A Public Space Launches Book Imprint, Richard Wilbur Has Died, and More


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:

A Public Space has announced the launch of APS Books, a new books division for “overlooked and unclassifiable work.” Read more about the new imprint in “A Public Space Expands to Books,” published in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

Poet Richard Wilbur died on Saturday at the age of ninety-six. Wilbur was the nation’s second poet laureate and won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry twice. (New York Times)

Publishers Weekly checks in with Rebecca Saletan, the editorial director of Riverhead Books, about the success of the imprint’s books this year, what bores and excites her in literature, and her editing style.

“[Literacy] is also a key to citizenship and enfranchisement in society, to your ability to understand and take part in all the discourse that shapes your community and your country and your world.” Perri Klass, the national medical director for Reach Out and Read, an organization that promotes literacy, outlines the developmental benefits of reading at a young age. (New York Times)

In anticipation of tomorrow night’s announcement of the 2017 Man Booker Prize, the Guardian reports that of the shortlisted novels Ali Smith’s Autumn is leading in sales, but that betting company Ladbrokes has George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo favored to win.

“Beyond the property, the loss of life, there’s the sense that Sonoma County’s very identity is threatened by these fires, in ways we can’t yet see.” Fiction writer Emma Cline considers the impact of the wildfires that have swept through Northern California for the past week. (New Yorker)

Elle interviews Instagram poet and model Yrsa Daley-Ward on her influences, being pigeonholed as an Instagram poet, and her latest book, bone.

Atlas Obscura shares photos of some of the most lavish and bejeweled medieval book covers featured in an exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.