The New York Times reports on the controversy surrounding Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s recent essay; novelist Paula Woods writes about her relationship to Juneteenth; Meredith Maran celebrates contemporary women writers invested in sexual liberation; and other stories.
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Six novels have been shortlisted for the 2021 Miles Franklin Award; Oprah’s Book Club to read The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris; Ginny Hogan finds insights on toxic masculinity in Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School; and other stories.
Season two of Marlon & Jake Read Dead People is coming; Jonathan Lee writes about the renewed popularity of historical fiction; Leanne Shapton talks making interdisciplinary art; and other stories.
The Yeats Society in Sligo, Ireland, appeals for donations; Kristen Arnett discusses exploring queer motherhood in With Teeth; Elizabeth Gollan reconnects with her ancestors’ staple foods; and other stories.
Quntos KunQuest describes writing his debut novel while serving a life sentence; Anne Valente writes about learning “to call things what they are”; Jane Hu reflects on friendship after the pandemic year; and other stories.
Clare Sestanovich writes about chance encounters; Matthew James Seidel begins reading Toni Morrison’s books in publication order; María José Ferrada discusses writing her first novel for adult readers; and other stories.
Alexandra Huỳnh recalls the moment she was named National Youth Poet Laureate; HarperCollins temporarily rebrands Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles; Alex DiFrancesco explains their interest in monstrousness; and other stories.
Scholastic chairman and CEO M. Richard Robinson Jr. has died; memorial service scheduled for Pantheon editor Dan Frank; Michael Kleber-Diggs reflects on using poetry to process difficult experiences; and other stories.
M. Leona Godin writes about “the tradition of the blind bard”; Adam Bradley shares reflections on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man; more than one hundred queer and trans authors recommend LGBTQ books; and other stories.
Scholars seek access to Philip Roth’s private papers; Vintage to release unpublished story collection by Walter Tevis; Larissa Pham discusses writing with her younger self in mind; and other stories.
Kundiman curates Pride reading list; Kate Zambreno reflects on the urgency that fueled her latest book; Karen Tucker discusses writing about opioid abuse; and other stories.
Used booksellers devise program to provide royalty payments on used book sales; Hyphen Media branding draws scrutiny; Casey McQuiston writes about learning to embody queerness on her own terms; and other stories.
Tom Lin claims and subverts the Western genre; the winners of this year’s London Book Fair International Excellence Awards; Francisco Goldman reflects on writing autofiction; and other stories.
The Florida Times–Union spotlights Jacksonville authors Deesha Philyaw, Dawnie Walton, and Dantiel Moniz; Los Angeles Times staff pay homage to Eric Carle; Maya Abu Al-Hayat describes the spirit of Ramallah, Palestine; and other stories.
Richard Jean So discusses his data-driven examination of literary whiteness; Yang Huang writes about the anguish of revision; TODAY spotlights two doctors who include poetry in patient care; and other stories.
The Kenyon Review reveals 2021–2023 fellows; Publishers Weekly announces Bookstore of the Year and Sales Rep of the Year distinctions; B. Pietras considers Alice Munro’s treatment of queer characters; and other stories.
Bryan VanDyke reflects on remembering and forgetting books; T Kira Madden discusses the joys and life lessons gleaned from cooking; Jalal Barjas has won this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction; and other stories.
New Jersey bookstore offers diverse inventory and much more; Publishers Weekly surveys booksellers on new masking guidelines; Valeria Luiselli has won this year’s Dublin Literary Award; and other stories.
Zakiya Dalila Harris discusses her ambitions for The Other Black Girl; Elisabeth Egan writes about the unique pleasures of summer reading; Hannah Howard advises on how to write about taste; and other stories.
Critic Michael Dirda luxuriates in a long bookstore visit; roundtable demystifies the process behind book-to-film adaptations; Viking announces posthumous novel by John le Carré; and other stories.
Ailsa McFarlane relishes “a certain type of imperfection” in writing; Texas Commission on the Arts announces next two state poet laureates; sales executive Paul Von Drasek has died; and other stories.
Family Books in Los Angeles closes storefront; Molly McGhee writes about how America profits off the dead; Torrey Peters seeks to be “open to beauty’s true power”; and other stories.
Three poems by Palestinian writer Maya Abu-Alhayyat; Brenda Peynado explains her affinity for fabulism; Kristen Radtke reflects on American loneliness; and other stories.
Ben Philippe considers the “light trauma of having been the Black friend in white spaces”; art imitates life in Jim Shepard’s new book; Valerie Stivers tries her hand at a historical novel’s puddings; and other stories.
Simon & Schuster donates to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to honor the memory of Carolyn Reidy; Tao Lin of Muumuu House gathers remembrances of Giancarlo DiTrapano; Arya Roshanian celebrates Jhumpa Lahiri’s ever-evolving career; and other stories.