• The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. All the Light We Cannot See won in the fiction category. Apparently dissatisfied with the first three nominees, the board asked for a fourth. A complete list of winners is here. In the Pulitzer’s shadow, the L.A. Times also announced their annual awards.
• Buy a box of Cheerios, get a free children’s ebook.
• An exchange between John Irving and J.P. Donleavy, reproduced from the Spring 1988 Paris Review. Fun.
• The first bookstore dedicated to self-published authors opens in Florida. Let’s hope they sell coffee too; they’ll need the revenue.
• Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people includes two writers. Two.
• We’ve been sharing slam poetry here and there on social media, always arguing, “This is why poetry is still—and eternally—relevant.” The latest takes our breath away.
• 18 literary maps of the United States. Now we’re talking! (say one of us, a former cartographer).
• The number of writing contests is increasing, as is the average entry fee, yet the total prize money is decreasing. Hmm.
• Mark Dawson, another quietly rich, mild-mannered, self-published author.
• Don’t despair: if “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner could do it, so can you. (Well, maybe not, but at least you know you’re not alone.)
• Finally, yes, at six weeks, debut writer, you are nipple deep in a mudpit of despair.
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