Greatest books of time, the poet laureate, and more

June 12, 2015

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed the poet laureate of the United States this week. Herrera is the first Latino poet to receive this honor. Herrera also served as California’s poet laureate from 2012 to 2014.

In this article from the New York Times Magazine, the author challenges whether translation can be approached as either an art or math problem.

Cuban author Leonardo Padura won Spain’s Princess of Asturias award of literature.

The United Kingdom appointed Chris Riddell as its new children’s laureate. Riddell plans to organize events and encourage children to become avid readers in his two-year term.

Forbes argues the traditional dividing line between fiction and nonfiction is too strict for modern times. George Anders wants a third category that includes books which “nimbly try to straddle both genres.”

The European Union regulators are looking into’s electronic book business terms and launching a formal investigation.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Brain Pickings recently featured an interesting list of the greatest books of all time according to 125 famous authors.

Literature lovers will appreciate this vast list of bookish things to do in London. From the British Library to book pubs to cemeteries there are tons of great venues to keep any book lover occupied for days.