The Growth of Audio Originals, Roxane Gay Talks Books, 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:

Roxane Gay talks with the Guardian about Zadie Smith, incels, diet culture, and her recent memoir, Hunger

With the growth of audio books in the last five years, many notable authors—including nonfiction writer Michael Lewis, biographer Robert Caro, and crime writer Jeffery Deaver—are opting to release their work in audio instead of print. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, at BookExpo, the CEOs of Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin Random House discussed the importance of free speech and the stability of print and digital sales within the publishing indsutry. (Publishers Weekly)

Sue Landers has been named the next executive director of Lambda Literary, which is committed to supporting the work of LGBTQ writers.

Elaine Markson, who was one of the first women to own a literary agency, died last month at age eighty-seven. Markson’s clients included writers Grace Paley, Angela Carter, and Abbie Hoffman. (New York Times)

Nonfiction writer Cutter Wood shares how comedian Richard Pryor’s “amazing way of personifying nonhuman things, inhabiting their points of view and working them into his act,” helped him empathize with the people he writes about. (Atlantic)

The poets shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prizes talk about poetry and protest, literary prize culture, and how poetry can help in hard times. The winners of the prizes will be announced on June 7. (Toronto Star)

Hermione Hoby and photographer Franck Bohbot crisscross New York City to visit fifty indie booksellers in their shops. (Guardian)