Book Club Favorites, Required Reading Recommendations, 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 storie​​​​​​s:

As part of its Big Question series, the Atlantic asks authors, literary critics, publishing professionals, and readers what book or article they would make required reading for everyone on earth.

Simon & Schuster has launched Book Club Favorites, a monthly program intended to promote titles across the publisher’s imprints that are of particular interest to book clubs. The first Book Club Favorites title is Alice Hoffman’s novel, The Rules of Magic, which is published today.

Jaki Shelton Green has been named North Carolina’s first African American poet laureate. Green, who has been an active member of the state’s literary and teaching community for more than forty years, has written eight books of poetry and coedited two poetry anthologies. (Atlanta Black Star)

“He was one of the most significant Russian poets in a century that tragically called forth a lot of poetry.” Masha Gessen remembers the Russian poet Naum Korzhavin, who died Friday at age ninety-two. (New Yorker)

Nearly two-dozen Obama staff members have released memoirs since the former president left office. (New York Times)

From musician Questlove’s memoir to Rachel Kushner’s new novel, BuzzFeed lists fourteen of the best audiobooks that are narrated by their authors.

With her two most recent novels optioned for adaptation, best-selling crime fiction writer Megan Abbott is on her way to becoming “Hollywood’s next big novelist.” (Hollywood Reporter)