Lauren Groff Wins Story Prize, the Stolen Books of Internet Piracy, 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.

Lauren Groff’s Florida has won this year’s Story Prize, which awards $20,000 for a book of short stories. Finalists Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man) and Deborah Eisenberg (Your Duck Is My Duck) will each receive $5,000. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, the Paris Review has announced the winners of its two annual prizes for outstanding contributions to the magazine. The Plimpton Prize for Fiction, which is accompanied by a $10,000 purse, will be presented to Kelli Jo Ford for her story “Hybrid Vigor,” while the $5,000 Terry Southern Prize for Humor will go to Benjamin Nugent for his story “Safe Spaces.” Deborah Eisenberg will receive the Hadada award for lifetime achievement.

The U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office estimates that 17 percent of e-books are consumed illegally, as millions of readers use piracy websites to download books—sometimes at a rate of thousands by the hour—without paying the authors a cent. (Guardian)

“The old poets tell the young students to question everything, and the old poets happen to be the closest and safest thing for the students to call into question.” Edmund Berrigan revisits a 1992 summer at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac Disembodied School of Poetics, and encountering his father’s poetry in workshop. (Poetry Foundation)

Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is coming to the screen for the first time, in a Netflix film to be shot in Colombia in Spanish, with the writer’s sons Gonzalo and Rodrigo García serving as executive producers. (New York Times)

“To be a writer in America today means living a life for which there’s not really a pattern, which is part of why along with the accomplishment and pride you feel today you may be feeling a bit of anxiety, too.” Literary Hub shares author Garth Greenwell’s Bennington College commencement speech.

When L.E.M.S. Life Enrichment Bookstore owner Vickie Williams died in 2017, the Seattle shop—once the only Black-owned bookstore in the state—was forced to sell off its inventory. Now, a University of Washington lecturer and founder of the nonprofit Estelita’s Library, is working with Williams’s godson to revive the store. (Patch)

“Theater training taught me how to build characters from scratch, rather than copy someone else. It also taught how to observe intentionally such things as timing, subtlety and honesty.” Writer and actor Ennis Smith on the productive interplay between his crafts. (Electric Literature)