News: Literary Recap July 26 - Aug. 1, 2012

2012-08-01 22:45:PM ago by nicole.boyce

Irish author Maeve Binchy has passed away at the age of 72. With book sales exceeding 40 million copies, Binchy was best known for her heartfelt depictions of mid-century Irish life.
 
Did you know that literature was an Olympic event until 1948? NPR is putting the sweat back into sonnets with a sports-inspired poetry contest.
 
In an interesting crossover between literature and music, novelist Emma Straub will tour with The Magnetic Fields this fall, opening shows with readings from her debut novel.
 
The University of Calgary's CDWP has named Deborah Willis as its new writer-in-residence. Born in Calgary, Willis garnered great acclaim for her debut novel when it was nominated for a Governor General’s Award.
 
In the wake of multiple controversies surrounding plagarism in his work, Jonah Leher has resigned as a staff writer for The New Yorker.

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