Isabel Allende Wins Lifetime Achievement Award, Great Sentences, 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:

The National Book Foundation has announced it will award its 2018 lifetime achievement award to Isabel Allende. (AP)

“What can celebrated writers teach the rest of us about the art of writing a great sentence?” The Guardian analyzes the sentences of notable writers from John Donne and Virginia Woolf to Maggie Nelson and Annie Dillard.

A Dutch theater company has adapted Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life for the stage. (New York Times)

Barnes & Noble has opened a new bookstore in Columbia, Maryland, which is the latest of its new prototype stores that are smaller and feature more ways for visitors to find books. (Publishers Weekly)

“When it became hard to chat with Max for fifteen minutes, it remained easy to be honest with him about his poems. It was the most humane common denominator we could keep.” Poet Elizabeth Metzger describes working with Max Ritvo on his last poems. Milkweed Editions published a posthumous collection by Ritvo, The Final Voicemails, this week. (Literary Hub)

Read Dorothea Lasky's interview with Ritvo a few months before he died in August 2016. (Poets & Writers)

Vulture considers the rapidly growing and increasingly competitive audiobook market.

Ian Buruma, who left his post as editor of the New York Review of Books earlier this week after publishing a controversial essay by Jian Ghomeshi, has published an essay in the Dutch outlet Vrij Nederland, claiming he was “convicted on Twitter, without any due process” and pressured to resign after university presses threatened to pull their ads. A spokesperson for the review has denied many of Buruma’s claims. (Cut)