New Yorkers: If you’re free tonight, check out the fourth Double Take reading series, organized by Bookforum’s own Albert Mobilio. The event asks three pairs of writers to read original writing about shared experiences. Tonight’s event will see Rick Moody and Tim Davis singing about the dinner where they met, John Yau and Eugene Lim remembering Robert Creeley’s memorial service, and Charles Bernstein and Elizabeth Willis discussing “the obvious.”
VIDA has released its annual count of reviewer gender ratios in publications ranging from the New Yorker to the Boston Review (sadly, Bookforum was not included). While the numbers remain depressingly skewed toward men, there are a few highlights in terms of gender parity: Tin House is fairly equal; and while the New York Times Book Review remains male-heavy, it is inching closer to the fifty-fifty ratio.
The musical adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s Fortress of Solitude will debut in Dallas this week before eventually making its way to the Public Theater in New York in 2014.
Minneapolis-based Coffee House Press is going to start publishing essay collections and literary nonfiction in addition to fiction and poetry.
The Believer has released its shortlist for the 2012 Believer Book Award. The nominees are (drumroll) Tamara Faith Berger’s Maidenhead, Barbara Browning’s I’m Trying to Reach You, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, Jim Krusoe’s Parsifal, and Sergio de la Pava’s A Naked Singularity. The winner will be announced in the May issue of the Believer.
James Salter and Tom McCarthy are among the ten winners of the inaugural Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes. The award, which comes with a whopping $150,000 bursary, is granted by Yale to "English-language writers at all stages of their careers for outstanding achievement in the fields of fiction, non-fiction and drama."