Elias Khoury responds to the recent explosion in Beirut; the Los Angeles Times Book Festival will move online; Hazel Carby revisits the archival documents she consulted while writing Imperial Intimacies; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
The board of the National Book Critics Circle elects a new president; a Beirut bookseller describes the damage to her shop from Tuesday’s explosion; Alexis Soloski unpacks H. P. Lovecraft’s legacy; and other stories.
Camille Dungy will serve as poetry editor at Orion; Marc Rivers considers Toni Morrison’s legacy, one year after her death; layoffs at Hudson News; and other stories.
Legendary journalist, editor, and author Pete Hamill has died; Morgan Jerkins reflects on navigating African American histories; community members organize literary silent auction to raise funds for racial justice organizations; and other stories.
Book industry associations collaborate to provide healthcare coverage to members; James Silberman, editor of James Baldwin and other literary luminaries, has died; Ellen Bass reflects on the essence of poetry; and other stories.
Raven Leilani reflects on her path to becoming a writer; Molly Fischer profiles queer writer and activist Sarah Schulman; Boston Poetry Marathon moves online; and other stories.
A reading list curated by Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities; Meena Kandasamy highlights poems by women warriors; Natalie Adler on reading or not-reading during times of crisis; and other stories.
Irenosen Okojie wins the 2020 AKO Caine Prize; poet Destiny O. Birdsong on sexual violence; Derek Walcott’s early months in New York City; and other stories.
Kate Reed Petty calls for a reimagining of digital literary events; Stan Parish finds a silver lining after losing his laptop; Susan Briante on moving beyond witnessing; and other stories.
Richard Russo warns against normalcy; Scott O’Connor on the narratives contained within data; Martha Gonzalez on sustainable movement work; and other stories.
Nkosi Nkululeko on the arts of poetry, chess, and music; Publishers Weekly profiles literary agent Tana McKinnon; Catherine Lacey shares the central question behind her new novel, Pew; and other stories.
National Book Critics Circle to vote on removal of board member Carlin Romano; Viet Thanh Nguyen and Pankaj Mishra discuss Black Lives Matter; Ibram X. Kendi calls for revolutionary politics over gradualism; and other stories.
Pandemic fuels book sales at retail giants such as Walmart and Target; Trask Roberts examines the history of unauthorized translations; Lily Meyer reviews new pandemic writing; and other stories.
Susan Orlean revisits her viral tweets; Susan Barba on honoring the earth; Porochista Khakpour discusses Brown Album; and other stories.
Dan Crowe and Matt Willey plan new annual literary magazine; Lauren Beukes compares her fictional pandemic with reality; Margot Harrison reflects on cyber horror; and other stories.
David James Poissant on attempting to write a timely novel; the Guardian seeks nominations for its “Not the Booker” Prize; Adrian Tomine on turning inward in his new graphic memoir; and other stories.
Vintage Español to publish Spanish edition of Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist; Andrew Martin reflects on ordering the stories in Cool for America; Miah Jeffra talks decolonizing artmaking; and other stories.
The movement to free poet Varavara Rao; Ann and Jeff VanderMeer on the evolution of modern fantasy; Marisa Silver talks character development; and other stories.
Antiracism training with Robin DiAngelo; Literary Hub highlights the best books still forthcoming this year; Preety Sidhu recommends novels that center essential workers; and other stories.
The Transpacific Literary Project to publish new folio on monsoons; three writers with disabilities reflect on difficult conversations; new bookstore owners in Chicago learn the ropes mid-pandemic; and other stories.
Jia Tolentino on the pandemic, politics, and protest; Layla F. Saad on approaching anti-racist work with intention; Carlos Fonseca recalls the images that informed Natural History; and other stories.
Corinne Manning on writing about abuse; Orwell Foundation announces 2020 prizewinners; Stephen Epstein discusses his path to literary translation; and other stories.
Comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson to launch her own imprint; Simon & Schuster hosts memorial for Carolyn Reidy; Patricia Lockwood on surviving COVID-19; and other stories.
“A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” stirs controversy; Elyzabeth Joy Holford to lead Vermont Studio Center; Lee Williams considers the legacy of code-switching; and other stories.
M. M. Carrigan discusses the future of Taco Bell Quarterly; Ashleigh Bryant Phillips celebrates rural narratives; Sarah Gerard talks creative partnerships and love affairs; and other stories.