Writing for Housing Justice, Reading List for Mass Incarceration, and More


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.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor spoke with the Nation about “housing under capitalism” and how racism has always defined American housing policy. Her book, Race for Profit, was longlisted for the National Book Award in nonfiction last week. 

At the Millions, Marie Myung-Ok Lee recommends five books that concern mass incarceration in the United States, including Solitary, a memoir by Albert Woodfox, which was also longlisted for the National Book Award in nonfiction. 

The Paris Review has shared the first preview for season two of the quarterly’s podcast. The new iteration will include archival recordings and contemporary readings, and features the voices of Jenny Slate, Sharon Olds, and Tennessee Williams, to name a few. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss The Water Dancer, choosing the book's title, and finding the novel’s heart. 

“I wrote this book, got all the way to the end, read it, hated it, threw it away and started over. And I mean completely.” Ann Patchett talks to Time about The Dutch House, revision, villains, and the tricks of memory. 

Book Riot considers recent work in the digital humanities employing algorithms to pose questions about gender in literature.  

In the latest installment of the New York Times By the Book series, Jeanette Winterson, whose new novel, Frankissstein, was longlisted for the Booker Prize, shares why “language is everything,” and answers who she’d invite—living or dead—to a literary dinner party. 

Sol Stein, author and founder of the publishing house Stein and Day, has died at age ninety-two. A close friend of James Baldwin’s since high school, Stein helped edit Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son. (New York Times)