Gary Shteyngart on “one of the most unexpected and crushing lines in fiction”; Whiting Foundation expands its annual literary magazine prizes; Ron Charles takes down James Frey’s Katerina; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Saint Rita’s Traveling Bookstore; the ultimate round-up of Fall 2018 books; books everyone lies about having read; and other news.
Memoir by John Steinbeck’s second wife to be published; Teju Cole on the meaning of resistance; poet Dorothea Lasky on poetry and obsessions; and other news.
Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell’s illustrated essay on the importance of reading; Eileen Myles talks politics and poetry; Jonathan Lethem’s Trump-inspired detective story; and other news.
Leo Tolstoy’s vegetarian cookbook; Mark Twain’s writing advice; literary podcast recommendations; and other news.
National Book Festival breaks records; Little, Brown to reissue series of J. D. Salinger classics; Sonia Sotomayor on the power of books; and other news.
Han Kang joins Future Library project; a profile of Sally Rooney, the “Jane Austen of the precariat”; Jeanette Winterson considers Virginia Woolf’s Orlando; and other news.
Novels to read over Labor Day weekend; Sarah Schulman on her forthcoming novel; revenue down at Penguin Random House; and other news.
Ron Carlson resigns from UC Irvine after being accused of sexual misconduct; four finalists for the alternative Nobel Prize in Literature announced; twenty years of Harry Potter memorabilia; and other news.
Former New York Review of Books editor launches new book review; Catherine Barnett and Kevin Young discuss Wisława Szymborska; men behind rare book theft at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh arrested; and other news.
Study breaks down the gender imbalance in the New York Times By the Book column; Paul Theroux remembers V. S. Naipaul; Craig Morgan Teicher interviews Deborah Eisenberg; and other news.
Shelf Awareness solicits public nominations for new Barnes & Noble CEO; unpublished poem by haiku master Masaoko Shiki discovered; how two men stole thousands of rare books and prints in 1980; and other news.
Walmart gets into the e-book business; a new book recommendation app; Chronicle Books launches Chinese-language children’s book imprint; and other news.
Advice for an aspiring writer; Cynthia Cruz on her revision process; Michael Cohen’s canceled book deal; and other news.
Jason Reynolds named Indie First spokesperson; Ada Limón on writing without permission; Little Brown to publish Goodnight Trump parody; and other news.
Eve L. Ewing to write Marvel series Ironheart; New York library starts lending out ties; poet Robley Wilson has died; and other news.
Bhutan’s underground literary scene; British publisher John Calder has died; the 1920s cure for writer’s block; and other news.
Khaled Hosseini on staying engaged with the refugee crisis; Joshua Cohen interviews Harold Bloom; fictional snacks; and other news.
Tracy K. Smith announces tour for her forthcoming American poetry anthology; Rebecca Solnit’s favorite books; the hundred best horror stories; and other news.
Vogue visits the set of HBO’s adaptation of My Brilliant Friend; musician Jeff Tweedy to publish memoir in November; PBS’s search for America’s favorite novel; and other news.
Finalists for 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prizes announced; chatbot has written more that twelve million poems; MacDowell Colony executive director Cheryl Young to retire next year; and other news.
How poets of color are changing contemporary poetry; writers on whether you need a creative writing MFA; revisiting Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poetry; and other news.
Ilya Kaminsky on returning to his hometown; Anthony Bourdain fan fiction; a bank robber’s debut novel; and other news.
Poet Anya Silver has died; Langston Hughes’s true birth year; the politics of erasure; and other news.
Poet Justin Phillip Reed on his debut collection; books written like television; fan fiction goes mainstream; and other news.