From the online release of John Keats’ letters to the debut Bookseller of the Year Award from We Need Diverse Books, we’ve rounded up the latest literary news:
Canonized poet John Keats’ letters written between 1815-1821, before his death at the age of 25, are being compiled online for the first time by The Keats Letter Project. Each letter, published exactly 200 years after Keats wrote it, is presented alongside a critical analysis which brings to light the literary merit of the letters, making the case that the correspondence is equal to that of his poetry.
Sara Luce Look, co-owner of Charis Books & More, was awarded the Bookseller of the Year Award from We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit advocating for diversity in young people’s literature. The Bookseller of the Year Award, established in January of this year, recognizes a bookseller that emphasizes an intersectional readership, by providing books with characters that reflect a multitude of experiences. Sara Luce Look received this debut honor for cultivating “hands down the most diverse children’s and YA section in the South for more than 23 years” according to Charis Circle executive director E.R. Anderson in her nomination letter.
The Codex Quetzalecatzin, a rare Mesoamerican manuscript dated from 1593, has been obtained by The Library of Congress and is available online for viewing. As most manuscripts in this group have been destroyed over time, it is highly valuable and has been kept in private collections for decades. The document, likely created by an indigenous copyist, shows the interaction between indigenous American, European, and Spanish cultural elements, making it an important representation of early American history.