Poet Patricia Lockwood wrote "Rape Joke," perhaps the first poem in history to go viral. She's also popular on Twitter for her "sexts," inspired by the Anthony Weiner scandal, which are surreal and impossible come-ons that mock the over-sexualization of modern life.
The Nobel Committee awarded its prize for literature to French novelist Patrick Modiano, a man who's been called a modern-day Proust. Yet his work is relatively unknown in the English-speaking world despite his success in France.
The archive of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez has been acquired by the University of Texas, Austin, where students, researchers and the author's fans are salivating for a look. The trove has everything from photos of the author's life to an unpublished novel, which could still hit bookshelves someday.
Laura Rose Wagner was in Haiti to research her Ph.D. thesis when a devastating earthquake hit in 2010. Wagner, like many others, spent hours trapped under the rubble. Now she's out with a new novel about making it through Haiti's post-earthquake life.
"What a joy it is to see Margaret Atwood taking such delicious pleasure in the end of the world," wrote the New York Times in its review of Margaret Atwood's novel, "MaddAddam." Atwood says her novels are way to cope with frightening environmental issues, but also a way to deepen understanding of what's at stake.