Chinese Writer Tianyi Jailed for Ten Years, Thanksgiving Reads, 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.

Chinese writer Tianyi has been sentenced to ten and a half years in jail for publishing a gay erotic novel. The sentencing has ignited controversy; many people on social media have pointed out that crimes such as rape and manslaughter often carry shorter jail sentences. (South China Morning Post)

In advance of Thanksgiving tomorrow, Vulture recommends seven new audiobooks “designed to take your mind off the stress of figuring out what to say to your weird uncle.”

For more literary listening, check the latest episode of Ampersand: The Poet & Writers Podcast, which features Susan Orlean, Barbara Kingsolver, Natasha Trethewey, and more.

Barnes & Noble announced that it will open ten to fifteen new stores in 2019. (Publishers Weekly)

Nearly 1,400 librarians share the weirdest thing they’ve been asked on the job, the coolest projects they’ve worked on, the most common misconceptions about their work, and more. (BuzzFeed News)

A geologist attempts to map out Karl Ove Knausgaard’s life as depicted in his six-volume series, My Struggle. (Millions)

Rosa Duffy has opened a shop of rare and classic Black books in Atlanta named For Keeps. (Atlanta Magazine

Roald Dahl’s last book, My Year, a diary that includes memories of his childhood and observations of the flora and fauna around his home in Buckinghamshire, has been republished after decades out of print. (Guardian)

Daily News will return on November 26. We wish our readers a happy Thanksgiving!