Authors Name Their Favorite Children's Books, Report From Selected Shorts, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Philadelphia Weekly is petitioning the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Commission to honor the late Isaac Asimov by placing a historical marker at his home in Philadelphia. (GalleyCat)

In case you missed it, Dwight Garner profiled Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy author John le Carré for the New York Times Magazine. Garner met with the famed octogenarian spy writer in Cornwall, England.

It seems New York's Hudson Valley is a great place for independent bookstores. (Shelf Awareness)

Poet Charles Simic discusses decades of reading his poetry in venues across the country. (New York Review of Books)

Danny Heitman examines the extraordinarily successful career of poet Carl Sandburg, who "once wrote a poem to which, on television, Gene Kelly danced." (Humanities)

Jami Attenberg was fascinated with D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths; Emma Straub loved The Story of Ferdinand. Brooklyn Magazine asked authors about favorite children's books.

In this exclusive video from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Jonathan Lethem discusses his next novelDissident Gardens.

Volume 1 Brooklyn reports from the field, attending Selected Shorts at Symphony Space last week, which featured Gary Shteyngart, Etgar Keret, BD Wong, Parker Posey, Alex Karpovsky, Denis O’Hare, and Willem Dafoe.

The reading series at Housing Works Books has a podcast!