Hanif Abdurraqib profiles Natasha Trethewey; Nation Books changes its name; NEH announces $14.8 million in grants; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Michelle Obama adds more dates to book tour; Michael Wolff among highest-paid authors of 2018; a plea to buy more books in Brazil; and other news.
John le Carré’s next novel tackles division and rage; Beinecke Library acquires David Sedaris papers; the contested legacy of Atticus Finch; and other news.
Curtis Sittenfeld signs a deal with Audible Originals; Patricia Lockwood wins Thurber Prize for Humor; Tracy K. Smith on poetry and politics; and other news.
Gwydion Suilebhan announced as PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s new executive director; Russian writer Andrei Bitov had died; Joyce glasses and Yeats book fetch high prices at auction; and other news.
Teju Cole joins Harvard creative writing faculty; Ingram rumored to make bid to buy Baker & Taylor retailing arm; New Yorker and Vulture critics share their favorite books of 2018; and other news.
New York Times critics on their favorite books of 2018; online distribution platform Ganxy will close; James Frey wins Bad Sex in Fiction award; and other news.
Writers on their favorite books of 2018; Mystery Writers of America rescind prize from Linda Fairstein; Jericho Brown and Tracy K. Smith talk poetry; and other news.
Michelle Obama’s Becoming is the best-selling book of the year; how to get a book deal from your Instagram account; the case for quitting a book; and other news.
Booksellers concerned about holiday inventory; three recent thrillers by women about female rage; Sally Rooney’s Normal People named Waterstones book of the year, and other news.
Attorneys in Barnes & Noble lawsuit to meet this week; Electric Literature launches Electric Eel; a profile of Brigid Hughes; and other news.
Barry Jenkins calls on Hollywood to adapt more Black literature; Abrams cancels graphic novel after criticism; short fictions inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe; and other news.
The next generation of Black publishing; longtime librarian of Congress James H. Billington has died; Meg Wolitzer on feminism and fiction; and other news.
Barnes & Noble will open ten to fifteen new stores in 2019; BuzzFeed News surveys more than 1,400 librarians about their work; a store of rare Black books opens in Atlanta; and other news.
Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman has died; Ida Vitale wins Miguel de Cervantes Prize; the New Yorker interviews Rachel Cusk; and other news.
An open letter to Elena Ferrante; Dan Brown on how to write a bestseller; Hilton Als on Ntozake Shange; and other news.
George Saunders weighs in on American politics; Jonathan Franzen offers ten rules for novelists; writers recommend books that represent America; and other news.
Washington Post’s Best Books of 2018; CLMP’s Leppendorf passes the torch to Gannon; Poetry Daily moves to George Mason University; and other news.
Advice from the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35; the massive success of author Rachel Hollis; the second annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival; and other news.
Kirkus announces Best Fiction of 2018; Amazon publishes new series of original “cli-fi” stories; J. K. Rowling sues former assistant; and other news.
Novels that get to the truth of World War I; Amazon’s Best Books of 2018; Soho Press cofounder Juris Jurjevicz has died; and other news.
Another member of the Swedish Academy quits amid scandal; Nicolas Mathieu wins France’s Goncourt Prize; a new book of stories by late Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz; and other news.
Author events canceled amid threats to free expression in Hong Kong; “single-use” named Collins Dictionary’s 2018 word of the year; Virginia rep Denver Riggleman’s book of bigfoot erotica; and other news.
Lifetime greenlights Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta; Haruki Murakami plans an archive in Tokyo; Ottessa Moshfegh on sadness and sensitivity; and other news.
Twelve unapologetically angry women in literature; Javier Zamora on getting his green card in a climate of anti-immigration; Don DeLillo on grappling with the future of America through fiction; and other news.