Oprah’s Book Club Pick, Lammys Announced, 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:

Oprah has chosen Anthony Ray Hinton’s prison memoir, The Sun Does Shine, for her book club. Hinton spent thirty years on death row for crimes he did not commit until he was released in 2015. (CBS News)

The winners of the Lambda Literary Awards, which are given annually to LGBTQ writers, were announced last night in New York City. Carmen Maria Machado, Roxane Gay, CAConrad, and John Rechy were among the winners.

In other award news, George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo won the Audiobook of the Year award at the Audio Publishers Association’s annual Audie Awards.

As part of the New Yorker’s annual fiction issue, Jeanette Winterson, Rivka Galchen, Mohsin Hamid, Chang-rae Lee, and Rachel Kushner meditate on parenthood.

Is The President Is Missing, the thriller written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, any good? The New York Times says yes, the Washington Post says no.

Amazon will open three more brick-and-mortar bookstores in Los Angeles; Bethesda, Maryland; and Lone Tree, Colorado. (Los Angeles Times)

Former New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani has written a book about the current political moment titled The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump, which will come out next month. (Vanity Fair, Penguin Random House)

A judge has ruled against romance author Faleena Hopkins’s attempt to trademark the word cocky in book titles. (Publishers Weekly)