Book Tariffs in Trade War With China, Issa Rae Options Tayari Jones Novel, 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.

In the most recent round of tariffs on Chinese imports imposed by the Trump administration, books printed in China are among the goods that face a potential 25 percent tariff. (Publishers Weekly)

Insecure creator Issae Rae has optioned Tayari Jones’s 2011 novel, Silver Sparrow, for the screen. Jones’s most recent novel, An American Marriage, is also headed for the big screen: Oprah Winfrey announced plans to adapt the award-winning novel last July. (Los Angeles Times)

In the United Kingdom, Guy Gunaratne has won Swansea University’s International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut novel, In Our Mad and Furious City. The annual £30,000 (approximately $38,452) award honors the best literary work published in English during the previous year by a writer aged 39 or under. (Guardian)

“You know these meetings are a tryout. The people at them are gonna be your collaborators, your co-conspirators, the people you start businesses and families with.” Yahdon Israel of Literaryswag and other book club aficionados weigh in on the new era of reading groups. (New York Times)

“I’m driven to write toward a question, toward an unknown, toward a knot that needs to be untangled. That’s what makes me write—something uncomfortable or unresolved.” Anna Moschovakis talks to the Creative Independent about publishing her debut novel, Eleanor, Or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, after many years of working as a poet.

The finalists for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards for poetry and fiction have been announced. The shortlist includes the poetry collection Negative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku (translated from the Albanian by Ani Gjika) and the novel Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori). The winners will be announced on May 29. (Millions)

Unimpressed by the recent movie remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, Dixa Ramírez D’Oleo returns to the 1989 film adaptation of the classic horror novel and is newly awed by “how much the film revolves around white patriarchal anxiety over land.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)