Restructuring Publicity and Marketing at Riverhead and Viking Penguin, Organizers Cancel New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, 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.

Citing “tremendous growth” at Riverhead and Viking Penguin, the Penguin Publishing Group has decided to no longer pool the imprints’ marketing efforts and instead create imprint-specific marketing and publicity departments. Jynne Dilling Martin is leading both marketing and publicity at Riverhead, while Kate Stark is overseeing the teams at Viking Penguin. (Shelf Awareness)

Due to concerns about the Delta variant and travel restrictions, the sixty-first annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair has been canceled. “We, like you, are disappointed that the fair cannot go on, but for everyone’s safety—our exhibitors, staff and public—we have made the difficult decision to cancel,” said organizer Sanford Smith. The fair had been set for September 9 to 12. (Art Newspaper)

“You can’t achieve comprehensive social justice without disability justice.” Kendra Winchester has curated a reading list on disability justice, including Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Exile and Pride by Eli Clare, among other titles. (Book Riot)

“The early months of the pandemic had me struggling with long-form prose; it seemed I could only take in poetry and plays. Now I’m working my way back to big novels.” Alice McDermott offers a glimpse into her reading life in the latest installment of By the Book at the New York Times.

“If I have to be this tour guide, let me be a tour guide to show America to my mother, rather than show the Islamic community to American readers.” Nawaaz Ahmed, the author of Radiant Fugitives, reflects on audience, family, and faith. (Electric Literature)

“It is a book that required me to let everything in, to look at Arezu’s individual trauma as inseparable from the wounds of history and migrancy.” Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi discusses the different layers of her latest novel, Savage Tongues. (Paris Review Daily)

“It was almost like there was a room in my brain and I had lost the key to open the door to the room.” Leigh Stein talks to NPR about beginning to write poetry again during the pandemic, after many years focusing on prose.

Hatty Nestor, the author of Ethical Portraits: In Search of Representational Justice, and Nathalie Olah, the author of Steal as much as you can, trade notes on how to fight for social change. (Granta)