The Story Prize Finalists, the New Garth Greenwell, and More

by Staff
1.9.20

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.

The Story Prize jury has selected three finalists from a pool of ninety-four submissions: Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat, Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and Grand Union by Zadie Smith. The $20,000 annual prize honors an outstanding short story collection; the winner will be announced on February 26. 

Joshua Barone profiles Garth Greenwell for the New York Times, charting his creative journey from music to poetry to prose. The pair also discuss Greenwell’s forthcoming novel-in-stories, Cleanness, and how it resonates with, and expands out of, his debut novel, What Belongs to You

“Being a parent teaches you a radically different kind of empathy. It teaches you a radically different way to love someone and to care for someone.” Myla Goldberg on her writing process and how becoming a parent both complicated and enriched her creative life. (Creative Independent)

Jamie Beth Cohen talks to the Rumpus about her debut young adult novel, Wasted Pretty. She shares the magic of sitting in on book groups that are discussing the themes and challenges within the story. 

“I want this book to be politically useful.” Anna Wiener on representing the absurdities and very real dangers of the tech industry in her forthcoming memoir, Uncanny Valley. (Guardian)

The Millions previews more than 140 books forthcoming in the first half of 2020. 

Lupita Nyong’o shares her ten favorite books with Vulture. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah top the list. 

Book Marks highlights fifteen of the most anticipated books by LGBTQ authors forthcoming in 2020.