University Press of New England to dissolve; a case for getting a graduate degree in creative writing; Jake Tapper’s fiction debut; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Maine high school student and asylum-seeker sues NEA over right to compete in Poetry Out Loud; Jhumpa Lahiri on translating Italian novelist Domenico Starnone; girdle books; and other news.
James Comey on his new political memoir; U.K. author goes undercover at an Amazon warehouse; Scott Rudin countersues Harper Lee estate over Broadway play; and other news.
Norton launches its first children’s imprint; Susan Orlean’s next book will be a love letter to libraries; a year’s worth of copyrighted works to enter the public domain; and other news.
Somaliland poet sentenced to three years in jail; the growing popularity of literature about identity; thirty new books for a literary summer; and other news.
Studying poetry under J. D. McClatchy; Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s remains rediscovered in a wine cellar; the Restoration’s filthiest poet; and other news.
Writer deported on her way to PEN World Voices Festival; twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Jennifer L. Knox on censorship in the poetry workshop; and other news.
Poet J. D. McClatchy has died at age seventy-two; Obama’s last summer reads as president; Circe author Madeline Miller on women in mythology; and other news.
National Library Week; Frank O’Hara’s ongoing influence in the art world; Spanish-language online bookstore to launch in U.S.; and other news.
An oral history of New York Magazine; protest poets to read during National Poetry Month; promising growth of black-owned indie bookstores in the U.S.; and other news.
Leadership changes at Penguin Random House; Khadija Abdalla Bajaber wins inaugural Graywolf Press Africa Prize; an unconventional bookshop in a knitting factory; and other news.
Anelise Chen defines autofiction; Twitter accounts that impersonate writers; the most well-preserved section of the Iliad; and other news.
Joan Silber Wins PEN/Faulkner Award; Chinese government cracks down on Hong Kong booksellers; women on male authors describing women; and other news.
The “literary heart of America” is in Virginia; Barnes & Noble launches book app; Weike Wang wins PEN/Hemingway Award; and other news.
Fifty new writers to watch; Elizabeth Ebert, the “grand dame of cowboy poetry,” has died; NPR’s Twitter poetry challenge; and other news.
Anita Shreve has died; Meg Wolitzer’s new novel; championship rounds of literary March Madness; and other news.
A takedown of Sean Penn’s debut novel; the similarities between Frank O’Hara and Notorious B.I.G.; Publishers Weekly’s bookstore of the year; and other news.
Publishing veteran Judith Curr to join HarperCollins; Folio Prize finalists announced; teaching poetry during March Madness; and other news.
Lorrie Moore talks humor and her new essay collection; Penguin Random House reports a stable year in sales; independent booksellers criticize Chronicle Books over John Oliver book rollout; and other news.
Lawyers weigh in on the Broadway To Kill a Mockingbird lawsuit; 24 percent of adult Americans didn’t read a book last year; America’s most widely misread poem; and other news.
Angie Thomas wins Waterstones Children’s Book Prize; Lauren Cerand joins A Public Space; Lena Waithe in conversation with Jacqueline Woodson; and other news.
Congress proposes increased funding for NEA and NEH; Whiting Award winners announced; a case against prescribing books as therapy; and other news.
Tracy K. Smith on what she’s reading; booksellers defend the University Press of Kentucky; Michael Chabon writes an ode to David Lynch; and other news.
Books by James Comey and John Oliver vie for top spot on Amazon’s best-seller list; finalists for Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award announced; novelist Alex George will open a bookstore in Columbia, Missouri; and other news.
A reading of Rachel Carson’s writing on the sea; the finalists for the $10,000 Four Quartets Poetry Prize; candles inspired by books; and other news.