New Award for Black Literary Publishing, British Publisher Tom Maschler Has Died, 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.

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses will introduce a new literary award in spring 2021 to support Black-led presses and presses that publish BIPOC authors. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the inaugural Black Literary Publishing Award will come with a prize of $10,000. (Publishers Weekly)

Tom Maschler, the British publisher who helped establish the Booker Prize, died on October 15 at age eighty-seven. Over the course of his career, which included several decades at the helm of Jonathan Cape, he worked with such notable writers as Gabriel García Márquez, Nadine Gordimer, and V. S. Naipaul. (New York Times)

“It’s my hope that people who put their hands on this book will have some tools to use to counter the devastating things that are happening in this country right now.” Cofounder of the Black Lives Matter movement Alicia Garza appears on NPR to discuss her new book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

“I have heard a number of people say, ‘I wasn’t going to read the novel, because I have read books about immigration before,’ as if each and every journey of arrival is not singular and deserving of our attention.” Angie Cruz reflects on the “galaxy of story and emotion” that informed her latest novel, Dominicana. (Rumpus)

“I was gradually working up my courage and conviction to write books, which has been the thing I wanted to do ever since I was a kid.” Susie Yang recalls leaving the tech industry to write her debut novel, White Ivy. (Wall Street Journal)

“Ignoring the presence of the past is a recipe for disaster because justice requires clarity.” In reading Kindred by Octavia Butler, Koritha Mitchell finds lessons for the pursuit of racial justice. (Avidly)

“I think devotion is a mode for me, certainly in this book.” Sophia Dahlin discusses the emotional and pastoral valences of her debut poetry collection, Natch. (BOMB)

At the Margins, seven writers of young adult fiction reflect on the books that have informed their art.