Posted on January 22, 2024 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Catch up quick with the bookish news of the past few days ... or take a deeper dive into each story. Your choice!
Colorado has become the latest state to introduce anti-book-ban legislation; Book Riot applauded many aspects of the bill, but noted in particular that it keeps challenged material available during the evaluation process, unlike procedures in other states.
Charles O. Jones, an American political scientist who wrote or edited some eighteen books, has died at the age of ninety-two (The New York Times).
Lev Rubinstein, a Russian poet, essayist, and political dissident who criticized both Soviet leaders and Vladimir Putin, has died at the age of seventy-six (The New York Times).
Rie Kudan has won Japan's biannual Akutagawa Prize, considered the country's most prestigious literary award, for a novel that AI helped her write; she said she "made active use of generative AI" in writing Tokyo-to Dojo-to and that about five percent of the book used AI-generated lines, verbatim (The New Publishing Standard).
Read an excerpt from Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar, a day before it hits shelves; the novel follows newly sober Cyrus Shams, the orphaned son of Iranian immigrants to the US, on a search for a family secret (Electric Literature).
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