National Book Award Longlist in Fiction, Secret Library Apartments, 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, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Tommy Orange, and Jamel Brinkley are among the ten longlisted writers for this year’s National Book Award in fiction. The National Book Foundation announced the longlists in young adult literature, poetry, nonfiction, and translation earlier this week. (New Yorker)

Orange and Brinkley were featured in the latest installment of the Poets & WritersFirst Fiction” feature. Thompson-Spires was featured in the “The Business of Relationships,” and Lauren Groff was profiled in the July/August issue.

Mark Tauber, a former senior vice president and publisher at HarperOne, will join Chronicle Books as the managing director of a new nonfiction imprint launching in Fall 2019. (Publishers Weekly)

Photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra spends time picnicking, attending balls, and walking through the countryside in full Regency dress with the Jane Austen Pineapple Appreciation Society. (Guardian)

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers has won the seven-figure bidding war between more than ten editors for Katy Pool’s young adult debut, There Will Come a Darkness. (Entertainment Weekly)

Sarah Lyall considers the enduring influence of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. (New York Times)

Atlas Obscura tours the secret apartment inside Manhattan’s Fort Washington Library.

A group of publishers has called out Target for redacting words such as “transgender,” “queer,” and “Nazi,” from the product descriptions of books. (Publishers Weekly)

Vanessa Hua considers the explosion of Chinese American literature that subverts the Chinese immigrant story. (Paris Review)