Analyzing First Editions, Novels Over Time, Claire Vaye Watkins, and More

James F. Thompson

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:

Amanda Nelson explains the misunderstandings and confusion involved in determining what constitutes the first edition of a book. (Book Riot)

Sam Sacks addresses the treacherous topic of the contemporary state of the novel and the precarious yet undaunted existence of the art form. (New Yorker)

Claire Vaye Watkins wins the Dylan Thomas Prize for her debut story collection Battleborn. (NPR)

In the Millions, author Toni Jordan writes about the creative forces that drive fiction and why she loves literary festivals.

Magdalena Edwards travels to Brazil to research the complex life and loves of poet and author Elizabeth Bishop. (Paris Review)

The Rumpus interviews Royal Young, author of Fame Shark, and dissects the psychological trappings of fame and why so many people crave popularity.

Author Roxana Robinson discusses her latest novel, Sparta, and explores the causes and devastating ramifications of war and destruction. (2paragraphs)

The Huffington Post brings a culinary perspective to understanding author Jane Austen with this recipe for brown butter bread pudding tarts.