Daily News from Poets & Writers

Salman Rushdie Knighted by Queen


On June 16, fiction writer Salman Rushdie was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to literature, British media reported. Sir Salman Rushdie, as the author is now known, was among nineteen nonresident Indians who were recognized by the queen for their contribution to various fields.

Daniel Menaker Steps Down as Random House Top Editor

Random House Publishing Group announced today that Daniel Menaker will step down as executive editor in chief at the end of this month. Hired four years ago—after a sixteen-month stint as an executive editor at HarperCollins—for his literary sensibilities and publishing acumen, Menaker says the decision to leave was mutual.

Soft Skull Joins Counterpoint in Latest Round of Acquisitions


Richard Nash announced yesterday that Soft Skull Press, the independent publisher based in Brooklyn, plans to be aquired by Winton, Shoemaker & Co, the same company that last week acquired Counterpoint Press from Perseus Book Group. Nash, the publisher of Soft Skull, will become editorial director of Perseus's new Soft Skull imprint as well as executive editor of the Counterpoint imprint.

Lucille Clifton Wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Prize


The Poetry Foundation recently announced that Lucille Clifton will receive this year's Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The annual award honors a U.S. poet "whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition."

Some Changes in Store for Third Annual Quill Awards

Heading into its third year of pomp and literary circumstance, the Quills Book Awards program is getting an overhaul by its organizers, NBC Universal and Reed Business Information. The awards program will still feature five finalists in nineteen categories—everything from poetry and fiction to biography/memoir and best debut author—but instead of the public voting for each winner, booksellers and librarians will decide who takes home a Quill.

Jason Cowley to Succeed Ian Jack as Granta Editor


The British literary magazine Granta, which last month published its second issue devoted to the "Best Young American Novelists," recently named Jason Cowley as its new editor. Cowley, who was the literary editor of the New Statesman for five years, will succeed Ian Jack in September.

PEN World Voices Festival Brings the World of Literature to NYC


Today marks the official start of the third annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York City. The six-day schedule of events includes readings, lectures, and panel discussions featuring 162 writers from forty-five different countries representing twenty-one different languages.

Trethewey and McCarthy Win 2007 Pulitzer Prizes


Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin). Also nominated were Martín Espada for The Republic of Poetry (Norton) and David Wojahn for Interrogation Palace: New & Selected Poems 1982-2004 (University of Pittsburgh Press).