Writing and Editing News Roundup

Yes, 2009 is off to a rocky start for Mots Justes. Returning to a regular posting schedule post-thesis has proven just as challenging as returning to a regular writing schedule post-thesis. (More on that later.)

This will change, however, this week as the Association of Writers and Writing Programs kicks off in Chicago. MJ will be there, reporting from the conference and Bookfair floor.

In the meantime, let’s catch up on what’s been going on in the realms of writing and editing:

R.I.P. John Updike, whose literary merit remains up for debate.

“The horror!”: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book wins the Newbery following a debate on the Medal’s relevance.

A rural California school board bans Bless Me, Ultima.

San Pedro, Calif.’s Williams Book Store celebrates its centennial while the fate of West Hollywood’s Book Soup remains in doubt.

As the English language approaches one million words, Dr. Goodword names the hundred-plus most beautiful.

The British put the grammar and punctuation police on the defensive.

“Writing in the Age of Distraction”: Cory Doctorow strikes a balance between work and the Internet’s too-easy access to entertainment and information.

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