Sherman Alexie Accusers Come Forward, Gabriel García Márquez’s Birthday, 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:

On Gabriel García Márquez’s ninety-first birthday, TIME remembers the life of the Colombian author, who defined the genre of magical realism and is featured in today’s Google doodle.

After writer Sherman Alexie issued a statement last week that addressed anonymous allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him in the past few weeks, three women have come forward and gone on the record to accuse him of sexual misconduct. (NPR)

The Creative Independent offers a guide to financial planning for artists, from how to devise a simple budget and choose an investment option to starting a small art business.

The book critics at the New York Times chose fifteen books by women that are “shaping the way we read and write fiction in the twenty-first century,” including books by Sheila Heti, Ottessa Moshfegh, Hang Kang, and Elena Ferrante.

A Shakespeare scholar has found a sixteenth-century source text for Hamlet that might have been annotated by Shakespeare himself. (Guardian)

“If at first you don’t succeed, try Botox.” Novelist Jay McInerney has been writing fortune-cookie fortunes for the past few months. (New Yorker)

The finalists for the first annual Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 award given for a book of fiction published in the previous year, have been announced. Read more at the G&A Blog.

In other award news, poet Yanyi has won the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize for his collection, The Year of Blue Water.