Knausgaard on the Nature of Literature, New Susanna Clarke Forthcoming, and More


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.

At Literary Hub, Karl Ove Knausgaard writes in praise of Jon Fosse and ponders the nature of literature. Fosse’s work endures, writes Knausgaard, because of “the presence in the writing of a human spirit.” 

Fifteen years ago, Susanna Clarke was widely celebrated for her debut book, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which won the Hugo Award for best novel and was longlisted for the Man Booker prize. Clarke’s long-anticipated second novel, Piranesi, is now set to be published in September next year. (Guardian)

Independent publisher Jacaranda Books is at work on a new nonfiction series, “A Quick Ting On,” which will explore and celebrate Black British culture. The Guardian caught up with the young writers behind the series, and previews some of the topics: the Black power movement in Britain, a personal and political history of the afro, and more. 

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Kimberly King Parsons, whose story collection, Black Light, has been longlisted for a National Book Award, discusses Texas, first sentences, and her emphasis on voice.  

Shonda Buchanan talks to the Rumpus about the research process for her memoir, Black Indian, and the goal to “expand, reclaim, and celebrate the narratives of the African American experiences as well as the American Indian experiences.”

The author of novels, nonfiction, and young adult literature, the ever-prolific Edwidge Danticat talks to Karissa Chen about her creative evolution and how her new story collection, Everything Inside, came to life. (Electric Literature)

NPR speaks with Tracy Chevalier inside Winchester Cathedral, a central location and site of inspiration for her historical novel, A Single Thread

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