Laura Ingalls Wilder Memoir to be Published This Fall, Teju Cole on Race in America, 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:

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s memoir of frontier life, which inspired her Little House on the Prairie series, will be published for the first time this fall as Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. According to the Associated Press, the book's “not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry, and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk off whiskey." Wilder and her daughter, the author Rose Wilder Lane, attempted unsuccessfully to get the autobiography published throughout the early 1930s. (NPR)

At the New Yorker, Teju Cole considers racism in America through the lens of James Baldwin’s "Stranger in the Village."

Iranian poet and women’s rights advocate Simin Behbahani—known as the “Lioness of Iran”—has died at the age of eighty-seven. Forbidden from leaving Iran for the past four years, Behbahani was known for writing poems that criticized censorship and the lack of freedom of expression in her home country. She was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. (Guardian)

“I wrote fiction for seventeen years before I found out I was a fantasy novelist. Up till then I always thought I was going to write literary fiction, like Jonathan Franzen or Zadie Smith or Jhumpa Lahiri. But I thought wrong.” Lev Grossman writes about finding his voice in fantasy. (New York Times)

With its downtown location shuttering at the end of August, Shakespeare & Co., one of New York City’s most iconic independent bookstore chains, may be at risk of closing entirely. (Publishers Weekly)

Book Riot asks the editors of Graywolf Press, New Directions, Coffee House Press, and NYU Press which books they are currently reading, what they’re excited to read, and the books they would most recommend.

In the latest installment of the Atlantic’s By Heart series—in which authors discuss their favorite passages in literature— Sean Wilsey, author of the essay collection More Curious, makes a case for humor in literature.

Minnesota author Stephen Eirik Clark talks about his debut novel, Sweetness #9—which recently received the coveted Colbert Bump—as well as being a Hachette author during the publisher’s battle with Amazon, and the culture of food anxiety. (MinnPost)