Editor Robert Loomis Dies, Publishers and Booksellers Apply to Relief Programs, and More

by Staff

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.

Robert Loomis, an esteemed literary editor who worked at Random House for more than fifty years, died on Sunday at age ninety-three. During his tenure at Random House, Loomis edited books by Maya Angelou, Edmund Morris, and William Styron, among many others. He retired in 2011. (New York Times)

Publishers Weekly spoke to indie publishers and booksellers about their experience applying for financial relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. Many were frustrated by the difficulty of securing funds. 

In an interview at the Creative Independent, Emma Ramadan describes the necessary cultural research behind most translation projects: “Your job is to be familiar with that culture, to learn about that culture or that subculture and then render it accurately.” 

At Electric Literature, Souvankham Thammavongsa discusses her story collection, How to Pronounce Knife, and the significance of names

Publishers Weekly highlights the efforts of various literary organizations to provide resources to the community during the coronavirus pandemic.  

“On some days the pain of singledom is like an open wound, and on others I revel in my own autonomy, hugging it to me like a flesh-and-blood companion.” Katharine Smyth reflects on weathering the pandemic alone. (Paris Review Daily)

Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company, has launched a book club. The first pick is How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang. (Kirkus)

In conversation with Jane Ciabattari, Tess Taylor discusses five favorite books, including Wintering Out by Seamus Heaney and Trophic Cascade by Camille T. Dungy. (Book Marks)

And the Daily Shout-Out goes to the Random House team, which is providing personalized book recommendations on Twitter every day this week at 3:00 PM EDT.