Dana Canedy becomes first woman and first African American to administer the Pulitzer Prizes; fans defend Seven Stories Press’s social media from trolls; a defense of strangeness in poetry; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Center for Fiction announces the longlist for its first novel prize; an exhibit of Agatha Christie’s personal correspondence; why Akhil Sharma hates his most popular short story; and other news.
The most anticipated upcoming books; a day in the life of Russian writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya; the case for slow reading; and other news.
Bret Anthony Johnston named director of the Michener Center for Writers; biographer Kenneth Silverman has died; literal reading as the key to enjoying poetry; and other news.
Remembering poet Larry Fagin; the intersection of art, funding, and academia; major writers recommend summer books; and other news.
Library designs for the future; National Book Foundation combats “book deserts”; the most anthologized stories of all time; and other news.
Poetry Coalition receives $200,000 grant; on reading Hollywood memoirs; a history of the Beat Generation; and other news.
Summer reads from small presses; poets write executive orders; Margaret Atwood and Junot Díaz discuss totalitarianism; and other news.
The history of a hoax poetry movement; the ethics of cultural appropriation in art; Paddington Bear as refugee; and other news.
Writers protest the presence of a far-right newspaper at the Swedish book fair; the eighteenth-century book club versus the modern day book club; Yale University’s Beinecke Library acquire lifetime writings of Robert Olen Butler; and other news.
J. D. McClatchy steps down as editor of Yale Review; imprisoned writer and Nobel Peace Prize–winner Liu Xiaobo is being treated for liver cancer; the purpose of literary magazines; and other news.
Sarah Jessica Parker acquires first novel for her literary fiction imprint; Los Angeles Review of Books and University of Southern California kick off inaugural publishing workshop; the longlists for the 2017 National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose; and other news.
A twenty-year history of LGBTQ literature; Sherman Alexie on writing work that defies expectations; Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond receive Carnegie Medals; and other news.
Amazon e-book credits will expire Saturday; how outrage and emotion drive the artistic spirit; novelist Emma Straub on the books she loves; and other news.
Neil Gaiman campaign raises $100,000 for refugees; the history of the Deseret, the phonetic alphabet invented by Mormons; a guide to raising kids as readers; and other news.
Zadie Smith on the depiction of black pain in recent artwork; the difference between a book pitch and a press release; the Derek Walcott museum in St. Lucia closes; and other news.
Dysfunctional families in literature; audiobook recommendations for long summer road trips; the ten most challenged books in schools and libraries in 2016; and other news.
Tony Tulathimutte offers a guide to submitting your writing; Nick Flynn talks about poetry and addiction; famous typos in American publishing; and other news.
Book industry sales fell in 2016; the canonical status of Virginia Woolf; Milkweed Editions launches poetry prize to honor late Max Ritvo; and other news.
British kids coin more than a hundred Trump-related words; the many adaptations and influences of Orwell’s 1984; Tommy Pico talks poetry and podcasting; and other news.
Victor LaValle on the value of horror writing; artist Ekaterina Panikanova makes large-scale ink paintings on vintage books; the importance of literary and political criticism for a healthy democracy; and other news.
Charles Simic on the empathy and legacy of Philip Levine; J. K. Rowling and James Patterson among top ten highest-paid celebrities last year; Mamamia podcast with Roxane Gay sparks outrage; and other news.
Forward Prizes announce shortlists; the next generation of queer writers; a history of Russian literature; and other news.
Osama Alomar on writing about the Syrian war; cultural exchange versus appropriation in literature; Roxane Gay on writing her memoir about fatness and trauma; and other news.
Naomi Alderman wins 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction; University of Wisconsin student sues poetry professor over bad grade; Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo has died; and other news.