Louise Glück Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, Book Industry Study Group to Hold Discussion on Diversity, and More

by Staff

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.

This morning the Swedish Academy named poet Louise Glück the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature for “her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” Anders Olsson, the chairman of the Nobel Committee, writes, “In her own severity and unwillingness to accept simple tenets of faith she resembles more than any other poet, Emily Dickinson.”

Read more about Glück in “Internal Tapestries,” William Giraldi’s interview with the poet for the September/October 2014 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Book Industry Study Group will hold a public discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion on October 21. Hosted by Tracie D. Hall, the executive director of the American Library Association, the event will include representatives from the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Association of University Presses, and We Need Diverse Books, among other industry groups. (Publishers Weekly)

Simon & Schuster has named Sienna Farris to the new position of director of multicultural marketing to “serve as a company-wide, senior marketing expert and champion for our multicultural publishing.” Farris previously served as vice president of corporate digital marketing. (Publishers Weekly)

City Lit Books in Chicago will close permanently on December 1. Owner Teresa Kirschbraun described operating in the pandemic era as “simply not sustainable, financially or emotionally.” 

“To sit down and write a poem is to practice superstition. To make meaning out of the images that haunt is superstition.” Tyree Daye reflects on the “mythology of birds” that informed his latest poetry collection, Cardinal. (Harriet)

Poet Henri Cole writes in praise of Jamaica Kincaid’s “incantatory sentences” and Louise Glück’s “unsparing clarity” for the FSG Work in Progress blog. 

The New York Public Library has compiled a 2020 Election Reading List with recommended titles for various key issues, including climate change and gun control. (Fortune)

In a conversation at the Los Angeles Times, writers Laila Lalami and Ayad Akhtar discuss their latest books and America in the age of Donald Trump