Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners, Macmillan CEO and Librarians Debate Embargo, 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.

The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals to Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli and Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham. The $5,000 awards were announced on Sunday during the association’s annual midwinter meeting. (Washington Post)

In more news from the ALA midwinter session, Macmillan CEO John Sargent held an “Ask Me Anything” session with librarians to discuss the company’s controversial new embargo policy that limits the availability of newly released e-books in libraries. Andrew Albanese reports for Publishers Weekly on the dialogue that ensued. 

In a press release, Writers Resist put out a call for writers to join the organization’s WRITE THE VOTE campaign, noting more than eighty-five authors have joined the effort’s action committee so far. The committee—whose members include Ada Limón, Eileen Myles, and Carl Phillips—will help Writers Resist plan and publicize WRITE THE VOTE events across the country on March 29 to drive voter awareness and participation. 

Writer Julia Berick and illustrator Jenny Kroik have collaborated on the creation of a literary paper doll of Sula, the protagonist of Toni Morrison’s novel of the same name. In the accompanying essay, Berick muses on the novel’s nuanced representation of friendship between women. (Paris Review Daily)

A profile of Morrison appeared in the November/December 2008 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez discusses weaving together English and Spanish in her debut collection, Coconut Curls y Café con Leche, and sharing her poems with her family. (Rumpus)

The Millions lists ten writers to look out for this spring, including three who are writing in languages other than English: Marcial Gala, Fernanda Melchor, and Ho Sok Fong. 

Margaret Atwood will publish a poetry collection, Dearly, in November this year. Dearly will be her first book of poetry in more than a decade. (Guardian)

Contributors to the January 2020 issue of Poetry offer reading recommendations