National Book Award for Fiction Longlist, At Home with Jacqueline Woodson, and More


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.

The National Book Foundation has released the final longlist of the 2019 National Book Awards season: the longlist for the award in fiction. For nine of the ten authors, this is their first time on the longlist. The ten titles include five debuts, two of which are story collections. (New Yorker)

Jacqueline Woodson talks about family history, community, and returning to adult readers with her latest book, Red at the Bone. (New York Times)

Publishers Weekly has awarded Jennifer Baker the 2019 PW Star Watch Superstar award. A production editor at Teachers College Press, Baker is also a writer, a contributing editor at Electric Literature, and the founder and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast. 

Later this fall the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library will reopen in a new building in Indianapolis. Atlas Obscura checks in with museum founder and CEO Julia Whitehead, and reflects on Vonnegut’s childhood and attitudes towards his hometown.

Kevin Barry talks with John Jeremiah Sullivan about the difficulties of being a teenage ginger goth, and his latest book, Night Boat to Tangier, which was longlisted for the 2019 Booker prize. (Paris Review Daily)

Leslie Jamison shares what titles are on her nightstand and the last book that left her furious. (New York Times

At the New Yorker, Lauren Collins highlights a number of films and a new book by journalist Alice Pfeiffer, Je Ne Suis Pas Parisienne, that all challenge stereotypes of French femininity

And in more news for the French literary community, Four Corners of the Heart, a once-lost Françoise Sagan novel manuscript, has been published. (Guardian)