Workman Publishing to Join Hachette Book Group, Elliott Holt Recommends Rereading, and More

by Staff
8.17.21

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.

The independent publisher Workman Publishing—home to Algonquin, Timber Press, and several other imprints—is being sold to the Hachette Book Group for $240 million. While the deal will not be completed until the fall, the parties are under a “binding commitment.” Workman CEO Dan Reynolds will remain at the helm of the group once it is established at Hachette, while executive chair and president Carolan Workman intends to retire. (Publishers Weekly)

“Revisiting the same poem every day is the antithesis of the attention economy; instead of scrolling along the surface, I’m diving deep beneath it.” Novelist Elliott Holt recommends rereading a single poem every day for a month to enable a deeper noticing of sound and meaning. (New York Times Magazine)

“A journey only starts once we recognize the futility in planning it—if we accept it for what it is, instead of what we wish it would be.” Struggling with infertility, Kristin Wong finds comfort in the words of strangers during her John Steinbeck–inspired road trip. (Outside)

“After the last year, I want to remember what art or writing can do in the face of grief or absence, the ways this practice can be a form of retrieval or reincarnation or mending.” Gazing at the sutured fruit skins created by the artist Zoe Leonard in the nineties, Jordan Kisner is moved by the “refusal to let go of what must go.” (Paris Review Daily)

“My writing life is not particularly discrete from the rest of my life. In part because the more I’m with it, the more it’s just holding the questions that I have, period.” Ross Gay describes the ethos of his writing practice. (Creative Independent)

Maurice Carlos Ruffin offers a window into his reading and writing lives, past and present. “My love of books started with comics. I loved reading Chris Claremont’s run on Uncanny X-Men in the eighties and early nineties.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“I can feel your fear for the future now, but please, do not worry. It will turn out fine.” Writer and filmmaker Achiro P. Olwoch pens a letter to her younger self. (Guernica)

The Millions recommends four new titles landing in bookstores this week, including Gordo by Jaime Cortez and Against White Feminism by Rafia Zakaria.