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Welcome to the new home of Literary Journalism, the newsletter of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies!

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  • CFP: Proposed Volume on Literary Journalism/Creative Nonfiction in East-Central Europe
    Abstracts are invited for a proposed collection on Literary Journalism/Creative Non-Fiction in East-Central Europe. The volume takes as its central concern the current shapes and forms of what is variously called literary journalism, creative non-fiction, creative documentary narrative, or reportage (among other terms) in the region. We have already received preliminary interest from an academic…

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  • Star-Studded Panels Featured at IALJS at AEJMC Washington, DC
    In early August, IALJS sessions at the annual AEJMC sparkled with insight on two panels featuring a mix of accomplished world-class scholars. Washington, DC was the site of last year’s conference, which hosted two full sessions dedicated to the theme of “The Art of Fact in Science and Nature Writing.” The sessions marked the last…

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  • New Book: “Seeking to Understand the World: Literary Journalism of Vincent Sheean” by Anish Dave
    Vincent Sheean was a paradigmatic American foreign correspondent in 1930s and 1940s. He won the inaugural National Book Award for biography for his 1935 book Personal History. The book became a model for many other contemporary foreign correspondents who wrote their own personal accounts of their journalistic experiences. When Sheean died in 1975, the New York Times published…

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  • Second Call: Join Us in Creating an Interactive Map of Global Literary Journalism
    Authors’ Note: We have received some great responses, and we’re beginning the process of compiling our bibliography. In the meantime, we’d like to renew our call for your help in moving this project forward. Thanks! Manuel Carvalho Coutinho and I (Fitz) are currently embarking on an ambitious project and we need your help! We are…

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  • Excerpt: Staged News: The Federal Theatre Project’s Living Newspapers in New York by Jordana Cox
    The following is an excerpt from the introduction of Jordana Cox’s book Staged News: The Federal Theatre Project’s Living Newspapers in New York (University of Massachusetts, 2023). Authors who would like to promote their books of or about literary journalism in the newsletter can email us at literaryjournalismsubmissions [at] gmail.com. Not many people can say…

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  • The priceless happiness that comes with $250
    It was the night of a cold winter day—February 6, 2023. I was at home in Eskişehir, Turkey. The night had turned to frost. Suddenly, at 4:21 a.m., the phone rang pathetically. It was very late; I was scared. I felt as if I was about to hear some bad news. The person on the…

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  • Looking ahead to “the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars” at IALJS 18 in Sydney, Australia
    Willa McDonald, Matthew Ricketson and I could not be more thrilled to be together organizing IALJS-18 in 2024. It is more than 14 long years that we have battled to get on the IALJS annual conference roster. We understand that for many, we live and work on the other side of the world, and with…

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  • Excerpt: How the News Feels by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
    The following is a short excerpt from the introduction of Fitz’s new book, How the News Feels: The Empathic Power of Literary Journalists (University of Massachusetts Press, 2023). Authors who would like to promote their books of or about literary journalism in the newsletter can email us at literaryjournalismsubmissions [at] gmail.com. Literary Journalists’ Empathic Power…

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  • Join Us in Creating an Interactive Map of Global Literary Journalism
    Manuel Carvalho Coutinho and I (Fitz) are currently embarking on an ambitious project and we need your help! We are putting together a list of works of literary journalism from around the world with the objective of creating a database and, later on, an interactive world map that would be freely accessed to anyone interested…

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  • Details, emotions, and the multidimensional world of Polish literary journalism
    Before deep diving into the universe of Polish literary journalism, stop for a moment and ask yourself a question: What first comes to mind when you think about Polish literary journalism? How does it look? How does it sound? Or maybe, how does it feel?  Today I would like to invite you to the magical and…

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  • From the Archives: Dispatches from Centerville, USA
    A journalist seeks out the heart(s) of America. We were supposed to be better than this. That thought kept running through my head after the 2016 election. I simply couldn’t believe that the country I was born and raised in, the country that took in my Venezuelan immigrant mother, was really as angry, as caustic,…

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  • Marvelous Views and Heroic History: Welcome to Gdańsk
    By Anna Merchel and Aleksandra Wierzbowska Welcome to the city of Gdańsk – the fourth largest metropolitan area in Poland with 262 km2 located on the Baltic coast in the northern part of the country. Gdańsk is a city with a history dating back more than a thousand years and breathtaking places worth every minute of…

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  • The Institute of Media, Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Gdańsk is the Host of IALJS-17
    The Institute of Media, Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Gdańsk will host this year’s IALJS-17 in May. It is one of the 6 institutes that make up the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Institute of Media, Journalism and Social Communication stands out from the rest with its hands-on approach to research and…

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  • President’s Column: Gdansk Conference Update
    Spring has arrived in Gdańsk and that means it’s less than two months until the participants in the Seventeenth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS -17) will be arriving too. Conference organizers are putting the finishing touches on a full program which promises to be a worthy successor to our successful meetings in Santiago…

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  • Looking for Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    I live in Natchitoches, Louisiana, in the parish of the same name; in Louisiana, we have parishes and not counties. After my landlord and neighbor gave me a copy of a little travelogue published in 1892 titled A Visit to Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Daniel B. Corley, a judge and former mayor of Abilene, Texas, I went looking…

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From the Archives

Below each issue of the IALJS newsletter are commendable examples of literary journalism, some of which may be mentioned in the issue.