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.”

Pandemic fiction: Fall books include stories of the virus (WRAL)

WRAL: Pandemic fiction: Fall books include stories of the virus . “From wars to plagues to the Sept. 11 attacks, the literary response to historic tragedies has been a process of absorbing trauma — often beginning with poetry and nonfiction and, after months or years, expanding to narrative fiction. The pandemic has now lasted into a second fall season for publishing, and a growing number of authors, among them Picoult, Louise Erdrich, Gary Shteyngart and Hilma Wolitzer, have worked it into their latest books.”

Aleteia: Take a trip through hell, purgatory and heaven with 100 Days of Dante

Aleteia: Take a trip through hell, purgatory and heaven with 100 Days of Dante. “100 Days of Dante is a new website through which modern seekers and pilgrims can follow the great epic poem with free video presentations three times a week. The journey begins on September 14, the date of Dante’s death in 1321, and concludes on Easter 2022. The three books of the Divine Comedy, known in Italian as Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, are divided into 33 chapters known as cantos. Each video will present one canto, with commentary on it from leading experts in Dante studies.”

The Mayor (EU): Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature

The Mayor (EU): Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature . “More specifically, a digital collection of 95 titles will be made available on Friday 9 July via the Ellibs platform. The audio and e-books will be available in both Finnish and Swedish. What is more, the collection has been carefully selected by library professionals specialising in children and young people’s literature.”

The Guardian: UK libraries and museums unite to save ‘astonishing’ lost library from private buyers

The Guardian: UK libraries and museums unite to save ‘astonishing’ lost library from private buyers. “From the British Library to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, a consortium of libraries and museums have come together in an ‘unprecedented’ effort to raise £15m and save an ‘astonishingly important’ set of literary manuscripts for the nation.”

Smithsonian Magazine: A Dictionary of Science Fiction Runs From Afrofuturism to Zero-G

Smithsonian Magazine: A Dictionary of Science Fiction Runs From Afrofuturism to Zero-G. “In the summer of 1987, movie audiences first met Robocop in the science fiction classic about violence and corrupt corporate power in a future, dystopian Detroit. But the title word is much older than that, going back at least to a 1957 short story by writer Harlan Ellison, in which a tentacled “robocop” pursues a character. The prefix ‘robo-,’ in turn, dates at least to 1945, when Astounding Science Fiction published a story by A.E. van Vogt mentioning ‘roboplanes’ flying through the sky…. This is the kind of rabbit hole a reader can go down in the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction, a resource decades in the making that is now available to the public in an accessible form. Lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower started the project years ago, when he was an editor at the Oxford English Dictionary.

Game Jam Winner Spotlight: Rhythm Action Gatsby (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Game Jam Winner Spotlight: Rhythm Action Gatsby. “From the name alone, you can probably guess what the game is: rhythm action games are a popular genre, and hey, why not make one for The Great Gatsby? The premise is presented as a joke, with the designer describing it as ‘the way F. Scott Fitzgerald would have wanted his legacy to be maintained’ — but the game doesn’t just lean on this one bit of amusing silliness, nor does it cut any corners in fulfilling its promise. Rather, it’s full of handcrafted original material.”