Jacqueline Woodson Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Leaked Excerpts of Book on Trump, 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:

Jacqueline Woodson has been named the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a post awarded by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader. Woodson will focus her two-year term on the platform of “Reading = Hope x Change (What’s Your Equation?).” (Washington Post)

Woodson will succeed Gene Luen Yang, who talked about the role in a recent Q&A with Poets & Writers Magazine.

Fred Bass, who transformed the Strand, his father’s used-book store, into one of the nation’s largest used-book stores, died yesterday at age eighty-nine. Bass started working in the Manhattan store when he was thirteen. (New York Times)

Yesterday the Guardian leaked and New York Magazine published excerpts from Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which include quotes from Steve Bannon calling a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and several Russians in June 2016 “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” Henry Holt will publish the book next week. (New York Times)

The Academy of American Poets has named Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, and Marie Howe its latest chancellors, who will succeed Toi Derricotte, Jane Hirshfield, and Arthur Sze.

Rachel Mennies considers the impact of submission fees in poetry publishing, and asks what a responsible submission-fee model would look like. (Millions)

At Hazlitt, Haley Mlotek examines the preconceptions behind the question, Why do so many women writers hate themselves?