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Weekly Round-Up: February 16, 2018

Shakespeare - The Authors Guild

Shakespeare - The Authors Guild

Our round-up of key news affecting authors. In this week’s edition: Print journalism’s expiration date, the Bronx is building a vibrant literary community, and more…

Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

The New York Times

While they don’t believe Shakespeare plagiarized, two authors say they found proof he was inspired by a manuscript titled “A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels.”

I Believe in the Future of Literary Fiction: Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle

The Hindu

Markus Dohle says “I believe in the future of literary fiction. I think fiction is more important than ever in today’s world because it helps people escape from the never-ending news cycle by immersing themselves in great stories and complex characters. Additionally, the repeating nature of fiction makes it the most sustaining and viable category in publishing.”

“Maze Runner” Author James Dashner Dropped by Literary Agent

The Washington Post

The Maze Runner author was dropped by his literary agent and expelled from SCBWI due to sexual misconduct allegations.

New York Times CEO: Print Journalism Has Maybe Another 10 Years


Digital subscriptions are what keeps The New York Times afloat. “I believe at least 10 years is what we can see in the U.S. for our print products,” The New York Times CEO Mark Thompson told CNBC on Monday.

How the Bronx Is Building a Vibrant Literary Community

Electric Literature

Jenn Baker highlights five people and organizations who are who are revitalizing the arts and building a more vibrant literary community in the Bronx.

ALA Announces 2018 Adult, Youth Award Winners

American Booksellers Association

On Monday, the American Library Association announced the winners of their prestigious adult and youth awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal.

A Novelist’s Dilemma: Outlining vs. Writing on the Fly

Signature Reads

Using P.G. Wodehouse and Haruki Murakami as examples, Ben Dolnick examines the dilemma all novelists face: to outline or not to outline.