The Sympathizer Slated for Adaptation, Harriett’s Bookshop Announces Relocation Plans, and More

by Staff
7.16.21

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.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, which won the Pulitzer Prize, is due to be adapted for television by HBO and A24. Park Chan-wook will serve as director and Robert Downey Jr. has signed on as a cast member and executive producer. The lead role—the book’s anonymous narrator—has yet to be cast. (Deadline)

Bookseller and activist Jeannine A. Cook is planning to move Harriett’s Bookshop to a new location that will provide her with nearly three times more space. Before completing the transition, she intends to renovate with the store’s namesake in mind: “It will be designed to historically replicate the time that Harriet Tubman spent in Philadelphia in the 1800s.” (Shelf Awareness)

A Q&A with Cook appeared last year in Poets & Writers Magazine.

Poets Charlotte Abotsi and Sarah Kay have been revealed as the cocurators of the second season of Ours Poetica, a YouTube series produced by the Poetry Foundation and Complexly in which guests perform a reading of a beloved poem. 

In partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and United States Artists, the Ford Foundation will host the first-ever Disability Futures Virtual Festival to honor the inaugural class of Disability Future Fellows on Monday and Tuesday next week. The entire program is free and open to the public.

M. Leona Godin wrote about the first class of Disability Futures Fellows in this year’s January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

“If you hear people talking about how unbearable writing is and think there might be something wrong with you because you earnestly enjoy it, come over here and sit with me.” Jasmine Guillory reasserts the pleasure of writing. (Catapult)

David Margolick considers how Walt Whitman might have reacted to the New York City subway system. “I’d bet he’d have regarded the subterranean tube running the length of Manhattan as another open road, equally worthy of praise.” (New York Times)

“At what point does it cease to be an act of creative and meaningful appropriation—the everyday material of life, in other words—and become an act of plagiarism, committed in bad faith?” Sam Riviere reflects on the questions of authorship, plagiarism, and community at play in his debut novel, Dead Souls. (Believer)

“I think a lot through texts. I often refer to a line or a passage or a moment as a way to explain to somebody how I’m feeling or to refer to something I want to communicate.” Anuk Arudpragasam, the author of A Passage North, discusses his literary and philosophical influences. (Paris Review Daily)