online. “Every novel and short story written by Willa Cather went through many iterations — from early penciled drafts by Cather herself to typed drafts edited by her partner, Edith Lewis, to printed proofs before publication — and soon, the Willa Cather Archive at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will make all of these documents available in scanned and digitized form.”

New-to-Me: The Essence Book Project

Spotted via a mention in Fine Books & Collections Magazine: the Essence Book Project. “The Essence Book Project is a computational database of Essence Magazine’s bestsellers’ list for fiction, which was published monthly from 1994-2010 and includes nearly 500 discreet works of fiction, most of which were written by and about Black people.”

Yale News: Digital project supports ‘bibliographic turn’ in Black literary studies

Yale News: Digital project supports ‘bibliographic turn’ in Black literary studies. “Yale’s Jacqueline Goldsby and Meredith McGill of Rutgers University recently received a $1.7 million grant from The Mellon Foundation to support the development of The Black Bibliography Project (BBP), an initiative that aims to revive and transform descriptive bibliography for African American and Black Diaspora literary studies.”

Boston College: Modern Greek literature resource

Boston College: Modern Greek literature resource . “The CENSUS of Modern Greek Literature, which provides references to all English-language translations of modern Greek literature and all modern Greek-related studies in English as far back as the 12th century, was formally unveiled last month at an event featuring remarks from the Consul General of Greece in Boston Stratos Efthymiou. Through CENSUS, researchers will be able to search for free for information and to access texts and original sources directly, where copyright allows.”

Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Decades after his death, Marshall students archive forgotten Huntington writer’s work

Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Decades after his death, Marshall students archive forgotten Huntington writer’s work . “”Students at Marshall University got a chance this semester to embrace Appalachian literature, while also making sure a Huntington writer will not be forgotten again. Michael Martin and Krys Smith, sophomores at Marshall, said they signed up for professor Stefan Schoberlein’s Appalachian literature class this spring expecting to read books and take quizzes, but the professor had other plans in mind after he heard of writer Tom Kromer on NPR.”

WRTV: Center for Black Literature & Culture debuts new website, interactive kiosks

WRTV: Center for Black Literature & Culture debuts new website, interactive kiosks. “The Central Library in Downtown Indianapolis is home to the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), but you don’t have to even be in the State of Indiana to access one of its newest community resources….The CBLC also has a new website, bringing users artifacts, videos, photo galleries and more.”

University of St. Thomas: 13-Year Research Collaboration Explores Untapped Hemingway

University of St. Thomas: 13-Year Research Collaboration Explores Untapped Hemingway. “In the fall of 2009, four University of St. Thomas English students, their professor, and a librarian met in a far corner of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to begin what would become a 13-year collaboration creating an annotated bibliography on the life and art of the most celebrated American author of the 20th century: Ernest Hemingway…. Hundreds of articles, books, blogs and reviews appear annually on Hemingway, and now, they’re searchable across the globe via St. Thomas’ recently launched annotated bibliography on the author.”

Inquirer (Philippines): Internet archive of ‘subversive’ publications launched

Inquirer (Philippines): Internet archive of ‘subversive’ publications launched. “An ‘alliance,’ as they call themselves, of teachers, researchers, and other professionals in the education sector has launched a website archiving progressive publications and documents deemed ‘subversive’ by the military as it conducts an ongoing purge in various school libraries nationwide.”

University of Kansas: Grant Will Give Public Better Access To History Of Black Literature

University of Kansas: Grant Will Give Public Better Access To History Of Black Literature. “It’s the latest extension of [Professor Maryemma] Graham’s [History of Black Writing] project, which she brought with her from the University of Mississippi to Northeastern University and then to KU in 1999. The first stage was to identify and save physical copies of books by Black writers from destruction. The next was to digitize them. And now the organizers are creating tools that will allow both academic researchers and the general public to look at the entire corpus of Black fiction, which HBW has been collecting for nearly 40 years, by using keywords, themes, data visualizations and in other ways that [Drew] Davidson termed ‘metadata.’.”

Booker Prize 2021 shortlist: ‘Absorbing global stories of life and death’ (BBC)

BBC: Booker Prize 2021 shortlist: ‘Absorbing global stories of life and death’. “Novels set in Sri Lanka and South Africa, Cardiff Bay and the outer cosmos are among those to have been nominated for this year’s Booker Prize. The chair of the judges said choosing the six ‘immersive’ books had felt ‘transporting in a year when so many of us have been confined to home’.”

Florida State University: FSU English professor earns prestigious NEH grant to digitize novelist Gloria Naylor’s work and develop literary archival model

Florida State University: FSU English professor earns prestigious NEH grant to digitize novelist Gloria Naylor’s work and develop literary archival model. “A faculty member in Florida State University’s Department of English has received a collaborative research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize the work of award-winning American novelist Gloria Naylor and develop a model for engaging Black women’s literary archives.”

Boise State University: A new research tool for Melville lovers: Melville’s Marginalia Online

Boise State University: A new research tool for Melville lovers: Melville’s Marginalia Online. “Melville’s Marginalia Online is a virtual archive and electronic edition of the handwritten notes and markings in books read by American author Herman Melville. Melville’s Marginalia Online also tracks and documents the discovery of volumes from Melville’s library, which was dispersed after his death in 1891. Scholars and students of literature will be able to gain insights about influences on Melville including the work works of Homer, Shakespeare, and Melville’s friend and fellow writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Children’s and Teens Author Lineup

Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Children’s and Teens Author Lineup. “The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will include an extraordinary lineup of authors for children, teens and kids of all ages – all featured in videos on demand accessible from the start of the festival, which runs Sept. 17-26. Five children’s authors and five teen authors will also participate in live, online Q&A events Sept. 25 and 26.”

Asbarez: Hagop Oshagan’s Work Now Available Online

Asbarez: Hagop Oshagan’s Work Now Available Online. “The entire oeuvre of Hagop Oshagan, one of the giants of Western Armenian Literature, is now online and easily accessible to all, free of charge. The digitized materials can be found on the website of the Digital Library of Classical Armenian Literature (Digilib) of the American University of Armenia. The project was supported by the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.” The Web site is in Armenian, of course, and while Google Translate handled the site navigation okay, it appeared to mangle the Oshagan works. I could make neither heads or tails of the few translated works at which I looked.

Penn State News: New tool could help authors bust writer’s block in novel-length works

Penn State News: New tool could help authors bust writer’s block in novel-length works. “Authors experiencing writer’s block could soon have a new way to help develop the next section of their story. Researchers at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently introduced a new technology that forecasts the future development of an ongoing written story.”