Publishers Weekly Acquires the Millions, Writing About Motherhood, 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.

PWxyz, parent company of Publishers Weekly, has acquired the online magazine the Millions. The arts and culture website was founded in 2003 by Max Magee, and since 2016 has been edited by Lydia Kiesling. Going forward, longtime PW editor and former Millions associate editor Adam Boretz will helm the Millions; Kiesling will continue to be involved in the website in various capacities. (Publishers Weekly)

“Surely, there’s a way to cut the pie so that I can write about motherhood in a way that takes into account my daughter’s feelings and respects her boundaries. But if I simply cordoned off motherhood as a forbidden subject for my writing, we would never know.” At the Washington Post, Christie Tate navigates the thorny landscape of writing about her kids.

Edgar Hilsenrath, a German Jewish author who was known for his satirical autobiographical novels about the Holocaust, including The Nazi and the Barber, died on Sunday in Wittlich, Germany. He was ninety-two. (New York Times)

The Feminist Library in London has been saved from closure. Founded in 1975, the volunteer-run archive of feminist literature faced the threat of being shut down due to redevelopment plans; supporters raised over £35,000 in donations to help the library move locations. (Guardian)

“I often read before I start writing, and during, too—it’s the best kind of writing break. And reading in bed is a pleasure that has never waned. I read in bed, late at night.” How to read more in 2019, according to authors such as R. O. Kwan, Alice Bolin, Crystal Hana Kim, and more. (Refinery 29)

With a new digital edition of Dante’s Inferno, readers can explore an interactive, illustrated reimagining of the fourteenth-century epic poem. (Open Culture)

A few more book lists for your weekend reading plans: Vulture and Bustle round up a number of noteable titles hitting the shelves in January, including Kristen Roupenian’s You Know You Want This and Stephanie Land’s Maid.

Check out more notable books coming out this month in the latest installment of Page One: Where New & Noteworthy books Begin. (Poets & Writers)