Michael Ondaatje on his favorite books; should publishers add morality clauses to author contracts; Shakespeare quotations in legal contexts; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Apple’s new Books app; Mike McCormack wins the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award; Stephen King app for smart speakers; and other news.
A new series of books and novels inspired by Stranger Things; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins PEN Pinter Prize; NPR’s summer poll on horror books; and other news.
Lionel Shriver accuses Penguin Random House of being “drunk on virtue”; Anthony Bourdain remembered; dictionaries take to social media; and other news.
Poetry readership is up; behind the New York Times best-seller lists; Books for Africa ships millions of books to Africa; and other news.
Knopf buys debut novel for seven figures; poet Victoria Chang on revision; the sidewalk bookseller who befriended Phillip Roth; and other news.
Bill Gates book giveaway for recent college grads; race and the personal essay; Porochista Khakpour’s new memoir on illness; and other news.
Critics disagree on thriller by Bill Clinton and James Patterson; Michiko Kakutani’s forthcoming book on truth and Trump; Audie Award winners; and other news.
Sue Landers named executive director of Lambda Literary; literary agent Elaine Markson has died; the indie booksellers of New York City; and other news.
A new exhibit on Tolkien’s Middle-earth; recommended literary biopics; Meg Wolitzer on feminism; and other news.
Amazon launches new line of digital stories; Zack Snyder to adapt The Fountainhead for screen; what it means to be well-read; and other news.
A study on the difference between owning a print book versus an e-book; Elena Ferrante on reading and insomnia; how to read autofiction; and other news.
Accountant at literary agency accused of embezzling $3.4 million; the New Yorker profiles Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; inside the London offices of the Times Literary Supplement; and other news.
Michelle Obama releases cover of memoir; Porochista Khakpour starts digital zine for offbeat writing; children’s author Richard Peck has died; and other news.
The National Book Foundation announces expansion of public programming; a poetry correspondence between Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón; shortlists for Forward Prizes for Poetry announced; and other news.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to publish anthology with Random House; romance novelist and lawyer Stacey Abrams wins Democratic primary in Georgia gubernatorial race; Sylvia Plath’s undergraduate thesis on doppelgängers; and other news.
How writers of color are reinventing the science fiction and fantasy genre; Bill Gates recommends five books to read this summer; a case against book snobbery; and other news.
Jennifer Egan is working on a companion book to A Visit From the Goon Squad; remembering publisher Peter Mayer; publishers report modest growth in first quarter of 2018; and other news.
Elena Ferrante on her greatest fear; the collages of John Ashbery; the lesbian canon; and other news.
Stephen Hawking’s final book; Norman Mailer’s house up for sale; the winners of this year’s O. Henry Prize for short stories; and other news.
Zora Neale Hurston’s influence; academics oppose media treatment of Junot Díaz; Best Translated Book Awards finalists; and other news.
Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey has died; reading Pablo Neruda in light of #MeToo; the strangest bookmarks found in libraries; and other news.
Peter Mayer, publisher of The Satanic Verses, has died; Dylan Thomas Day; Michael Chabon on parenting; and other news.
Jesmyn Ward on giving voice to black girls; finalists for the 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards announced; To Kill a Mockingbird Broadway dispute settled; and other news.
The modern significance of Fahrenheit 451; Amina Gautier and Joan Silber win PEN short story award; Academy of American Poets wins Innovations in Reading Prize; and other news.