Man Booker Prize Shortlist, New York Times Critics on the Nobel, 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:

The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. The winner of the annual £50,000 prize will be announced on October 16.

Meanwhile, the book critics at the New York Times discuss the Nobel Prize: its effect on their reading habits, the politics behind the prize, and writers who should have won the prize.

After facing serious criticism for his decision to publish an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, Ian Buruma is no longer the editor of the New York Review of Books. (Cut)

New York Media announced it will triple its book coverage across its many outlets, including Vulture, the Cut, and New York Magazine.

Simon & Schuster reports that Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House is the fastest-selling book in its history, with more than 1.1 million copies sold in the book’s first week. (Los Angeles Times)

The Oxford English Dictionary is reaching out to teenagers to decode “slippery teenage slang such as ‘hench’ and ‘dank.’” (Guardian)

Poet Emily Jungmin Yoon talks about writing poems that address the Korean War, watching stand-up comedy for inspiration, and publishing her debut collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species. (Hello Giggles)

Read more about Yoon’s writing process in the latest installment of Ten Questions. (Poets & Writers)