Why is April the coolest month? Because it’s chock full of literary news and events! (Also, it’s the first month we get to put away the snowblowers.) (Maybe. We hope. Please!)
Did you know April is National Poetry Month? When was the last time you even read a poem? Well, check out the Academy of American Poets’ “30 Ways to Celebrate” to find out what National Poetry Month has to offer and what you can do to keep the poetry and the passion connected. (Apologies to E. M. Forster.)
Yes, April 13th – 19th is National Library Week. YA goddess Judy Blume is the Honorary Chair, and the theme this year is “Lives change @ your library.” Unfortunately, the week is almost over, but there’s still plenty you can do to celebrate, from paying your overdue fines to treating your favorite librarian to a nice cup of coffee (or tea, or half-pound box of Burdick’s Chocolates, whatever).
As if there isn’t enough going on this month, we also have World Book Night on April 23rd. On this one night, 25,000 volunteers give away 20 copies (that’s 500,000 books!) of a specially printed edition of a book they have read and loved to people who may not have access to good books. It’s probably too late for you to get involved this year, but check out the website to see how you can help out next year.
Unless you had your head in the sand, you probably already know that the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this week. Notable winners were Donna Tartt for her novel, The Goldfinch, The Boston Globe for its coverage of the Boston marathon bombings, and The Guardian and The Washington Post for exposing the NSA’s widespread secret surveillance program. Follow the link to see the full list. (Who knows? Maybe you’re on it and no one called you.)
Remember author James Patterson’s pledge to donate $1,000,000 to various indie bookstores? Well the checks have started flowing, and the first round of grantees (including local favorites Porter Square Books and Odyssey Bookshop) have already put the money to good use, paying it forward to their employees, customers and communities.
Boston’s literary collective, Grub Street, is sponsoring Lit Week 2014: 7 days of fun and exciting events culminating in their Muse in the Marketplace conference. From April 26th to May 5th, you can participate in everything from a Harvard Square Literary Walk to readings by such luminaries as Francine Prose and Mona Simpson. Best of all, almost all the events are free!
Any other April literary news we should have included? Let us know.