Fall Books, New Yorker Pulls Steve Bannon as Festival Headliner, 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:

The New Yorker has pulled Steve Bannon as a headliner of its annual festival after many high-profile stars, including John Mulaney, Judd Apatow, Jack Antonoff, and Jim Carrey, dropped out. (New York Times)

As part of Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s Future Library project, South Korean writer Han Kang will write a book that will only be seen by Kang until it is published in 2114. (Guardian)

Vogue, Publishers Weekly, and the Washington Post recommend books to read this fall.

“I would try to get the reader to feel bad for me and it turned out that it doesn’t really work on the page.... So what I had to do was go back into the stories that weren’t working and understand where my part in them was.” Lisa Brennan-Jobs chats with NPR about her new memoir, Small Fry.

Essayist Chelsea Hodson talks about social media, privacy, friendships, and her debut essay collection, Tonight I’m Someone Else. (Creative Independent)

Hodson shares more about her essay collection in a recent installment of Literary MagNet.

“Is Orlando the first English language trans novel? It is, yet in the most playful way.” Jeanette Winterson considers Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando. (Guardian)

Ellen Barry profiles twenty-seven-year-old novelist Sally Rooney, who has been called the “arrival of millennial fiction” and the “Jane Austen of the precariat.” (New York Times)

Penguin Random House is partnering with HeadCount to launch community nights and voter registration initiatives in bookstores. (Publishers Weekly)