Brooklyn Public Library Names Inaugural Poet-in-Residence, Allison Hill Urges Readers to Shop Indie, and More

by Staff
10.5.20

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.

Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, the author of Slingshot, has been chosen as the inaugural poet-in-residence for the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). Receiving time, space, and a stipend from the library, as well as mentorship from Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang, Johnson will help the BPL develop its poetry collection and programming. “As we embark on a complex year ahead, collaborating with Cyrée will bring compassion, innovation, and great humanity to the many diverse populations the Brooklyn Public Library serves,” said Chang. 

“Shopping local now will ensure that the places you love, like the corner bookstore where you met your partner, taught your child to read or discovered the book that changed your life, will still be there in the new year.” Allison K Hill, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, urges readers to shop at their local independent bookstore. (Los Angeles Times)

Publishers Weekly checks in with the owners of Book Club, an independent bookstore and wine bar in New York City, as the shop approaches its first anniversary. “It’s not just about selling books, it’s about having a space where people can talk, read, have some wine, and sit and enjoy a book for a few hours,” says co-owner Nat Esten. 

Derek Mahon, a beloved Irish poet, died on Friday at age seventy-eight. Reflecting on the loss, fellow Irish poet Paul Muldoon described Mahon as “the unlikely laureate of the Protestant working class of North Belfast, whose lives he got down with the warmth and precision of a Dutch master.” (New York Times

After a hiatus of several years, editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen are resurrecting Monkey Business, a literary journal for English translations of Japanese literature, under a new abbreviated name, Monkey. And in more Japanese literary news, the thirteenth annual Japan Writers Conference is taking place this weekend via Zoom. (Japan Times)

Jenna Bush Hager has selected Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam as her October book club pick. (Today)

The Millions highlights its most-anticipated books of October, including White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad and A Woman, A Man, An Outline of a Plan by Sarah Kasbeer. 

Amy Brady recommends new books that address the crisis of climate change. (Literary Hub)