Seeking Structural Change in Publishing, Sally Rooney Resists the Culture of Authorship, and More

by Staff
8.30.21

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.

“If diversity is your concern in the workplace, your analysis has to include labor, you know what I mean? It has to include exploitation. You have to make sure that you’re not replicating the type of exploitation that already exists.” Astra House editor Danny Vazquez seeks structural change in publishing that includes consideration of both race and class. (Creative Independent)

In a profile at the New York Times, Sally Rooney discusses the writing of her third novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, and the trials of fame. “The culture around authorship is not really benefiting anyone,” she says,” even the people whom it appears to be benefiting the most.”

In more literary news from across the pond, Penguin Classics UK has launched Green Ideas, a series of twenty short books that constitute a “new canon” of writing on the environment and climate change. Featured authors include Robin Wall Kimmerer, Naomi Klein, and Greta Thunberg. (Guardian)

“It is too cruel to ask if it hurts more the first or second time a homeland is lost. I know one never becomes numb to it.” Novelist Nadia Hashimi writes about the enduring trauma of the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan and grieves the most recent resurgence of the Taliban. (NPR)

Jesse Dorris reports on how eBay’s recent policy change limiting the sale of “sexually oriented materials” poses a threat to the preservation of archival queer publications, erotica, and ephemera. (New Yorker)

“Women like my mother don’t post their lives online: They live offline, they eat offline, they struggle offline. Often, their stories remain untold and undocumented.” Aaisha Bhuiyan writes in praise of her mother and considers the unique challenges facing independent South Asian immigrant women. (Margins)

“Summer is still hot, and so are the book covers.” Emily Temple of Literary Hub selects her favorite book covers of the month, including the designs for Alexandra Kleeman’s Something New Under the Sun and Kat Chow’s Seeing Ghosts.

“These Malaysian women writers are changing the game by insisting on the value of their stories and perspectives.” Samantha Chen uncovers the diversity of literature by Malaysian women writers. (Electric Literature)