Marilynne Robinson on American public universities; how MFAs have influenced the contemporary American novel; Seattle poetry-only bookstore for sale; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Jane Eyre and the invention of the self; a singer’s homage to poet Anna Akhmatova; Ann Beattie on David Markson; and other news.
World Book Day; author Ethan Canin on creating emotional endings; recommended writers’ journals; and other news.
Emory University opens Seamus Heaney letters archive to public; rewriting adoption stories; Valley of the Dolls at fifty; and other news.
Missing Hong Kong booksellers speak on Chinese television; on interviewing Umberto Eco; a writer visits James Baldwin’s home; and other news.
Amazon best-seller scam; on the nonfiction of Henry James; bookish Oscars; and other news.
Edwidge Danticat on James Baldwin; most-read women writers in college classes; #4000blackgirlbooks; and other news.
Fan fiction author launches app; Banned Books Week spotlights writers of color; Simon & Schuster creates imprint for Muslim-themed children’s books; and other news.
David Carr fellowships announced; literary discourse in the age of extremism; dystopian fiction writers Laura van den Berg and Hilary St. John Mandel in conversation; and other news.
On Susan Howe’s new essay collections; serial killer’s memoir removed from Amazon; Iranian media outlets add $600,000 to fatwa on Salman Rushdie; and other news.
Print book sales increase for first time since 2007; narratives created from beach detritus; Egyptian court sentences author to prison for sexually explicit novel passages; and other news.
Godfather author archives sold at auction for $625,000; how the theatrical adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 compares to the book; John Ashbery on the poetry of Delmore Schwartz; and other news.
A strategy for reading more nonfiction books faster; David Biespiel on Frank Stanford’s poetry; academics ponder the fate of Karl Ove Knausgaard; and other news.
Two poems by J. R. R. Tolkien discovered in British school annual; Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying uncensored on BBC Radio; novelist Dana Spiotta profiled; and other news.
Daniel Craig set to star in Jonathan Franzen’s Purity adaptation; China forbids writer to travel to U.S. to accept Harvard award; an interview with essayist John D’Agata; and other news.
Margaret Atwood on the science of humanity; Saeed Jones in conversation with Alexander Chee; love poems that will make you seem sensitive and smart; and other news.
Paddle out to the floating library; coauthor a book with James Patterson; collect all new Lesbian Poet Trading Cards; and other news.
Essential black memoirs; defending the role of the critic; Toni Morrison on evil and altruism; and other news.
Iraq war veterans on writing fiction; college students prefer print books to digital; racy Tagore translation pulled from Chinese stores; and other news.
St. Marks Bookshop may shutter soon; literary love quiz; young writers of color share their favorite poems; and other news.
National Book Foundation launches program for LGBTQ teens; Tournament of Books brackets posted; Robert Lowell’s complicated relationships with women; and other news.
Tim Parks on the state of translation; five ways Infinite Jest predicted the future; T. S. Eliot’s notes on detective fiction; and other news.
Amazon to open more physical stores; self-loathing book trailers; on writer envy and the real purpose of writing; and other news.
New York Times features profile of editor Chris Jackson; Margo Jefferson interviewed at Bomb; Joan Didion as L.A’s angel of death; and other news.
Meg Ryan set to direct rom-com set in the publishing world; young poets make the genre “cool” again; Molly Crabapple on art and activism; and other news.