BTW News Briefs

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

De Gruyter to Provide Temporary Free Access to Academic Articles

De Gruyter, a scholarly publishing house specializing in academic literature, has teamed up with a number of university presses to launch the “Rights, Action, and Social Responsibility” initiative, which will make books and journal articles freely available on until the end of the year.

Books will be available across nine topical areas: constitutional history, dissent, truth and ethics, environmental studies, gender studies, geopolitics, human rights, immigration and urbanism, and Islamic studies. De Gruyter, which has offices in Boston and Berlin, said that broadening access to these areas of scholarship will enable more people, including non-academics, to address these issues in an informed manner and also help combat the effects of false news sources.

Available content includes more than 500 books and selected journal articles from Columbia University Press, Cornell University Press, Harvard University Press, Princeton University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Transcript-Verlag, and De Gruyter. Articles can be accessed here.

First Wave of BookCon Panels Announced

ReedPOP has revealed the first wave of panels for this spring’s BookCon, taking place on June 3 and 4 at the Javits Center in New York City immediately following BookExpo 2017.

The lineup at this year’s two-day BookCon includes authors Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, Veronica Roth, and Victoria Aveyard, and a number of Hollywood celebrities, including Krysten Ritter, Mayim Bialik, Jeffrey Tambor, and Bill Nye. Other BookCon panels this year will include YouTube stars Ryan Higa, Natasha Bure, and BookTubers Kat O’Keeffe, Christine Riccio, and Jesse George.

The entire list of panels is available hereBookCon tickets are on sale here.

2017 Guggenheim Fellows Announced

The Guggenheim Foundation has announced the Guggenheim Fellows for 2017. Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

This year’s crop of Fellows includes eight nonfiction writers, 11 poets, biographer Holly Brubach, and nine fiction writers: Brian Evenson, Michelle Huneven, Samantha Hunt, Philip Klay, Fiona Maazel, Alexander Maksik, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ron Rash, and Marisa Silver.

The Guggenheim Foundation receives approximately 3,000 Fellowship applications each year, and approximately 175 of those applicants will receive fellowships.