Independent Bookstores Adjust to Online Market, Thirtieth Annual British Book Awards, 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.

As independent bookstores adjust to managing more online orders, some booksellers are feeling frustrated by customers who expect the efficiency and speed of Amazon. Publishers Weekly checks in with workers about how they work through conflicts with customers. 

The winners of the thirtieth annual British Book Awards were announced on Monday. Candice Carty-Williams won the book of the year prize for her debut novel, Queenie, while Bernardine Evaristo was named author of the year. The two writers are the first Black authors to win in these categories. In a piece published today, Carty-Williams shares why she feels conflicted about her historic win: “Instead of celebrating myself, I’m going to celebrate the books by Black authors that came before me, that deserved just as much attention. The ones that deserved to be book of the year.”  (Guardian

Malcolm Tariq, the author of Heed the Hollow, writes a letter to his former professor Dr. Rudolph P. Byrd and remembers lessons from his classroom: “I can’t let myself forget that Black expression saves Black lives.” (Paris Review Daily)

Jennifer Baker celebrates twenty-four new and forthcoming books “that show the full complexity of Black communities.” (Electric Literature)

“The people who are different from you or who you would never meet in your normal life actually have the most to teach you.” Laura Munson, the author of Willa’s Grove, discusses crossroads and building community. (Rumpus)

Sanaë Lemoine recalls how a yearlong novel workshop with Victor LaValle helped inform her craft and the writing of her debut novel, The Margot Affair. (Millions)

NPR host Steve Inskeep shares how his reading tastes have evolved over time. (New York Times)