The Quest For Walt Whitman’s Lost Books

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman’s works have been analyzed by scholars since his passing in 1892 and University of Idaho American literature assistant professor Zachery Turpin is digging through archives and manuscripts in search of Whitman’s “lost” works. Turpin joins us to talk about his quest for literature’s “National Treasure.”

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Moline mom and daughter partner on new books


Twelve-year old Lucy Lareau already is a published author, partnering with her mother Liz on a planned 10-book graphic novel series – the “Geeky F@b 5” – to inspire tween girls to raise their voices and make a difference.

Their first – “It’s Not Rocket Science,” to be released July 31 by New York-based Papercutz – premiered in New Orleans last month at the American Booksellers Association Children’s Institute. And on that conference’s heels in the same city, the Laureau ladies served on a girl-power graphic novel panel at the American Library Association’s annual conference and exhibition, June 21-26.

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10 innovations in children’s books that kids care about

We ran some data on our 30,000 reviews recently and there were some shocking results.

Actually, I’m kidding; there was absolutely nothing shocking. At least, not for anyone familiar with the industry. 90% of our adult reviewers are female (I love how, when I’m presenting this data to publishers, it’s often to a room where the audience is 100% female). And rather reassuringly, 20% of our readers had chosen to read that book because of its cover. Its cover. Not some fancy gizmo. Not because of the format. The good old fashioned, been around for hundreds of years, cover.


And yet, as an industry, there always seems to be a drive to innovate. That we’re continually waiting for the death of the book as we know it, and some exciting new thing, which is going to blow everything out of the water.

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Royal Society of Literature admits 40 new fellows to address historical biases

Nearly 200 years after it was founded, the venerable Royal Society of Literature is stepping away from its “overwhelmingly white, male, metropolitan and middle class” history, with the appointment of 40 new writing fellows under the age of 40, ranging from the award-winning Jamaican poet Kei Miller to the bestselling English novelist Sarah Perry.

The RSL’s 40 Under 40 initiative saw publishers, literary agents, theatres and author organisations put forward an array of names to a panel of RSL fellows, who were looking to honour “the achievements of Britain’s younger writers” with the selection of a new generation of fellows. Prior to the initiative, only three of the 523 fellows were under 40, with none under 30 and the average age being 70.

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