Riverhead to Publish New Paula Hawkins Novel, Notable Books of 2016, 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:

Riverhead Books has acquired the anticipated new novel from Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins. The suspense thriller, titled Into the Water, will be published on May 2, 2017. Since its 2015 release, The Girl on the Train has sold more than six millions copies in the U.S. (Publishers Weekly)

Thirty songwriters and visual artists—including Bon Iver, Tom Waits, and Nick Cave—have contributed to a book project called Stories for Ways and Means, a three-hundred-fifty-page book of illustrated stories and accompanying short films. Proceeds from the project benefit two children’s literacy organizations. (Rolling Stone)

Dan Chiasson considers how Emily Dickinson’s process of writing on envelopes and salvaged scrap paper created her idiosyncratic composition. “What the scraps suggest to me is more radical: they are a unique category of verbal notation, significant both for their literary power and for their physical appearance on the page.” (New Yorker)

Novelist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie discusses the intersections of feminism and fashion. (New York Times)

“We refuse to disappear. We keep our commitments to fairness in front of the legislators who oppose us, lock arms with the ones who are with us.” Novelist Barbara Kingsolver writes about post-election America and how people can move forward. (Guardian)

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 184th birthday of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott.

It’s almost December, which means the year-end book lists are here, including the New York Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2016 and the Guardian’s Best Books of 2016