Seattle Celebrates City of Literature Title, Writers Call Out Poet Joseph Massey, 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:

Tomorrow Seattle will celebrate its official designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. Crosscut speaks with Seattle literary organizations about the four-year process to procure the title and the city’s literary culture.

Several women have gone on the record and accused poet Joseph Massey of online harassment, physical assault, verbal abuse, and psychological abuse. The accusations follow an anonymous letter detailing Massey’s behavior that was sent in January to the presses and literary organizations that worked with Massey. In March, Massey withdrew his forthcoming book with Wesleyan University Press from publication. (Outline)

Book sales are off to a good start this year, with three major publishers reporting modest growth in the first quarter of 2018, mostly due to audiobooks and backlist titles. (Publishers Weekly)

A new book and documentary about F. Scott Fitzgerald claims that Westport, Connecticut, not Great Neck, Long Island, inspired the setting of Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. (New York Times)

“He was known for his charm, his temper, his savvy, his smoking, and for the relentless dynamism he brought to an industry that often preferred to react or sit still.” Mark Krotov remembers publisher and former Penguin CEO Peter Mayer, who died earlier this month at age eighty-two. (n+1)

Writer Jennifer Egan is working on a companion book to her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad.

Graphic novelist Nick Drnaso talks with the Guardian about his film inspirations, the importance of privacy, and his new book, Sabrina.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards. The winners include filmmaker Jordan Peele and writers N. K. Jemisin and Martha Wells.

The Japanese artist Monde has transformed bookends into small recreations of Japanese alleys. (Colossal)