Learning to love a non-native language; fiction writer Brian Evenson on narrative uncertainty; the U.S. Constitution becomes best-seller following Khizr Khan’s DNC speech; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
James Patterson tops highest paid authors for third year in a row; America’s most beautiful libraries; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sells two million copies in three days; and other news.
Comedian Patton Oswalt to publish late wife’s unfinished book; poet Tyehmbia Jess on performance and exploitation; musician Jeff Tweedy composes song for poet Carl Sandburg tribute album; and other news.
Kevin Young named director of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; AWP releases demographics list for 2017 conference; Leigh Stein on abuse and memoir; and other news.
Lucia Berlin’s unfinished memoir; the role of the contemporary American essay; the last of New York City’s Spanish-language bookstores; and other news.
Three hundred new entries are added to Dictionary.com; Ozick on life versus literature; the Vatican digitizes an illustrated portion of The Aeneid; and other news.
Pulitzer Prize Winner James Alan McPherson dies; debut authors Yaa Gyasi and Hua Hsu in conversation; the evolving role of librarians; and other news.
The 2016 Man Booker Prize long list has been announced; a man named Hemingway wins Hemingway lookalike contest; a consideration of workplace fiction by women; and other news.
Muslim teen poetry group addresses U.S. Islamophobia; authors set to perform Oscar Wilde’s work in the prison where he served a sentence; Viet Thanh Nguyen on the process of writing his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel; and other news.
Goethe’s complex legacy; poet Jade Cho on the Asian American experience; petition to restore Dennis Cooper’s blog reaches over three thousand signatures; and other news.
Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch to be adapted to film; an interview with Chilean author Alejandro Zambra; book owned by Brontë sisters’ mother to go on display next year; and other news.
The many libraries of the Czech Republic; African writers on globalization; book spine staircases; and other news.
How literary theory can help explain capitalism; CantoMundo relocates to New York City; PEN launches $75,000 book prize; and other news.
The influence of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems on Mad Men; the anatomy of a best-seller; Ben-Hur update features larger roles for women characters; and other news.
Sawako Nakayasu on translating Japanese Modernist literature; cover art revealed for Elena Ferrante’s forthcoming book; punk musician defaces British Library’s punk exhibit; and other news.
The forgotten life of H. T. Tsiang; the Strand’s book quiz; an e-mail correspondence between Jonathan Safran Foer and Natalie Portman; and other news.
NEA updates its Big Read library; writers call for release of imprisoned Palestinian poet; on a new wave of feminist memoirs; and other news.
Federico García Lorca center fights for control of archives; contemporary poets on the lexicon of war; an argument for authors to read their own audiobooks; and other news.
Juan Felipe Herrera’s poem on gun violence; PEN and Catapult launch short story prize for emerging writers; an interview with fiction writer Yuri Herrera; and other news.
Literary publishing in Africa; Danny Strong on directing J. D. Salinger biopic; high court ruling upholds Tamil writer’s freedom of expression; and other news.
River Styx editor leaves after twenty-two years; a reader’s guide to New England lit; Samuel Beckett’s obscure short fiction; and other news.
Europa Editions launches scholarship for U.S. booksellers; Roxane Gay on bearing witness to police brutality; actress’s memoir about Zambia sparks controversy; and other news.
Octavia Butler’s 1998 novel predicts Trump’s campaign slogan; anticipated books for the second half of 2016; the geographic distribution of the Man Booker International Prize; and other news.
Revisiting Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir; Garrison Keillor retires from A Prairie Home Companion; Amazon plans to open fourth physical bookstore in New York City; and other news.
Gay Talese disavows his forthcoming book; five writers on life-changing moments at U.S. national parks; the psychology of the beach read; and other news.