Women’s Prize for Fiction Announcement Postponed, Asian American Writers’ Workshop to Host Publishing Conference, and More

by Staff
6.15.21

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.

Due to the extension of pandemic restrictions in the U.K., the winner announcement and award ceremony for the Women’s Prize for Fiction have been postponed from July 7 to September 8. “The advantage is that this gives us a further two months to promote our incredible shortlist and help these six exceptional novels find their way into the hands of readers who’ll love them,” says Kate Mosse, the founder and director of the prize. (Bookseller)

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) will host Page Turner, an all-virtual publishing conference bringing together “experts and authors across industries and genres,” on Saturday, June 26. The schedule includes a keynote by Matthew Salesses and numerous panels, such as “The New Editorial Vanguard” and “Screenwriting and Writing for Television.” “The return of AAWW’s long-running publishing conference serves as a necessary stake in the ground for writers who work every day to articulate the multidimensional narratives that make up the very idea of Asian America,” says Jafreen Uddin, the executive director of AAWW.

Writer Marlon James and his Riverhead Books editor, Jake Morrissey, speak to the Los Angeles Times ahead of the release of the second season of their podcast, Marlon & Jake Read Dead People. “We are talking about books the way other people talk about sports,” says Morrissey.

“It’s increasingly clear that the historical novel is being embraced and reinvented.” Jonathan Lee writes about the renewed popularity of historical fiction, pointing to books by Hilary Mantel, Colson Whitehead, and Kaitlyn Greenidge, among others. (New York Times)

“However it happens, it happens. You just have to really work hard. Nobody says you have to have a set routine.” Writer and visual artist Leanne Shapton talks about gut feelings, experimentation, and interdisciplinary artmaking. (Creative Independent)

“I feel like language is a tool for exploring the underground, the layers of rock underneath the assumptions and messages that are being communicated.” Poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama discusses his relationship to language. (Millions)

“A twist fails if you haven’t sold the character or the world enough. You have to hypnotize the reader into believing the story is one thing—then you change the rules, and that’s scary.” Zakiya Dalila Harris, the author of The Other Black Girl, reflects on the art of the twist ending. (Vulture)

A previously unaired profile of James Baldwin shot for ABC 20/20 in 1979 has been made available by A Closer Look, Inc., a nonprofit that uses film and outreach campaigns to address health and social justice issues. (Literary Hub)