The Forgotten Novelist, Literary Mathematics, and More


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.

Robert Gottlieb reintroduces readers to Booth Tarkington, a prolific novelist born in Indiana in 1869. Tarkington is one of only three writers who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction twice—his peers are William Faulkner and John Updike—but has since faded into obscurity. (New Yorker)

Catherine Chung compiles a list of ten books that highlight mathematics. “Stories and mathematics have always been woven together in my mind,” she writes. “Two foundational ways of looking at the world, not incompatible but complementary.” Her recommendations include works by Ursula K. Le Guin and Ted Chiang. (Guardian)

Mariana Enriquez considers the life of Silvina Ocampo, a writer from Buenos Aires born in 1903, whose legacy and writing were often overshadowed by her relationships; notably, she was a close friend of Jorge Luis Borges. Enriquez celebrates Ocampo’s writing in addition to her personality, praising her androgyny and radicalness on and off the page, and makes the case that the world might finally be ready to pay the writer her full due. (Literary Hub)

Jameson Fitzpatrick and Diana Hamilton are co-teaching a free workshop at the Poetry Project called “Sentences Are Not Emotional.” At the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, they discuss the impetus behind the course. 

The New York Times interviews Édouard Louis about the many theatrical adaptations of his novels. Two productions will arrive in New York this month. 

Rosebud Ben-Oni talks to the Rumpus about her new book of poems, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, and weaving her family into the collection via music

Two artists are collaborating on a physical pop-up book that employs augmented reality technology to create an animated experience for each page. (Colossal)

Benjamin B. Alexander recently edited Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor & Friends. At the Millions, he shares six interesting details about O’Connor’s life.