Farrar, Straus and Giroux Names Mitzi Angel President, No Shortcuts for Susan Orlean, 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.

Mitzi Angel will succeed Jonathan Galassi as president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, effective January 1. Galassi, who had already passed the role of publisher to Angel in 2018, will be staying on as chairman and executive editor. Angel will be the first woman president of the storied publisher. “It’s really wonderful to have a great legacy to honor, but my attention is also on the future,” Angel told the New York Times.

“Whenever I teach, I always think it must sound funny to students, but I say to them: You have to write every sentence.” Susan Orlean discusses her new essay collection, On Animals, and expresses why there are no shortcuts in the art of writing. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“I want to let Black women know that our lives, our ideas, our work as community activists deserve to be preserved.” Irma McClaurin discusses building and giving her own name to the Irma McClaurin Black Feminist Archive. (Sapiens)

“My hope is to change the way people engage with Hannah Arendt’s life and work. In the public imagination, there’s this very serious view of Arendt in black and white.” Scholar Samantha Rose Hill calls attention to the misunderstood and lesser-known sides of Hannah Arendt. (Guernica)

“I think all of this kind of started with me trying to deconstruct it—what it meant for me to be a Selena fan.” Melissa Lozada-Oliva reflects on the impetus behind her novel in verse, Dreaming of You. (Weekend Edition)

“I don’t want to have a brilliant idea at eighty-seven—but I’m afraid there’s one tickling.” Alan Garner, whose latest novel is Treacle Walker, discusses being a lifelong writer. (Guardian)

Sarah Broom, whose debut memoir, The Yellow House, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, has secured a three-book deal with David Ebershoff at Hogarth. (Publishers Weekly)

The staff at Electric Literature have curated a Halloween reading guide, featuring Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller and The Ghost Variations by Kevin Brockmeier, among other titles.