From the West Bridgford Wire:
UNESCO has awarded Nottingham with the status of City of Literature.
This accolade was the result of a bid process that was initiated approximately two years ago.
Nottingham joins eleven other UNESCO Cities of Literature across the globe: Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin, Reyjavik, Norwich, Krakow, Heidelburg, Granada, Prague and Dunedin.
Nottingham, the home of DH Lawrence, Lord Byron and Alan Sillitoe, was awarded the title based on the city’s literary heritage, its diverse writing community and its commitment to improving literacy across the city.
Link to the rest at West Bridgford Wire and thanks to J.A. for the tip.
Iowa City is, of course, the home of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and certainly deserves recognition, but PG would add some other US cities to the list.
For example, San Francisco claims Philip K. Dick, Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, Jack Kerouac, Jack London, John Muir, Mark Twain, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ursula K. Le Guin and Amy Tan . Plus Charles Schulz (Peanuts) and Scott Adams (Dilbert). Few people know that Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.