The President Is Missing Has Banner First Week, Feminize Your Canon, 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:

The President Is Missing, the thriller cowritten by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, had a banner first week in sales, selling more than 147,000 hardcover copies. Penguin Random House reports that the thriller is the best-selling adult hardcover novel since Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. (Washington Post)

The Paris Review has launched a new monthly column, Feminize Your Canon, to explore the work and lives of “underrated and underread female authors,” starting with British novelist Olivia Manning.

Rosebud Ben-Oni rounds up the recent poems, interviews, and books of CantoMundo fellows, including Suzi F. Garcia, Ruben Quesada, and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal. CantoMundo is an organization dedicated to Latinx poetry and poetics. (Kenyon Review)

In the latest installment of the New York Times’s By the Book column, Michael Ondaatje shares his favorite books, poets-turned-novelists, and writers.

Walt Hunter considers the quotation of Shakespeare in legal contexts, including a federal judge’s recent ruling against the Department of Justice’s attempt to withhold funding from the city of Philadelphia for refusing to cooperate with strict immigration policies. (Atlantic)

The Rumpus interviews Chris Kraus about the art world versus the literary world, the myth of the cowboy, and her recent book, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography.

Are publishers in the right to add morality clauses to authors’ contracts? Claire Armitstead considers the treatment of writers in the wake of personal scandals. (Guardian)

Fiction writer A. M. Homes discusses the private versus the public self, the influence of Edward Albee, and her recent story collection, Days of Awe. (NPR)