TV Writing Boom, Junot Díaz Denies Misconduct Allegations, 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 storie​​​​​​s:

“If you eavesdrop on any gathering of serious writers, they’re as likely to be discussing Killing Eve or Better Call Saul as they are the latest book by Zadie Smith or Rachel Kushner. Even the University of Iowa is launching TV writing programs this fall.” Joy Press writes for Vanity Fair about authors’ shifting attitudes towards writing for television.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Junot Díaz denies the sexual harassment accusations made against him by several women writers.

“Her work always seems to originate from a place that is not quite earth, where people breathe some other kind of air.” Ariel Levy profiles award-winning fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh. (New Yorker)

“The trans experience is not a monolith, and neither is fiction.” Christina Orlando recommends six transgender novels by trans writers. (Book Riot)

Greta Gerwig is directing a new film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Florence Pugh, and Timothée Chalamet are in talks to star in the film. (Hollywood Reporter)

From the Honesty Bookshop in Wales to the Selexyz Dominicanen bookstore in the Netherlands, consider adding these seven independent bookstores to your literary destinations worth traveling for. (Outlook Traveller)

The latest American Time Use Survey shows a significant decline in leisure reading among Americans since 2004. (Washington Post)