Jonny Appleseed Wins Canada Reads, Deana Haggag Moves to the Mellon Foundation, and More

by Staff
3.12.21

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.

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead has won this year’s Canada Reads, becoming the first book by an Indigenous author to win the competition. Hosted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada Reads invites five celebrities to each defend a book in a series of debates. Actor and filmmaker Devery Jacobs represented Jonny Appleseed.

Deana Haggag will join the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as program officer for its arts and culture division. She is departing United States Artists after four years as president and CEO.

“We had never done a virtual event. Never. As I’m writing this, we’ve now done well over one hundred, but this was the first.” Jeff Martin of Magic City Books in Tulsa recalls the last-minute effort to pull off a virtual event with Erik Larson in the early days of the pandemic. (Literary Hub)

Dr. Seuss books saw a bump in sales last week after the announcement that Dr. Seuss Enterprises would no longer publish six of the author’s titles due to offensive content. (Publishers Weekly)

Topic Studios is adapting Writers and Lovers by Lily King for the screen. Actress Toni Collette will direct the project. “l couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing Lily King’s beautiful, funny, moving novel to life,” she said. “It’s an empowering story that speaks to me as a woman and an artist.” (Deadline)

“By summer, I’d grown and given away more than three hundred plants, and by fall, that number doubled.” Kristen Radtke shares a comic about becoming a “plant lady” during the pandemic. (Elle)

“Having a new baby, especially a first baby, is a very isolating and individual experience, but there’s so much about it that’s universal.” Julia Fine explains how she came to write The Upstairs House, a ghost story about postpartum life. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

The New York Times recommends six new paperbacks, including The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich and The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré.