Maaza Mengiste discusses the research process behind The Shadow King; this year’s Booker finalists share short essays on the origins of their novels; Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore describes her eternal search for connection; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Macmillan delays reopening New York City offices to July; Jamaica Kincaid considers America as a snow globe; Detroit-based poet Naomi Long Madgett has died; and other stories.
Tracy K. Smith reflects on translating Chinese poet Yi Lei; Douglas Stuart discusses the breakout success of Shuggie Bain; Renee Simms writes about the act of wailing; and other stories.
Penguin Random House to establish new Spanish-language division; the National Black Writers Conference is taking place this week; Valzhyna Mort reflects on music, poetry, and love; and other stories.
Danielle Evans celebrates the short story; G’Ra Asim writes about white racial anxiety; Tim Murphy praises cinematic writing; and other stories.
Roxane Gay reflects on the future of the country; Jason Reynolds to host this year’s National Book Awards; Khalisa Rae reports on the growth of Black-centered book clubs; and other stories.
George Saunders reflects on the art of the short story; Hanif Abdurraqib writes on photographer Robert Clark; Maggie Smith challenges the idea of writing as catharsis; and other stories.
Maureen Palacios reflects on running a children’s bookstore in the age of COVID-19; Oliver Munday turns to In Search of Lost Time as a pandemic project; Bryan Washington discusses the relationship dynamics in Memorial; and other stories.
Editor and marketer Fred Klein has died; Caleb Femi on paying tribute to his childhood community; Viet Thanh Nguyen on his forthcoming sequel to The Sympathizer; and other stories.
Dwight Garner reflects on decades of sentence collecting; Barbara Lane shares guidelines for writing negative criticism; Bookshop launches in the U.K.; and other stories.
Poet Nikki Giovanni offers writing advice; Lisa Lucas reflects on her new role at Penguin Random House; French booksellers fight to keep their businesses open during lockdown; and other stories.
Jess Walter discusses reimagining the Western; J. Nicole Jones recommends Maryse Condé’s I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem; Marlon James talks speculative fiction; and other stories.
Novelist Lynn Steger Strong reflects on motherhood in the pandemic; Kishani Widyaratna to serve as editorial director of the Fourth Estate; Barnes & Noble and former CEO Demos Parneros cease litigation; and other stories.
The New York Times reports on the Strand Bookstore’s call for help; Hilary Mantel reflects on the writing life; poet Diane di Prima has died at age eighty-six; and other stories.
Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza discusses her new book; Angie Cruz celebrates the multiplicity of immigrant stories; Susie Yang charts her transition from tech to creative writing; and other stories.
The awards buzz for Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart; Vivian Gibson talks being a lifelong writer; translator David Boyd reflects on Hiroko Oyamada’s unique writing style; and other stories.
Publishing veteran Molly Stern has founded her own independent press; Kaitlyn Greenidge writes against the cultural obsession with firsts; editors recover ghost stories by women writers of the past; and other stories.
Tyree Daye recalls finding his poetic tradition; Tamara Payne reflects on completing her late father’s biography of Malcolm X; Donna Hemans traces how family history informs her fiction; and other stories.
Controversy surrounding plans for Dublin house made famous by James Joyce story; Tracy K. Smith departs The Slowdown podcast; Alexis Okeowo profiles writer and scholar Saidiya Hartman; and other stories.
Rebecca Roanhorse reflects on world-building; Kathleen Rooney discusses writing from a nonhuman perspective; Jonny Diamond finds grace in the taxonomy of trees; and other stories.
Poets & Writers announces Melissa Ford Gradel as new executive director; translating the Black Lives Matter movement; Barnes & Noble subject to cybersecurity attack; and other stories.
The New York Times checks in with indie bookstore owners across the country; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy announces Albertine Prize shortlist; the Chicago Review of Books names CHIRBy Awards finalists; and other stories.
Franny Choi writes on Battlestar Galactica and breaking the cycle of racism; Anne Helen Peterson discusses historicizing millennial burnout; Bookshop announces its U.K. board; and other stories.
Books Through Bars works through the pandemic; Dana Levin shares lessons from Louise Glück; Bookselling Without Borders rebrands as Books Across Borders; and other stories.
Sales of film and television rights are on the rise; editors at the Rumpus reflect on the presidential election; the New York Public Library shares a reading list for Indigenous Peoples’ Day; and other stories.