News: Literary Recap August 2 - 7, 2012

2012-08-08 23:09:PM ago by nicole.boyce

In prize news, Margaret Atwood will offer a new online poetry prize through the social media site Wattpad. CBC Books, in keeping with the Olympic spirit, has a literary triathlon for writers of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.
 
Is there an epidemic of niceness in literary criticism? Jacob Silverman investigates the effect of social media on writer-reviewer relationships.
 
U of C has introduced a Common Reading Program for first year students. Each freshman at the university will receive a copy of Clem and Olivier Martini’s Bitter Medicine.
 
Future Flywheel participants might be interested in Leigh Stein’s tips for giving a successful public reading. The August Flywheel will take place this Thursday at Pages Books on Kensington.
 
Celebrated writer Gore Vidal passed away last week at the age of 86. The New York Times takes a look back at Vidal’s life and work.

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