Candice Carty-Williams reflects on a historic win; Malcolm Tariq remembers lessons from a beloved professor; Jennifer Baker recommends new and forthcoming books by Black authors; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
The New York Times will begin uppercasing “Black”; some U.K. libraries prepare to reopen; Saidiya Hartman reflects on writing as an act of building home; and other stories.
Six Black British poets reflect on poetry and protest; R. O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell discuss editing a literary anthology about kink; the American Booksellers Association and Out of Print debut literary face masks; and other stories.
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation announced the winners of its higher education scholarships; writers recommend texts on race and racism in America; Shelf Awareness turns fifteen; and other stories.
Carter Sickels on finding a model for queer masculinity in The Outsiders; Emily Bernard reflects on raising her daughters amid ongoing anti-Black violence; Melissa Faliveno examines gender identity language; and other stories.
Masatsugu Ono discusses translation and foreignness; the Poetry Society of America announces award winners; four writers celebrate Black queer narratives; and other stories.
James Parker on the redemptive power of Seamus Heaney’s work; NPR opens its summer reading poll; Sharlene Teo offers writing advice; and other stories.
The remaining board members at the National Book Critics Circle identify next steps; Aracelis Girmay reflects on talking about whiteness and police brutality to children; James Bradley considers confronting ecological loss through fiction; and other stories.
Alicia A. Wallace finds a blueprint for liberation in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower; Colson Whitehead reflects on politics and the pandemic; the winners of the Trillium Book Awards were announced; and other stories.
The Justice Department attempts to block the publication of John Bolton’s memoir; We Need Diverse Books and Penguin Random House announce scholarship winners; Brandon Taylor reflects on anxiety in the present era; and other stories.
The Guardian reports on the #BlackoutBestsellerList campaign; Michael Roberts appointed interim executive director at the Center for Fiction; Vogue profiles Tayari Jones; and other stories.
Dali Adekunle criticizes the dehumanization of essential workers; Genevieve Hudson shares their coming out story; Fitzcarraldo Editions celebrates six years in business; and other stories.
Amistad Press launches #BlackoutBestsellerList campaign; Brit Bennett discusses publishing a book during a time of protests and pandemic; Camille Dungy reflects on beauty and suffering; and other stories.
Noreen Tomassi retires from the Center for Fiction; poet Roger Robinson on poetry and activism; Jean Kyoung Frazier talks fantasy and slackers; and other stories.
Hanif Abdurraqib launches ’68 to ’05, a playlist and music archival project; Cameron Awkward-Rich on grieving and protesting Tony McDade’s death; Zadie Smith to publish essay collection written during early months of pandemic; and other news.
Candice Carty-Williams critiques the gatekeepers of publishing; ZORA celebrates its first anniversary; Vallaire Wallace finds lessons for activism in a novel by Nina Revoyr; and other stories.
Fellows and collaborators seek reform at Fine Arts Work Center; English PEN awards nineteen translation prizes; Nic Stone and Kim Johnson discuss racial justice in the world and in young adult literature; and other stories.
Parul Sehgal writes in praise of Hervé Guibert; Rebekah Frumkin fights the commodification of the resistance; Elaine Kahn discusses teaching and community during the pandemic; and other stories.
Writer Saeed Jones on the grief of anti-Black violence; hashtag #publishingpaidme highlights disparity between what Black writers and white writers are offered for their work; Ibram X. Kendi to launch center for antiracist research at Boston University; and other stories.
Rigoberto González on responsible allyship; Paul Soulellis examines the creative artifacts of the pandemic era; Jericho Brown on joy and grief; and other stories.
Desmond Elliott Prize shortlist announced; Danez Smith, Emerson Whitney, and Ocean Vuong on the revolution; Black booksellers recommend further anti-racist reading; and other stories.
Layla F Saad curates an anti-racist reading list; a number of books on anti-racism are temporarily out of stock; Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts announces permanent closure; and other stories.
Porochista Khakpour discusses the personal essay; University of Hawai’i in Mānoa has established a new endowed chair in Hawaiian studies, literature, and the environment; Shanekia McIntosh on making the arts accessible; and other stories.
Minneapolis indie bookstores Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s have burned down; Rebecca Solnit examines how masculinity is exacerbating the pandemic; Emily Powell on steering Powell’s Books through a turbulent season; and other stories.
Checking in with Minneapolis indie bookstores after Wednesday’s riots; Kaya Press reflects on twenty-six years of publishing; Lucy Scholes highlights a queer psychosexual drama from the 1950s; and other stories.