A Fond Farewell to Tin House, Tayari Jones Wins Women’s Fiction Prize, and More


Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

This year’s international Griffin Poetry Prize has been awarded to Don Mee Choi for Autobiography of Death (translated from the Korean by Kim Hyesoon), while the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize goes to Eve Joseph for Quarrels. Each award is presented for a first edition book of poetry written in, or translated into, English, and includes $65,000 Canadian (approximately $82,517). Last night’s  ceremony featured a reading by Nicole Brossard, who received the Griffin Trust’s Lifetime Recognition Award.

In further prize news, Tayari Jones has won the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel An American Marriage. The international award includes £30,000 (approximately $38,085). (Guardian)

“If I’m on an airplane and somebody asks me what I do for a living, I very quickly tell them I’m a poet. Then I don’t have to worry about them talking to me anymore.” Jericho Brown on the danger and freedom of poetry. (On Being)

Confirming yesterday’s rumors, Barnes & Noble has announced a definitive agreement to be purchased by private equity firm Elliot Advisors in an all-cash transaction valued at about $683 million. It is expected that James Daunt, the CEO of the U.K. bookselling chain Waterstones (purchased by Elliot earlier in the year), will take over as the Barnes & Noble CEO once the purchase is completed. (Publishers Weekly)

“I definitely had the impression that Tin House was where the party was at—these were the conversations you wanted to join, the brilliant weirdos with whom you wanted to share a dance floor.” Author Karen Russell joins Tin House contributors and editors in remembering the literary journal, which publishes its final issue this month. (New York Times)

At BOMB magazine, poet T Fleischmann talks about the pleasures of embodiment in their new collection, Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through. “Excerpting from the autobiographical projects also leaves empty spaces, longings, and absences in the text, and so one of the things I try to add in is ecstatic and joyful material: dancing, art-making, orgies, looking at art.”

And the New York Times revisits the “it books” of summers past and the eras they reveal, from Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain in 1969 to Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train in 2015.