Zadie Smith Mourns the Seasons, $6 Million Donated to the New York Public Library, 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 stories:

Zadie Smith mourns the impact of climate change on England’s weather. (New York Review of Books)

In response to novelist Hanif Kureishi’s recent dismissal of creative writing programs, Jeanette Winterson, Gary Shteyngart, Chang-Rae Lee, Michael Cunningham, and other authors offer advice to emerging writers. (Guardian)

A six-million-dollar donation to the New York Public Library was announced yesterday, as demonstrators gathered to protest a plan to renovate and remove research materials from the library's main branch in midtown Manhattan. (Melville House)

Meanwhile, a study by the Pew Research Internet Project has found that a majority of Americans—almost 80 percent—are utilizing libraries regularly. (NPR)

La Casa Azul bookstore in East Harlem, New York, is coordinating donations to community members affected by Wednesday’s building explosion in the neighborhood. (Shelf Awareness)

Animator Jesse Benjamin has created a cartoon adaptation of a McSweeney’s humor piece by author Mike Lacher titled “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero." (GalleyCat)

The Millions has released a list of February's ten bestelling books, with Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch still topping the chart.

Author Leslie Jamison and poet Adam Kirsch square off over the question of happiness in writing. (New York Times)