Emily Nemens Named Editor of Paris Review, Guggenheim Fellows Announced, 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:

Emily Nemens has been named the new editor of the Paris Review. Nemens, who is currently a coeditor of the Southern Review, succeeds Lorin Stein, who resigned last December due to allegations of sexual misconduct. (New York Times)

The Guggenheim Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual fellowships. Nine poets, seven fiction writers, and seven nonfiction writers won the prestigious fellowships this year.

Madeleine McIntosh has been named the CEO of Penguin Random House US, a new position created by the publishing house to “align the U.S. business with other Penguin Random House territories around the world.” Allison Dobson will step into McIntosh’s current role as president of Penguin Publishing Group. (Publishers Weekly)

Khadija Abdalla Bajaber has won the inaugural Graywolf Press Africa Prize, given for a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing in Africa. Bajaber will receive $12,000, and Graywolf will publish her novel, The House of Rust, in 2020.

Paul Theroux, Susie Boyt, and Amit Chaudhuri share what’s inside their notebooks and how they translate their notes into books. (Guardian)

The New York Times visits Richard Kostelanetz at his unconventional bookshop that is open only once a month in an old knitting factory in Ridgewood, Queens. The warehouse holds nearly 25,000 books and is outfitted with “countless bookshelves and an infinity pool that allows [Kostelanetz] to swim naked after midnight before he goes to bed.”

Elderly library patrons have come up with their own codes for keeping track of which books they’ve read at the Charleston Library in Dundee, Scotland. (Atlas Obscura)

Xiaolu Guo, who recently won a National Book Critics Circle Award for her memoir Nine Continents, talks to the Guardian about the book that changed her life (Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch), the author she thinks is most overrated (Dickens), and the book that changed her mind (Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring).