Edwidge Danticat

A new draft of a Federico Garcia Lorca poem has been found at the Library of Congress.

Today marks the anniversary of last year’s earthquake in Haiti, and Edwidge Danticat’s moving essay “A Year and A Day” in this week’s New Yorker reminds us that the country is still recovering. Danticat has also edited the gripping fiction anthology “Haiti Noir,” just published by Akashic books, and as publisher Johnny Temple points out, “‘Haiti Noir’ is totally unapologetic . . . It’s bold, it’s stylized. It’s not like, ‘Give these writers a break.’ They can stand on their own.”

GalleyCat has more on the forthcoming novel by Stephen Elliott and Eric Martin on Donald Rumsfeld, which will be published on February 8, the same day as the former Secretary of Defense’s highly anticipated memoir. Elliott says: “I heard something about Guantanamo one day and I thought, I wonder what would happen if Donald Rumsfeld was in his own prisons. How would he survive? . . . A lot of liberals think Rumsfeld is an idiot, but we didn’t think an idiot would be named CEO to all these major companies and Secretary of Defense twice. So we did a lot of research on Rumsfeld with that in mind. He’s a sympathetic character.”

Iambik is an intriguing indie publisher that releases inexpensive, DRM-free digital audiobooks by authors such as Gordon Lish, Laird Hunt, Lydia Millet, Lynne Tillman and more. We'll be capping off the day listening to The Hour, Bernard DeVoto's lighthearted classic cocktail manifesto.