Reviewing the Netflix Adaptation of Atwood’s Alias Grace

Written by Angie Carrera

Written in 1996, Margaret Atwood’s novel, Alias Grace, comes to life in a six-part mini series on Netflix. This series comes after Hulu’s successful adaptation of another Atwood novel: The Handmaid’s Tale. During a time of great feminist activism, it is evident that Margaret Atwood’s work is at its prime, and this is exemplified by her “murderess” protagonist, Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon).

Alias Grace is a true-crime story set in Victorian Canada, where Grace and her stable hand counterpart, James McDermott (Kerr Logan), have been accused and convicted of the murders committed in 1843 of Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin), his head housekeeper and lover. Before being hung, McDermott adds to his confession that it was in fact Grace who made him kill Kinnear and Montgomery, causing severe confusion  regarding Grace’s claims of innocence.

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New York Public Library Reveals $317M “Master Plan” to Renovate Iconic Main Building

Written by Kylie Warkentin

On November 15, the New York Public Library unveiled a $317 million master plan to renovate its iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located on Fifth Avenue and 42nd street in Manhattan.

This plan, unanimously approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees, includes an approximate 20% increase in public space intended for research, exhibitions, and educational programs, as reported by Publishers Weekly.

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David France Wins the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction  

Written by Madalyn Campbell

The Baillie Gifford Prize, formerly known as the Samuel Johnson Prize, is a U.K. prize for nonfiction. It began in 1999 and has continued awarding notable nonfiction books. It is open to any author of any nationality as long as the book was published in English and in the U.K. The prize covers any book that is nonfiction, such as autobiographies, books about sports, historical books, and many others. It is considered one of the most prestigious awards for nonfiction in the U.K.  

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Get Writing! 10 Literary Magazines Now Accepting Submissions

Written by Sydney Stewart

Hothouse Literary Magazine (Closes January 21st) – Sound familiar? Hothouse is the UT Austin English Department’s official literary journal, and we’re currently accepting works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and—to celebrate our 10th issue—comics/graphic novel excerpts! Click here for more info on the rules and process for submission.

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Upcoming Writing Competitions

Written by Grace Mappes

Writing competitions are a great way for emerging writers to get used to deadlines, challenge themselves with new prompts, and gain exposure and prestige. Any prize money is especially beneficial for those of you who need help buying textbooks or fueling a Kerbey Lane addiction. Here are some competitions ranging in deadlines and topics for nearly any type of writer to keep their eye on. Even if you’re not eligible right now, many of these are recurring, so put them on your calendar!

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Problematic Literary Faves in the Time of Harvey Weinstein

Written by Sara Leonard

The past few weeks have made it nearly impossible to check social media without discovering that another high-profile celebrity has been accused of sexual harassment. What started off as Hollywood’s crusade against Harvey Weinstein has developed into so much more: men like Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose, and Roy Moore have all been accused of sexual harassment or abuse. What’s even more shocking is that the men are facing consequences for their actions. This appalling chain of events has caused many people to question artists of the past, and New York Times writer Clyde Haberman asked the question of the month: “Can we appreciate art even if it was created by someone who behaved deplorably?”

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The Annual Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is Nearly Upon Us!

Written by Kendall Talbot

Running from November 25 through December 3 this year, FIL is the largest annual literary event in the Spanish-speaking world. Established and organized thirty-one years ago by the University of Guadalajara, FIL still takes place in Mexico where the school is located. This year, the fair expects to host over 2,000 publishers from 45 different countries, representing books written in 29 different languages.

How did FIL become so large and so far-reaching? There are a few unique key aspects of FIL that set the event apart from other book fairs. One of these elements is FIL Niños (FIL Kids). The fair caters specifically to families by scheduling almost 1,500 workshops that promote reading and writing for children. These activities allow kids to interact with the authors there, encouraging any future readers and writers.

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The Good News About Cutting Up Literature for Jewelry

Written by Kevin LaTorre

I ought to begin with a disclaimer: I don’t wear jewelry. I can’t wax anything poetic about the shine or curvature of a particular jewel. Now that I’ve admitted I am unfamiliar with both wearing jewelry and speaking its parlance, I can check that pesky honesty-even-if-it’s-damaging box and proceed.

The paper art of British artist Jeremy May was a strange find online. Seeing the rings, necklaces and earrings that May has been exhibiting the last few years instantly communicated a sense of violation. I don’t usually recoil from quaint articles about artsy endeavors, and yet here I wanted to close the browser.

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Audible Turns 20!

Written by Caitlin Smith

Audible, everyone’s favorite audiobook service, is celebrating its 20th birthday this month. Beginning their operation in 1997, Audible has grown considerably since the initial launch. According to their Twitter, the very first download they offered in the 90s was the bestselling Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, by John Gray. Thankfully, the audiobook emporium now boasts upwards of 200,000 selections, so listeners aren’t confined to vaguely misogynistic self-help books—though they do have 35,679 other selections in that same genre, if you’re feeling the need for some self-improvement before the holidays.

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