Inaugural Cohort of Letras Boricuas Fellows, Booksellers Treu and Lukes Honored by Publishers Weekly, and More

by Staff
11.17.21

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.

Twenty Puerto Rican writers have selected to receive the inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund. Conceived to “identify, elevate, and amplify the voices of emerging and established Puerto Rican writers on the island and across the United States diaspora,” the program offers each fellow an unrestricted grant of $25,000 and the opportunity to connect with other recipients. Eight fellows were selected for fiction, four for nonfiction, seven for poetry, and one for children’s literature.

The winners of this year’s PW Star Watch are booksellers Gretchen Treu and Wes Lukes, who own and operate A Room of One’s Own in Madison, Wisconsin. Sponsored by Publishers Weekly, the initiative aims to celebrate “up-and-coming creatives in the book business.” Jim Milliot of Publishers Weekly praised the honorees: “Gretchen and Wes have stayed true to the spirit of A Room of One’s Own, continued to nurture diversity and updated its mission to include social justice efforts and fundraising.”

The cover for Douglas Stuart’s Young Mungo was revealed this morning on Oprah Daily. The Booker Prize–winning author also offered a glimpse into his writing process: “I write slowly, brick by brick, layer by layer, mortaring over the sections I’ve just done, smoothing each piece down before I move on.” Young Mungo is due out from Grove Press in April.

“The more I learned about the world of humans—the pain they can cause each other, the fighting and the guilt—the more I turned to sharks.” Nonfiction writer Rebecca Flowers finds solace in the world of sharks. (Guernica)

“Disappearing into his handwriting—which, at first, was pretty impossible to read—was like slipping into a portal onto his past.” Jonathan Lee describes the archival research that informed his most recent novel, The Great Mistake. (Kirkus)

Deadline reports that the television adaptation of Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman Is in Trouble will feature actress Lizzy Caplan.

“I wanted to be a mind reader or psychiatrist when I was a kid. So now I make up all these people and get to know them.” Farah Ali, the author of the story collection People Want to Live, discusses her approach to character, structure, and endings. (Bomb)

“Often, I’m spurred to write into spaces where I’m a little unsure of my identity.” Peter Ho Davies explains how writing has helped him explore his identities and heritage. (Rumpus)

Poets & Writers Magazine recently published an excerpt from Davies’s The Art of Revision: The Last Word.