Edwidge Danticat on DACA, #MakeNovelsModern, 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:

“For those of us who know Dreamers, who live with or near them, who work with them, who love them, it’s puzzling that their value to this country is being so casually discarded.” At the New Yorker, writer Edwidge Danticat argues against Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Tinder is the Night,” “Tess of the D’Uberdrivers,” and “As My Phone Lay Dying”—the Huffington Post rounds up the best replies for its Twitter challenge to #MakeNovelsModern.

Feminist icon and writer Kate Millett has died at the age of eighty-two. A second-wave feminist, Millett was known for her 1970 book, Sexual Politics. (New York Times)

John Williams’s 1965 novel, Stoner, which the New Yorker dubbed the “greatest American novel you’ve never heard of,” is being made into a movie starring Casey Affleck. (Los Angeles Times)

A survey of the U.K. publishing world has found that more than 90 percent of the industry identify as white British and more than 80 percent identify as female. (Guardian)

“I think one of the great beauties of the novel as a form is that it shows us that human nature is the great constant. Human nature is the same in all places, in all times, in all languages. And that makes it great subject of any writer's life, just to try and explore this vast ocean of human beings.” Salman Rushdie talks with NPR about his new novel, The Golden House, which was published on Tuesday.

For more Rushdie, listen to the author in conversation with Porochista Khakpour in the latest episode of Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast.

The city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has declared the childhood home of modernist poet Hilda Doolittle a literary landmark. (Morning Call)

Vogue editors share what they’re looking forward to reading this fall, including new titles from Roz Chast, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Claire Messud.

Ken Gordon offers some advice for humanities majors, especially English majors, on how to transfer their skills—such as the capacity to imagine and draw connections and the ability to detect nuances in language—to the business workplace. (Continuum.com)