Three Swedish Academy Members Resign, Junot Díaz on Childhood Trauma, 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:

Three members of the Swedish Academy, the jury that selects the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, have resigned in protest of how the Academy handled sexual assault claims made against a man with close ties to the organization. (Guardian)

“Trauma is a time traveller, an ouroboros that reaches back and devours everything that came before. Only fragments remain.” Acclaimed fiction writer Junot Díaz confronts his childhood trauma. (New Yorker)

New York Magazine marks its fiftieth anniversary this week with an oral history of the publication’s early days.

For National Poetry Month, Bustle presents fifteen protest poets, including Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Khadijah Queen, and the editors of the Bullets Into Bells anthology.  

At Publishers Weekly, Alex Green reports on the growing number of black-owned indie bookstores in the U.S.

The shortlist for the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award has been announced. The winning novel will be announced on June 13.

“The president’s tweet reflects the way novels too often suffer in loose conversation.” Washington Post Book World editor Ron Charles takes the president to task on his tweet claiming the Washington Post is “like a poorly written novel.”