Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:
The Millions previews the most anticipated books for the second half of 2012, including new work by Emma Straub, Richard Russo, Kate Zambreno, Jami Attenberg, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, and Zadie Smith.
On June 29, former Poet Laureate Kay Ryan read at Poetry Parnassus, the largest poetry festival ever held in the United Kingdom. A poet representing each of the countries participating in the Olympic games appeared. Poet and critic Stephen Burt explains how Ryan's work defies "almost every stereotype that a reader outside the United States might bring to an American poem." (Guardian)
Voicing opposition to gender inequality on mastheads, critic Ruth Franklin penned an open letter to Bookforum. (Rumpus)
Essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan details how William Faulker's masterpiece Absalom, Absalom! ambitiously attempts to "dramatize historical consciousness itself, not just human lives but the forest of time in which the whole notion of human life must find its only meaning." (New York Times)
On the New Yorker's fiction podcast, James Salter speaks of the life and work of the late Reynolds Price, and reads a Reynolds Price story, "His Final Mother," selected from the magazine's archive.
Award-winning author Sarah Manguso dispenses advice for young writers: "Work. Be relentless. All over the world, people are working harder than you." (Work in Progress)
Sadie Stein answers a worried reader's plea to kick a cultural trash addiction. (Paris Review Daily)
Meanwhile, BuzzFeed gathered a collection of images of bookstore cats.