In honor of Mother's Day on May 9th, we'll start this weekend's book news with the Trebing family, which was recently featured on "The View." One of Beth Whitehouse's former students at Columbia Journalism School takes us into the family history at the heart of The Match, asking, "Would you make a baby to save a baby?"
Mary Oliver is one of Maria Shriver's "favorite poets of all time." Watch as Shriver reads her favorite poem—then tell us in the comments if you have your own. You can hear Oliver read her work on the new audio collection Many Miles, which listeners in Louisiana have been enjoying recently.
The rumors are true! Boston University Law Professor Jay Wexler, representing Beacon Press, became Literary Death Match Champion last month. With nattily attired Todd Zuniga hosting, the always excellent Pagan Kennedy joining the celebrity judges, and a floor hockey shootout that wasn't to be missed, our congratulations goes to Opium Magazine. Those who did miss it can read Wexler's victory lap, with links to photos, here, and a video of him reading here.
Congratulations are also due to Patricia Harman, author of the memoir The Blue Cotton Gown. Harman has just won the Denny C. Plattner award for Outstanding Nonfiction from Berea College for "Dorothy's Urn," which ran in Appalachian Heritage. You can read the piece as a PDF here.
Last—but nowhere near least—we're proud to highlight the work of former Beacon staff member Nellie Bellows, whose lyric essay "To Satisfy This Demand for Salt There Is First of All the Sea" makes for beautiful reading over at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.