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Last week was fantastic for books news, what with Dan Brown’s YA gaffe and Stephen King’s telling Dark Tower movie teaser. Here at Kristian Wilson, Writing, I continued with a series of how-to guides for college graduates faced with writing their first professional job application documents. Check out these articles and more after the jump.

What Is the PEN Literary Gala?

This year’s PEN awards ceremony honored Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, imprisoned journalist Ahmed Naji, and two Flint activists. Here’s your handy guide to what all the fuss is about.

11 Poems to Read While Going Through a Divorce

For centuries, humans have relied on the healing power of poetry to get them through dark times. If you need a literary pick-me-up to keep yourself going during the separation and divorce process, check out these 11 poems for some words to live by.

Women Need to Push for Pro-Union Legislation

Women’s votes decide elections, so why don’t we elect legislators who support policies that will help eliminate the wage gap and ensure adequate maternity leave?

How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: A Review

Cristina Page’s How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America has been called outdated in the post-ACA world, but it might be more relevant today than ever.

Lena Dunham’s New Book, Is It Evil Not to Be Sure?, Supports Girls Write Now

Girls creator Lena Dunham’s limited edition publication of her college diaries sold out in a matter of hours, with proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit organization, Girls Write Now.

What Makes Old Books Smell So Good? A Lot of Chemical Compounds

We’ve known for quite a while now what volatile organic compounds are released by decaying books to give them their signature scent. Now, old books are a major new scent trend Read this article to find out what makes that perfume you bought on Etsy so spot-on.

Warsan Shire Gets a Popularity Boost from Beyoncé

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth author Warsan Shire became a household name when Beyoncé dropped Lemonade. Sales of her books increased some 800 percent in the week after the artist’s album debuted. The formula for success seems pretty clear: get yourself quoted by Beyoncé.

George R.R. Martin Explains Why He Kills So Many of His Characters

Is it cheating to let your heroes get through their adventures unscathed? A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin thinks so, and I agree, because killing your darlings doesn’t end with adverbs.

How to Write a Resume with No Experience

College graduates, take note. You’re probably not going to have much professional experience when you dive into the job market, but that doesn’t mean you can’t write a killer resume that will land you a great job.

The Da Vinci Code Young Adult Adaptation Sparks Controversy Among YA Readers & Writers

Do young adult readers need an abridged version of The Da Vinci Code? Writers, readers, and this author say no.

12 YA Books Like The Da Vinci Code

And just to cast a little more shade at Brown, here’s a limited selection of great mystery titles that rival The Da Vinci Code and are available on the YA market today.

The Color of Magic: A Review

I dove into Terry Pratchett’s legendary Discworld series with this review of The Color of Magic. If you haven’t taken the leap yet, check out my thoughts on Rincewind’s first adventure here.

Fat Writers: On Privilege, Ableism, and Humanity

Here’s an extra thought not included in this article: George R.R. Martin is a fat writer, but we’d never suggest that he might be paid less as a result of his build.

5 Books about World War I

As Battlefield I prepares to tackle the Great War, it’s pretty clear that most folks don’t know jack about what happened before — and after — a particular archduke’s assassination. If you need a refresher course, you’ve got plenty of time to read these five titles before Dice’s new game hits stores.

Goodreads Deals Alerts You When E-Books on Your TBR Go on Sale

Love your e-reader, but always feel as if you’re missing out on all the best e-book sales? Sign up for Goodreads Deals to get customized discount alerts in your inbox every day.

6 Amazing TED Talks by Women to Empower and Educate You

I love exposing others to TED Talks, because they helped me so much when I was starting out. The next time you’ve got a couple of hours to kill, watch these six short videos to give yourself a confidence boost.

Who Is Mona Hanna-Attisha? The Flint Activist Just Signed a Book Deal

Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha was instrumental in bringing the Flint Water Crisis to the forefront of our national conversation. One of two activists honored at the 2016 PEN Literary Gala, Hanna-Attisha now has a book deal with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new publisher, One World.

Stephen King Tweets Dark Tower Movie Teaser That Might Reveal Huge News about the Ending

If you haven’t read the Dark Tower books yet, I highly suggest you skip this article, which goes to great, spoiler-laden lengths to relate what, exactly, Stephen King’s teaser image revealed about Nikolaj Arcel’s upcoming film adaptation.

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