David Mamet’s crime novel; the ecopoetry of Don Marquis; a case for negative book reviews; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
PEN announces winners of its 2018 Literary Awards; Khaled Hosseini’s next novel to focus on Syrian refugee crisis; Milo Yiannopoulos drops lawsuit against Simon & Schuster; and other news.
American metaphysical women poets; prisoner-turned-published author sued for cost of his incarceration; Hachette Livre CEO says e-books are stupid; and other news.
Former literary editor recalls the publishing world before #MeToo; Joyce Carol Oates on books that changed her; congressman John Lewis announces new graphic novel series; and other news.
George Washington’s hair found in library book; the importance of rereading; in praise of queer teen fiction; and other news.
Children’s publishing industry reckons with sexual harassment; Audre Lorde’s poetry of self-care; a call to protect the National Endowment for the Arts; and other news.
American Library Association announces winners of Newbery and Caldecott Medals; controversy over Francisco Cantú’s memoir; Washington Post launches best-seller list that accounts for Amazon data; and other news.
Romance audiobook actors on the challenges of the job; class politics of the U.K. publishing industry; original book jackets of fifty risqué literary texts; and other news.
Penguin Random House launches young adult imprint for diverse books; novelist Rumaan Alam joins New York Times Books desk; the poet behind the Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial; and other news.
NEA announces $25 million in grants to nonprofit arts organizations; Jesmyn Ward signs a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster; Edmund White and Edna O’Brien win PEN awards in lifetime achievement; and other news.
Women editors discuss sexual discrimination in the literary world; a new biography of Madeleine L’Engle; poet Claribel Alegría has died; and other news.
Book sales are up in Puerto Rico; a screen adaptation of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run novels in the works; New York Society Library’s borrowing records of famous writers; and other news.
Sigrid Nunez on writing as religion; a history of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; fiction writers on how to write about sex; and other news.
Joe Pan and Kate Angus on running small presses; Israeli poet Haim Gouri has died; Scholastic to launch narrative nonfiction imprint for young adults; and other news.
Muriel Spark’s hundredth birthday; the science of swearing; Penguin Classics reprints six books in honor of Black History Month; and other news.
The limitations of Google Translate; the state-sponsored fiction of North Korea; Atria publisher Judith Curr steps down; and other news.
Rose McGowan’s memoir out today; Alison Bennis White wins Rilke Prize; an award for thrillers with no violence towards women; and other news.
A petition to reinstate nature words in the Oxford Junior Dictionary; a profile of W. S. Merwin; the rise of librarian-journalists; and other news.
An English translation of Saddam Hussein’s romance novel; Krys Lee and Adam Johnson on North Korea; an ultra-realistic animation of poet Robert Burns; and other news.
Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin; Coach House Books poetry editor fired after sexual harassment allegations; an ode to unfinished books; and other news.
Chilean poet Nicanor Parra has died; Publishers Weekly’s most anticipated books of the spring; Sylvia Plath possessions to be sold; and other news.
Mira T. Lee on mental illness; Roxane Gay on the Women’s March; Publishers Weekly makes the case for net neutrality; and other news.
Amy Tan on regretting her most recent memoir; Chinese book publisher seized for criticizing the government; T. S. Eliot’s writing advice to Alice Quinn; and other news.
Javier Zamora on Trump’s decision to end protection of immigrants from El Salvador; travel memoirist Peter Mayle has died; audiobooks on vinyl; and other news.
Ron Padgett receives lifetime achievement award from Poetry Society of America; Elena Ferrante to write column for the Guardian; trailer for PBS’s The Great American Read; and other news.