CBC: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables manuscript going online

CBC: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables manuscript going online. “Starting in 2022, people will be able to read Anne of Green Gables online thanks to a new digital version of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s original manuscript. The hand-written manuscript will be the centrepiece of a digital exhibition involving the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) and the University of Prince Edward Island’s L.M. Montgomery Institute and the Robertson Library.”

PBS: Writer Milan Kundera donating archive to Czech library

PBS: Writer Milan Kundera donating archive to Czech library. “Milan Kundera, the 91-year-old author of ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ and other acclaimed novels, has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech city where he was born and spent his childhood. The Moravian Library in the city of Brno said Thursday that the entire collection would be transported from Kundera’s apartment in Paris in the fall.”

Neowin: Grammarly expands support for Google Docs, brings premium features and more

Neowin: Grammarly expands support for Google Docs, brings premium features and more. “Grammarly is expanding the features available for users of the Chrome extension on Google Docs, bringing some premium features to the search giant’s online service. The company launched the service in beta form for Google docs back in 2018. Now, the extension is getting new additions such as a dedicated sidebar for suggestions, and premium features that include feedback on ‘clarity, engagement, and delivery’, and more.”

NPR: How To Make A Mini-Zine About Life During The Pandemic

NPR: How To Make A Mini-Zine About Life During The Pandemic. “Check the hashtag #quaranzine on social media and you’ll see thousands of mini books — called zines — that people are making to document their lives in the pandemic. Read the comic to find out how you can make one yourself — including how to fold your zine and what to write about. All you’ll need is a sheet of paper, a pen, 30 minutes and a little creativity.”

Evening Standard: Charles Dickens’s earliest surviving letter and handwritten fragment of Oliver Twist on show as museum goes online

Evening Standard: Charles Dickens’s earliest surviving letter and handwritten fragment of Oliver Twist on show as museum goes online. “A fragment of the original Oliver Twist manuscript and its author’s earliest surviving letter have been added to the Charles Dickens Museum’s brand new online collection. The items are among more than 100,000 to be added to the database, which will allow visitors to inspect aspects of the writer’s home, life and work in close detail.”

Language Magazine: Nahuatl Folktales Translated into English

Language Magazine: Nahuatl Folktales Translated into English. “The Latino Book Review has released a free online archive of English translations of Nahuatl folktales. The stories were translated to English from the native Nahuatl folktales collected by Pablo González Casanova in Cuentos Indígenas, which was published by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Cuentos Indígenas, which was originally published in 1946, features Nahuatl folktales translated into Spanish.”

TechRadar: Forget Google Docs – Microsoft Word’s new re-writing feature is a game-changer

TechRadar: Forget Google Docs – Microsoft Word’s new re-writing feature is a game-changer. “Smart Compose is a tool for Google Docs that predicts which words and phrases you’ll type and offers to finish them off for you. It’s handy, and can be a real time-saver as it ‘learns’ your writing habits, but Microsoft has now gone one better with a feature for Microsoft Word that can re-write whole sentences for you.”

Adam Matthew Digital announces publication of ‘Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive’ (Adam Matthew)

Adam Matthew: Adam Matthew Digital announces publication of ‘Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive’. “Drawn from the holdings of the National Library of Scotland, AM Digital’s latest collection, Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive is an unparalleled resource for scholars and academics interested in the history of the book, literature and nineteenth-century history. From its inception in 1768, the John Murray publishing house worked with influential authors whose famed titles continue to shape literature to this day, including Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Herman Melville and Lord Byron.” If you’re not familiar with Adam Matthew, I’ll let you know it’s not free.

Haslemere Herald: New website offers sneak peak at Jane Austen House’s collection

Haslemere Herald: New website offers sneak peak at Jane Austen House’s collection. “JANE Austen’s House in Chawton has announced a number of newly-acquired objects via its new website, which launched last week. Short videos will also be shared via social media, allowing the public a sneak peek at the new treasures in the house’s collection while its doors are closed during the Covid-19 outbreak.”

UConn Today: Humanities Institute Fellow Examines Archive of School Shootings Fiction

UConn Today: Humanities Institute Fellow Examines Archive of School Shootings Fiction. “Hayley Stefan is a doctoral candidate in English and a Humanities Institute Dissertation Research Fellow who is focusing her research on the growing genre of school shooting fiction. Her dissertation is titled: ‘Writing National Tragedy: Race & Disability in Contemporary U.S. Literature and Culture.’ From her dissertation research, she has established The School Shooting Fiction Archive, which investigates school shooting fiction. The archive currently includes 76 school shooting fiction texts published between 1977 and 2019, with more than half published after the shootings in Sandy Hook in December, 2012. She spoke with UConn Today about her research.”

TechCrunch: Duolingo’s new app teaches children how to read and write

TechCrunch: Duolingo’s new app teaches children how to read and write. “Until now, Duolingo‘s focus was always squarely on teaching languages, but today, the company launched Duolingo ABC, a free English literacy app for children ages 3 to 6. Originally, the company had planned on unveiling this app later in the year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it decided to launch it early to help parents who are now suddenly finding themselves homeschooling their children.”

NaNoWriMo: #StayHomeWriMo

NaNoWriMo: #StayHomeWriMo. “#StayHomeWriMo is an initiative to help your physical, mental, social, and creative well-being. We’ll have seven weekdays of support for you leading up to Camp NaNoWriMo in April, and you can join us regardless of whether you’re planning to write for Camp. Let’s do this (6 feet apart but) together.”

New York Times: Without Places to Gather, Debut Novelists Reimagine Book Promotion

The New York Times: Without Places to Gather, Debut Novelists Reimagine Book Promotion. “For many first-time novelists, years of hard work (and often solitary time) culminate in seeing their book come into the world: going to festivals and bookstores to read sections aloud and connecting with readers face to face, inhabiting with others the worlds they built. But with social distancing guidelines discouraging gatherings of more than 10 people, publishing a debut has changed in ways that authors couldn’t have foreseen just a few weeks ago. We spoke to several debut novelists about their books, their plans to promote their work and their days during this unusual time.”

Phys .org: Crowdsourcing plot lines to help the creative process

Phys .org: Crowdsourcing plot lines to help the creative process. “Creative authors could soon have a new option to help overcome writer’s block, thanks to a system launched by researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. The crowd-powered system, called Heteroglossia, enables writers to elicit story ideas from the online crowd.”

Vox: China has censored the Archive of Our Own, one of the internet’s largest fanfiction websites

Vox: China has censored the Archive of Our Own, one of the internet’s largest fanfiction websites. “The Archive of Our Own (AO3), the Hugo-winning fanfiction website, is the latest casualty of Chinese censorship, amid a continued crackdown in the country on queer content, sexually explicit content, and websites based abroad.”