Grove Atlantic Raises Entry-Level Salary, James Baldwin’s Social World, 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.

Grove Atlantic has raised its entry-level salary for full-time staff members to $40,000. The independent publisher also announced the formation of a new six-member executive committee—made up of existing senior staff members—to assist with the “day-to-day running of the company and larger business decisions.” (Publishers Weekly)

Nancy Hass writes about James Baldwin’s social world, examining the author’s connection to Toni Morrison, Miles Davis, and Marlon Brando, among other figures. (T: The New York Times Style Magazine)

“We started dreaming about what it would look like if women writers of color were given the space and freedom to write anonymously so they wouldn’t have to perform what is expected of them.” The editors of The Ferrante Project: The Freedom of Anonymity discuss the genesis of the unconventional anthology. (BOMB)

“I wanted to write from a lived life, and to use that life as the lens through which I looked at the economic system. Instead of imposing the system on the life, I wanted to impose the life on the system.” Eula Biss reflects on analyzing capitalism from a personal lens in her new book, Having and Being Had. (Rumpus)

“I’m against the idea of coming up with a single blueprint for the future.” Aaron Benanav, the author of Automation and the Future of Work, discusses the labor crises of the contemporary age. (Believer)

“Often in my short stories I begin with an impulse—a stray image or idea—and feel wonderfully unburdened when I start.” Te-Ping Chen charts the origins of her short story “Shanghai Murmur,” which recently appeared in the Atlantic

Bon Appétit editor in chief Dawn Davis interviews author Bryan Washington about his literary and culinary lives.  

Pantheon Books is scheduled to publish Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, a new novel by Wole Soyinka—his first to be published in forty-eight years—in September. (Publishers Weekly)