National Antiracist Book Festival, Lost Sequel to A Clockwork Orange, and More

by Staff
4.26.19

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 inaugural National Antiracist Book Festival is set to launch at American University in Washington, D.C., tomorrow. Founded by National Book Award–winner Ibram X. Kendi, the festival will host discussions featuring nearly fifty authors and publishing professionals, including Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim and writer Jacqueline Woodson. (Publishers Weekly)

An unfinished “sequel” to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange has been discovered in the author’s archive. Part philosophical reflection and part autobiography, “The Clockwork Condition” explores the controversy that accompanied Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of Burgess’s 1962 novel. (Guardian)

In Criccieth, Wales, locals have finally noticed the celebrity in their midst: Jan Morris, the ninety-two-year-old essayist, historian, and journalist who covered the 1953 ascent of Mount Everest, underwent almost unheard of gender-confirmation surgery in 1972, and whose latest work, In My Mind’s Eye, was serialized on the BBC radio last year. (New York Times)

“What I’m really hoping is not only to divide readers from each other but to split within themselves.” Novelist Ian McEwan on his new book, Machines Like Me, and the moral questions posed by our pursuit of artificial intelligence. (Los Angeles Times)

The Tony Award–winning playwright Mark Medoff has died at age seventy-nine. Medoff was the author of thirty plays, including the groundbreaking Children of a Lesser God, which provided deaf actresses with a starring role. (NPR)

At the Rumpus, poet Dorianne Laux discusses the journey of mastering one’s craft. “I think every poem that you write is the inspiration for the next poem that you are hoping to write—more clearly, more succinctly, utilizing more images, pulling back on the narrative and allowing the images to tell the story, or holding back from inserting yourself as a narrator and telling the story. There are so many things to get better at.”

“What kind of psychological shift do we need to enact in order to address climate change in a productive way, and what kind of stories should we be telling to foster that kind of psychology?” Michael Svoboda joins fellow critic Jeremy Deaton and authors Omar El Akkad, Roy Scranton, and Ashley Shelby in a discussion about the representation of climate change in literature. (Guernica)

And at NPR, poet Franny Choi reads from her new collection, Soft Science. Choi describes how artists of color are supporting one another and how new readers can join “this big party that we’re starting.”