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New York Review of Books editor Robert B Silvers dies

Silvers co-founded the magazine in 1963

The exacting editor of The New York Review of Books, Robert B Silvers, who made it a literary magazine of lasting influence, has died aged 87.

He died at his home in Manhattan after a short illness, the magazine said.

Mr Silvers co-edited the bi-weekly with Barbara Epstein from its inception in 1963.

It regularly featured contributions from great writers and polemicists like Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, WH Auden and more recently Zadie Smith.

In a tweet on Monday The New York Review of Books (NYRB) wrote: “With great sadness we must announce that Robert B. Silvers, founding editor of The New York Review, died this morning after a short illness.”

It provided no further details, and is yet to announce a successor.

Mr Silvers had served as sole editor of the NYRB after fellow founder Epstein died in 2006.

By the end of his long and storied life, he had become a landmark of the New York literary scene.

“Ambitious novelists would hope to see him at their book launches, his genial presence often viewed as conferring acceptance into an exclusive club,” says the BBC’s Nick Bryant in New York.

However, the magazine was not without its critics. Writer Tom Wolfe mocked it as “the chief theoretical organ of Radical Chic”.

The magazine also features articles on culture, economics, science and current affairs.

Glenna Luschei to be a Vice-President of Interlitq

Glenna Luschei at Machu Picchu

Glenna Luschei at Machu Picchu

The Editorial Board of Interlitq has appointed Glenna Luschei, U.S. author and editor, a Vice-President of the review.

Neil Astley, UK publisher, editor and author, was born today in history: 12 May, 1953

Neil Astley

Neil Astley

Neil Astley (b. 12 May 1953, Portchester, Hampshire, England) is a British publisher, editor and writer.

New poetry by Mark Abley to be published in Issue 22 of Interlitq

Mark Abley

Mark Abley

New poetry by Mark Abley will be published in Issue 22 of Interlitq.

Mark Abley (born 13 May 1955) is a Canadian poet, journalist, editor and non-fiction writer. His latest book isConversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott, published in November 2013.

Born in Warwickshire, England, he moved to Canada as a small boy and grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta and Saskatoon,Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan from which he won a Rhodes Scholarship in 1975. He won prizes for his poetry while a student at St John’s College, Oxford, and began to write full-time after moving to Toronto in 1978. He has been a contributing editor of both Maclean’s and Saturday Night magazines, and a regular contributor to theTimes Literary Supplement. In 1996 he won Canada’s National Newspaper Award for critical writing.

Since 1983 Abley has lived in the Montreal area. For sixteen years he worked as a feature writer and book-review editor at the Montreal Gazette. He returned to freelance writing in 2003, though he continues to write columns on language issues for the Gazette. In 2009 he joined McGill-Queen’s University Press as a part-time acquisition editor. He became the first-ever writer-in-residence for the city of Pointe-Claire in 2010-11.

He has written three books of poetry, two children’s books, and several books of non-fiction. The best-known is probably Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003), which was short-listed for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. It was translated into French, Spanish and Japanese, and was largely responsible for Abley being awarded the LiberPress Prize in Girona, Spain, in October 2009. He has also given lectures at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Ohio State University and elsewhere.

In 2005 Abley was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for research into language change. His book The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English appeared in May 2008. It was praised as “fascinating” in The Times (London), and hailed by William Safire in The New York Times. In August 2009 Abley published a children’s book about words and their origins, Camp Fossil Eyes.

Abley has edited several books, including When Earth Leaps Up and A Woman Clothed in Words by Anne Szumigalski; he is Szumigalski’s literary executor. Over the years he has led workshops for the Quebec Writers’ Federation, the Maritime Writers’ Workshop and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

In 2010 Abley began to research the complex legacy of a troubling figure from the Canadian past, Duncan Campbell Scott, a poet who ran the Department of Indian Affairs for many years and is sometimes accused of cultural genocide. The result is a book of creative nonfiction entitled Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott. It appeared in November 2013 and won high praise from reviewers.

In 2015 Coteau Books will publish “The Tongues of Earth,” Abley’s new and selected poems

Eugenio Montale, Italian author and Nobel laureate, was born today in history: 12 October, 1896

Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale (Italian: [euˈdʒɛnjo monˈtale]; 12 October 1896 – 12 September 1981) was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely considered the greatest Italian lyric poet since Giacomo Leopardi. In 1973 he was awarded the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings in Struga, Macedonia.