Publishing Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors, Read in Color Initiative Arrives in Detroit, and More

by Staff
7.26.21

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.

At Publishers Weekly, industry gatekeepers reflect on their respective strategies to support and publish Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. “Everyone in publishing knows of the need and the demand for books that better reflect the world we live in and the people around us, and that includes greater AAPI representation,” says Cindy Hwang of Berkley.

Little Free Library and Brilliant Detroit are working together to install fourteen library boxes stocked with diverse books across Detroit. The installation is part of Little Free Library’s Read in Color initiative, which has rolled out in several cities across the country. (Literary Hub)

NPR speaks with authors who published books during the pandemic, observing that it was especially difficult for debut authors to find their audience. “The publishing industry only gives you one bite of the apple,” says Aimee Liu, the author of Glorious Boy, which was published in May last year. “They immediately write you off if you don’t sell big on your first book.”

“I literally would not be writing anything if I was not obsessed with reading lyrics. I think that’s what sparked my interest in creative writing.” Kendra Allen, the author of The Collection Plate, discusses how music, family, and spirituality inform her writing. (Paris Review Daily)

“Places in conflict produce fiction: Fiction is where all the anxieties and discontent, the dissatisfactions and fears of a society, filter down.” Juan Gabriel Vásquez talks to the New York Times about rendering and anticipating the volatility of Colombian reality in his story collection, Songs for the Flames.

Advance Democracy has raised concerns that Amazon’s search algorithms are facilitating the sale of books that feature climate change misinformation. (Los Angeles Times)

Catherine Baab-Muguira examines “A Chapter of Suggestions,” a little-known essay by Edgar Allen Poe that “sounds a lot like contemporary self-help.” (Millions)

Alix Ohlin, the author of We Want What We Want, recommends short stories that “opened up the way I think about desire and its impossibilities.” (Electric Literature)