Michael Pietsch reflects on what lies ahead of the publishing industry; Riva Lehrer discusses rendering disability in writing and in visual art; Madeleine Thien discusses the unique nature of her protagonist from “Lu, Reshaping”; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
The Loft Literary Center selects Arleta Little as next executive director; Kirstin Valdez Quade’s The Five Wounds earns the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize; the Guardian names the top books of the year; and other stories.
Musician and culture writer Greg Tate has died; Knopf hires Jennifer Barth as senior vice president and executive editor; poets Mai Der Vang and Sophia Terazawa discuss how to write about difficult histories; and other stories.
Kira Josefsson writes on credit and pay for translators; Ashley Hope Pérez reiterates the high stakes of the recent wave of book bans; Literary Hub determines the best covers of the year; and other stories.
Spanish novelist Almudena Grandes has died; Harper has hired Adenike Olanrewaju; Shilpi Suneja writes about pervasive mythologies of dirtiness and cleanliness; and other stories.
George Saunders has launched a Substack; Christopher Gonzalez discusses the emotions at the heart of his debut; Eric Nguyen talks reading diaries and memoirs; and other stories.
Idaho library book turns up after more than a century; Percival Everett explains his belief in the primacy of the reader; Lydia Davis reflects on her “exhaustive impulse”; and other stories.
Bryan Washington describes visits to gay bars across the country over the past year; Emma Ramadan reflects on the art of translating experimental writing; veteran editor and publishing executive Charlie Conrad has died; and other stories.
Time recommends one hundred books published this year; the Bay Area Book Festival establishes new leadership positions; Farah Bashir discusses rendering life and death in Kashmir; and other stories.
Deesha Philyaw writes in praise of Daddy Was a Number Runner by Louise Meriwether; Talya Zax considers the state of Egyptian fiction in the wake of the Arab Spring; Electric Literature seeks to determine the best book cover of the year; and other stories.
Poet Kevin Goodan reflects on how fire has shaped his life; Salt Lake Community College hosts events to mark Native American Heritage Month; the New York Times Book Review seeks reader input to determine the best book of the past 125 years; and other stories.
Poet Robert Bly has died at age ninety-four; Niki Herd unpacks the writing process behind her poem “Bird”; Beth Morgan discusses conjuring the world and characters of her debut novel; and other stories.
The Washington Post picks top ten books of the year; a new design has been revealed for the Paris Review; Roxane Gay and Elizabeth Uviebinené address issues of gatekeeping; and other stories.
Understanding a surge in attempts to ban books; Hannah Howard endorses better writing through smell; Sara Lippmann’s review of Lily King’s debut story collection; and other stories.
Michele Kirichanskaya writes on Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are; Randon Billings Noble discusses editing an anthology of lyric essays; John Warner writes in praise of Graywolf Press director and publisher Fiona McCrae; and other stories.
Oprah Daily announces the cover of Douglas Stuart’s Young Mungo; nonfiction writer Rebecca Flowers finds solace in the world of sharks; Jonathan Lee describes the archival research that informed The Great Escape; and other stories.
Janice Lee describes writing through difficult material; Rax King discusses claiming and celebrating tackiness; Patricia Engel shares a slate of book recommendations; and other stories.
Distinguished writers Etel Adnan and Lee Maracle have died; author Bess Kalb express the urgency of providing paid parental leave; Rachel Deahl explores how the world of ghostwriting has evolved; and other stories.
The MIT Press announces Grant Program for Diverse Voices; Nyshell Lawrence continues to expand her bookstore spotlighting books by Black women; Kyle Lucia Wu explains how a poetry class helped unlock her fiction; and other stories.
Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer has died; Aspen Words Literary Prize longlist revealed; Ocean Vuong vs. Australian high school students; and other stories.
Penny Batchelor write about the pay gap for disabled people in publishing; Emtithal Mahmoud pens poem for the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow; Jenny Qi describes the personal and collective grief suffused in Focal Point; and other stories.
Literary organizations are invited to apply for funding from the Literary Arts Emergency Fund; Amitav Ghosh considers the role of storytellers in addressing the climate crisis and legacy of imperialism; Disability Visibility anthology adapted for young adult readers; and other stories.
Calvin Kasulke talks craft in a new interview series by Lincoln Michel; Publishers Weekly profiles author Tochi Onyebuchi; poet Nefertiti Asanti discusses what calls her to the page; and other stories.
Paul Bogaards of Knopf is retiring; Elias Rodriques writes on the recent film adaptation of Nella Larsen’s Passing; Rachel Yoder describes writing as a musical and spiritual act; and other stories.
Deep Vellum Publishing revitalizes Dalkey Archive Press; journalist Lydia Wilkins calls for sustained commitment to inclusion; NPR profiles the legendary poet Sonia Sanchez; and other stories.