LA Times Festival of Books Rescheduled, Reinstated Wayne State Employees File Complaints, and More

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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.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been rescheduled from April to October, while the accompanying Los Angeles Times Book Prizes awards ceremony has been canceled. The award winners will still be announced on April 17. 

Annie Martin, Kristin Harpster, and Emily Nowak—the three women who were fired from Wayne State University Press on February 7, then reinstated on February 21—have filed individual complaints against the university with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, alleging discrimination on the basis of race and retaliation. (Publishers Weekly)

“I have changed. The world has changed. My poems’ ways of speaking and directions of looking have changed.” In conversation with Ilya Kaminsky, Jane Hirshfield discusses the evolution of her poetry and her ninth collection, Ledger. (Paris Review Daily)

Mira Jacob talks to Guernica about shame, difficult conversations, and the advantages of the graphic memoir form. “It implicates the reader in a kind of sideways way, so instead of saying, ‘I am writing this for you, the reader,’ the reader is now eavesdropping on a conversation.”

Magazine writer and journalist Alex Halberstadt on shifting gears to write his first memoir, Young Heroes of the Soviet Union. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Fives authors—Paul Lisicky, Kevin Nguyen, Katy Simpson Smith, Jessi Jezewska Stevens, and Julian Tepper—answer the Literary Hub Author Questionnaire.

Harper’s Bazaar highlights fourteen new and forthcoming queer books, including Real Life by Brandon Taylor and Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan.  

Vulture recommends twenty works of fiction about pandemics