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.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
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.
Judges for 2018 National Book Awards announced; women writers share the books they read when they’re angry; novelist Katherine Faw on her writing process; and other news.
Thirty-five of the best recent books by women; appraising a book in less than thirty seconds; Ann Beattie on writer’s block; and other news.
The Book Thief author Markus Zusak announces new novel; the Florentine haunts of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Claudia Rankine on artistic freedom; and other news.
A case for teaching Little House on the Prairie in schools; Mario Vargas Llosa’s liberal politics; book towns; and other news.
Shakespeare & Co. to open three new stores; Luís Alberto Urrea on his reading habits and favorite books; Sherman Alexie declines award in wake of sexual harassment claims; and other news.
Right-wing activists threaten to burn down Berkeley bookstore; Mohsin Hamid on the importance of reading work aloud; A Wrinkle In Time film adaptation released; and other news.
Poet Lucie Brock-Broido has died; Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist; Like a Woman pop-up bookstore; and other news.
Jonathan Karp promoted to president and publisher of Simon & Schuster; Books at Work brings literature into the workplace; awards from Lambda Literary, Yale, and the New York-Historical Society; and other news.
Jay McInerney’s stint as a fortune-cookie writer; Yanyi wins Yale Younger poetry prize; researcher finds manuscript he believes Shakespeare annotated; and other news.
Jon Parrish Peede to head National Endowment for the Humanities; Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere to be adapted for television; the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks; and other news.
Clint Smith on Black Panther and W. E. B. Du Bois; South Korean poet Ko Un accused of sexual harassment; the most popular book in every state; and other news.
Hachette Audio announces vinyl audiobook series; Ta-Nehisi Coates to write Captain America comics; the rare manuscript that was used as a chopping board; and other news.
National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman on the ethical responsibility of the poet; Poetry Coalition announces second programming initiative; Hillary Clinton to deliver lecture at PEN World Voices Festival; and other news.
Why literature ignores pregnancy; a brick wall built atop Kafka’s The Castle; a roundtable discussion on speculative memoir; and other news.
Napkin poetry; the poetry book all Scotland medical students receive; the comeback of Henry Holt publisher Stephen Rubin; and other news.
Essential Native American novels; true crime research; Jane Austen’s unusual editing tools; and other news.
David Mamet’s crime novel; the ecopoetry of Don Marquis; a case for negative book reviews; and other news.
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.