Kamila Shamsie Wins Women’s Prize for Fiction, Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Novel, 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:

Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Home Fire, which retells the tragedy of Antigone through the story of a British Muslim family and its connection to ISIS. The annual £30,000 award is given for a book of fiction written by a woman and published in the previous year. (Guardian)

Famous Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written a novel, which Doubleday will publish in March, to coincide with Ferlinghetti’s hundredth birthday. (New York Times)

Editor Jordan Pavlin at Knopf has beat out thirteen other bidders to acquire the rights to Lara Prescott’s debut novel, We Were Never Here, for seven figures. The novel offers a fictional account of the publication of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel, Dr. Zhivago. (Publishers Weekly)

“I don’t really spend a lot of time caring about the audience, especially when I’m writing. I think that’s a creativity killer.” Poet Victoria Chang talks about her writing and revision process. (Guernica)

Spectrum News NY visits Enrico Adelman, a sidewalk bookseller in New York City who befriended the late Philip Roth in the 1980s. Roth signed thousands of his books for Adelman, who is now selling some of them where he met Roth—on the sidewalk outside of Zabar’s on the Upper West Side.

David Sedaris on the best advice he ever received, the first piece he ever wrote, and what he struggles to write about. (Times Literary Supplement)

Daniel Radcliffe will star in a Broadway adaptation of The Lifespan of a Fact, a book written by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal about fact-checking D’Agata’s essay about a teen who committed suicide in Las Vegas. (Variety)

The Iowa City Press-Citizen looks back on the forty-year history of the iconic Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City.