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The weekly Round up - April the Authors Guild

Our round-up of key news affecting authors. In this week’s edition: The Paris Review names a new editor, audiobooks on the rise, and more…

Introducing the Book Review’s New Graphic Novels and Comics Column

The New York Times

“This column will allow us to treat comics and graphic novels for what they are, some of the most creative and richly rewarding books being published today,’ said Gal Beckerman, an editor at the Book Review. ‘And these two critics, each coming from different directions but both fantastic writers with a deep knowledge about comics, will introduce us to new work and new authors as well as the latest from more established ones, and explore them with the seriousness they deserve.”

A Day in the Life of the Copyright Modernization Office

Library of Congress

Frances Carden, a technical writer in the Copyright Modernization Office, talks about her exciting and complex work in ushering the Copyright Office into a new era: “Creativity is at an all-time high, but as we all know, old-tech just can’t keep up. The Modified IT Plan proposed a massive ‘spring cleaning,’ where we keep the good, shuffle out the bad, and welcome in the freshness of change and future-focused forward momentum.”

‘A Bit of Divine Justice’: Trump Vowed to Change Libel Law. But Not Like This.

The New York Times

President Trump, usually on the plaintiff side of libel cases, is now the libel defendant on the losing side of a case in which a sexual harassment victim sued him for calling her a liar.

Nearly One-in-Five Americans Now Listen to Audiobooks

Pew Research Center

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that while the majority of readers still prefer to read print books, audiobooks are on a slow and steady rise.

The Paris Review Names a New Editor

The New York Times

Emily Nemens, co-editor of The Southern Review, has been named the new editor of The Paris Review. She will take over the reins at the publication on June 1.

Local Authors Write Short Stories for Library Fundraiser

Daily Astorian

The event brought together two causes: “Write on Seaside!, a writing conference and fundraiser for the Seaside Public Library Foundation, and the Little Free Library silent auction fundraiser to support Reading Outreach in Clatsop County, a program that subsidizes about 700 library cards for children who live in rural neighborhoods.”