Grace Schulman Joins American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hugo Finalists, 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.

“It’s glorious to be elected by people I so admire.” Poet Grace Schulman will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 22, joining the likes of Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and Maxine Hong Kingston. (City University of New York)

The finalists for this year’s Hugo awards have been announced, with nominees for best novel including Mary Robinette Kowal for The Calculating Stars and Yoon Ha Lee for Revenant Gun.

Long Island University Brooklyn has added a low-residency option to its MFA writing program. The first term of the new program begins in June.

Digital book subscription service Scribd has launched the debut title of Scribd Originals, a new exclusive content program. Like the titles to follow, Mueller’s War by journalist Garrett Graff will be available to Scribd subscribers in e-book and audiobook formats. (Publishers Weekly)

Microsoft is closing its e-books platform, marking the end of the company’s third attempt to enter the digital book market. All e-books will be deleted from the Microsoft Edge browser by July 19, and previous purchases met with a full refund. (Popular Mechanics) has added more than three hundred new words and definitions to its website, including “Latinx,” “dad joke,” and “JSYK” (“just so you know”). (Los Angeles Times)

In Los Angeles, the owners of independent bookstore Eso Won Books talk to Literary Hub about their large selection of books on African American history, and hosting Barack Obama before he was president.

Confirming a trend in literary accessorizing observed last week by the Washington Post, Vanity Fair recommends the best novels of the season—and the handbags to match. A $2,250 Prada double bag in red is suggested for readers of Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift, while Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread is matched with an emerald green Bottega Veneta number (price upon request).