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National Poetry Month

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April Fools and the beginning of National Poetry Month? Seems like a killer day to us!

[April 1] marks the start of National Poetry Month, the monthlong celebration of the verse inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The April initiative aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of America’s poets, and is among the largest literary celebrations in the world.

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Unbanned Books

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“Tables were piled high with once-banned books as political hopefuls, returning expats and intellectuals gathered to celebrate the unbanning.”

On Monday, Libya celebrated the removal of censorship laws with a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Tripoli. Unbanned books included Arablic translated versions of “The Secret Life of Saddam Hussein,” “The CIA Files of Arab Rulers” and “Sex in the Arab World.”

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“The Phantom Tollbooth” Anniversary

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“Juster was an architect who’d written a book that didn’t fit the mold of children’s books at the time — its puns were too sophisticated, the vocabulary was too difficult, and there was that whiff of political metaphor. What’s more, Juster was told “fantasy was bad for children because it disorients them,” he said.”

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the publication of “The Phantom Tollbooth.” At the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, the book’s author, Norton Juster, and illustrator Jules Feiffer discussed their collaborative process.

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Novelists and NASA

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The publisher Tor/Forge and NASA will collaborate on the creation of “science-based science fiction.” The budding relationship will allow writers to consult scientists about the facts behind their stories.

“GSFC’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office will host a select group of Tor/Forge authors — some of whom already write science based fiction — to learn more about science and space exploration.

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Traffic Reads

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What more appropriate list could possibly come out of LA than books to read during gridlock?

Especially an LA impending traffic crisis? This Friday marks Carmaggedon, which is the kind of catastrophe you know about ahead of time, specifically one in which “all lanes and ramps of the northbound 405 Freeway, along the 10-mile section between Interstate 10 and the 101 Freeway, will be closed.” Here is a list of books that will make time spent in gridlock seem less awful.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Blog is a fun word to say, even if I’m tired of hearing other people say it.

Eggers on Salinger.

Michaelangelo’s poem “When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistene Chapel.” (via)

“Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobbering Time!” Jacket Copy has fun with illustrators’ pictures of their favorite literary figures and characters.

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Staying Alive as a Poet, Artist, Etc.

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“Sometimes it seems as though poets, in particular, move in an endangered artistic world. Think Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Anne Sexton. And, last month, Rachel Wetzsteon, an accomplished poet who took her own life at age 42.”

Jacket Copy last week pondered the unfortunate tendency towards suicide, especially among poets, and why you are not allowed to kill yourself anymore.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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With the year winding down, the book blogs have been ablaze with your typical speculations about the best of this and that.

But perhaps there are less obvious threads out there if we only knew where to look. . .

The New York Times retraces the fictional haunts of Patricia Highsmith, our ‘most Freudian’ of novelists.

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What Happens When Literary Journals Report The News?

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With newspapers folding and cutting corners all around the country, it’s easy to give up entirely on the fourth estate. But now look who’s riding in on their white horse: those writers you newspaper types wouldn’t give jobs to before because they tried to make their articles all “literary.” Take that, 5 W’s.

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Studs Terkel And The FBI

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“In the 1930s, Studs Terkel applied to the FBI to be a fingerprint guy — maybe if he’d gotten the job, we would have had “CSI: Studs Terkel.” But the FBI turned him away and in 1945 began surveillance that would last for more than four decades.”

At Jacket Copy, Carolynn Kellogg reports that the legendary oral historian’s concern for poor people made him a target of the Feds.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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This week, the book blogs are obsessed.

They really, really want to tell you everything about William Vollman and Thomas Pynchon and their new wondrous masterpieces of weird. I love both authors and look forward to reading both books, but this week, the blogs talked so incessantly about them that I will make this roundup a Vollman and Pynchon free zone, with one exception.

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