Statue of Poet Radnóti Miklós Destroyed, Margaret Atwood Remembers Doris Lessing, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Margaret Atwood remembers Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing, who died yesterday at age ninety-four. (Guardian)

According to reports in Hungary, right-wing extremists have destroyed a statue of poet Radnóti Miklós and are burning his books. Radnóti Miklós died during the Holocaust and was the subject of the 1989 film Forced March. (Kapcsolat)

Drawing from his new book My Mistake: A Memoir, veteran editor Daniel Menaker looks behind the curtain of the publishing industry. (Vulture)

Meanwhile, authors Roxane Gay, Ayelet Waldman, Julia Fierro, Adelle Waldman, and Lydia Millet discuss sexism in literary culture. (Brooklyn Based)

In light of recent high-profile titles that venture over five hundred pages—including Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire—Laura Miller explains: “Long novels have never, ever been out of favor with readers.” (Salon)

In an excerpt from The Writer’s Notebook II, author Elissa Schappell offers advice on story endings. (Tin House)

Jacob Mikanowski considers the possibilities and problems of the digitization of literature. (Los Angeles Review of Books)