New casting platform launches for voiceover industry; Patricia Engel discusses “the interior world of immigration”; Jakob Guanzon reflects on formal constraints; and other stories.
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Jami Attenberg writes about discarded manuscripts; Lily Houston Smith finds redeeming qualities in Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! by Kurt Vonnegut; Brit Bennett reflects on the tragic humor in Passing by Nella Larsen; and other stories.
Mensah Demary to lead Soft Skull Press as editor in chief; Courtney Maum writes about the pressure to develop a social media presence; Book Industry Charitable Foundation opens applications for higher education scholarship program; and other stories.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld withdraws as Dutch translator for Amanda Gorman books; Sophia Stewart celebrates the National Stuttering Association; Jonathan Lethem reflects on writing science fiction; and other stories.
Parul Sehgal looks back at 125 years of the New York Times Book Review; Viet Thanh Nguyen on his follow-up to The Sympathizer; Astra Publishing House announces new literary quarterly; and other stories.
Ibram X. Kendi shares his reading habits; the New Yorker profiles Dickinson creator Alena Smith; One World launches podcast; and other stories.
Shortlists for Lukas Prizes announced; John Freeman remembers Lawrence Ferlinghetti; the Biographers International Organization releases the longlist for its Plutarch Award; and other stories.
Christine Kuan appointed president and executive director of Creative Capital; Brit Bennett and the Riverhead Books team discuss the success of The Vanishing Half; Eula Biss writes on the history of resistance; and other stories.
Sonia Sanchez reflects on her life in poetry and activism; Ed Simon surveys the history of first-person narration; Horror Writers Association announces shortlists for Bram Stoker Awards; and other stories.
John Steinbeck’s waterfront property is up for sale; Emily Dickinson Museum plans ambitious renovations; writers to honor John Keats on bicentenary of his death; and other stories.
Reese’s Book Club launches new “Eat the Book” series; Imbolo Mbue reflects on the writing of How Beautiful We Were; Ghinwa Jawhari writes about teeth and the pandemic; and other stories.
Daniel Halpern to join Knopf as executive editor; We Need Diverse Books launches Black Creatives Fund; Destiny O. Birdsong writes on systemic racism in healthcare; and other stories.
Eleanor Catton reflects on adapting The Luminaries for the screen; two writers launch Black Moon Magazine; Bernard Ferguson writes in praise of Gwendolyn Brooks; and other stories.
Katherine A. Powers reviews audiobooks with multiple narrators; Paisley Rekdal wrestles with the complexities of cultural appropriation; Ottilie Mulzet writes on translation and her identity as an adoptee; and other stories.
New website honoring James Tate launches; Karen Tei Yamashita discusses writing about her Japanese American identity; Zak Salih describes the urgency that fuels his writing; and other stories.
Poetry Coalition announces March programming will focus on environmental justice; Knopf will publish new Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book in May; publishing professionals debate the growing use of moral clauses in book contracts; and other stories.
Bookshop and Bookshop U.K. adjust “pool funds” payment schedule; Ross Gay and Bon Iver collaborate on video poem; A. E. Osworth writes on their fascination with horror media; and other stories.
New scholarships announced for New York University’s summer publishing program; Jeremy Atherton Lin discusses weaving personal and researched histories; Victor Ehikhamenor combs through his father’s archives; and other stories.
Afrofuturist graphic narratives surge in popularity; Hilton Als writes in praise of Tove Ditlevsen; the Margins shares flash fiction horoscopes; and other stories.
Urvi Kumbhat writes on mangoes in South Asian diasporic literature; Dantiel W. Moniz celebrates the physical power of the sentence; Te-Ping Chen explains how working as a journalist helped inspire her fiction; and other stories.
Lisa Lucas acquires new book from Jose Antonio Vargas; Poetry Northwest establishes prize for Indigenous poetry; Lauren Oyler shares her “Grub Street Diet”; and other stories.
Louise Bernice Halfe named parliamentary poet laureate of Canada; Teen Vogue reports on the movement to remove police officers from public libraries; NAACP announces 2021 Image Award nominations; and other stories.
Elizabeth Bernstein advises on reading during the pandemic; classicist Dan-el Padilla Peralta scrutinizes whiteness and racism in his field; Danielle Evans names the books that were essential to the writing of her latest book; and other stories.
Randa Jarrar reflects on writing about traumatic memories; Cherie Jones discusses building complex characters; Jackie Wang explains how her dreams inform her poetry; and other stories.
R. O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell discuss coediting Kink; Jenny Offill reflects on the evolving response to Weather; Michael Dirda recommends books about writers and writing; and other stories.