Akashic Books Launches Grief Imprint, Missing Joyce Scholar, 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:

Akashic Books has launched an imprint for books that focus on grief, loss, and recovery. Writer Ann Hood will edit the imprint, which is named Gracie Belle, after her daughter who died at a young age. The imprint’s first title, Catharine Murray’s memoir, Now You See the Sky, will come out in November. (Publishers Weekly)

Jack Hitt searches for John Kidd, the Joyce scholar who promised to edit a perfect version of Ulysses but later disappeared. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Irish writer Mike McCormack has won the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award for his one-sentence, experimental novel, Solar Bones, which takes place on a single day.

Simon & Schuster has released a free “Stephen King Library” app, which recommends titles by the horror writer to people through their Amazon Alexas or Google Assistants. (Publishers Weekly)

Speaking of apps, Apple has previewed its revamped Books app, which will launch in the fall. (TechCrunch)

 “I can be kind of obsessive about ugliness at times. What we find ugly can be much more informative about who we are than sometimes what we find beautiful.” Lydia Millet talks about ugliness, first impressions, and her latest story collection, Fight No More. (NPR)

Stephanie Vozza describes trying to read thirty books in thirty days. (Fast Company)

What happens when a poet writes a novel? Caoilinn Hughes rounds up her favorite examples of novels written by poets, including Kei Miller’s Augustown and Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea. (Granta)