Translating Elena Ferrante, Refusing the White Gaze, and More

by Staff

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.

“It takes a great deal of humility and a great deal of courage to represent so closely what an author wrote in the original language.” Ann Goldstein talks to the New York Times about translating Elena Ferrante’s fiction into English, including the anonymous author’s most recent novel, The Lying Life of Adults

“Pharr’s literary voice centered Black voices, mainly people from the margins of American society, depicting their lives in an unvarnished manner with cynicism and hope.” Christopher Smith writes in praise of Robert Deane Pharr’s refusal of the white gaze. (Electric Literature)

“Like the process of using an Instant Pot, flash fiction assembles ingredients, moves swiftly, and its end arrives sooner than expected.” Swati Khurana uses the Instant Pot as a metaphor to introduce a new flash fiction series at the Margins

Book box subscription company Literati is launching five new virtual book clubs helmed by Malala Yousafzai, Stephen Curry, Susan Orlean, Richard Branson, and the Joseph Campbell Foundation. (Publishers Weekly)

“It’s my hope that the collection also models how we might practice radical vulnerability and tenderness toward one another.” Sarah M. Sala reflects on her debut poetry collection, Devil’s Lake, and poetry as a call to action. (BOMB)

“There was just this feeling in the country that there’s this unfinished business.” The New York Times profiles Australian writer Bruce Pascoe, who is known for writing about the nation’s colonial legacy and Indigenous communities. (New York Times)

Krystal Sutherland discusses the experience of having her novel Our Chemical Hearts adapted for the screen. “It’s different tonally to the book, but thematically it’s very similar, and it feels like a very gracious adaptation.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Christopher Ketcham and his eight-year-old daughter, Josie, learn about life and death through gardening and reading E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. (Los Angeles Times)