PEN/Faulkner Foundation announces finalists for 2017 award; George Saunders on revision; the demise of the book-jacket author photo; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks feminism; literary salons where men read in the nude; writer Paula Fox has died; and other news.
George Saunders pays tribute to Grace Paley; “shut-in-chic” outfit options for the bookish introvert; the history and versatility of Hawaiian Pidgin; and other news.
Alec Baldwin and Kurt Anderson to write satire of Trump; Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar store on the east coast; a profile of Emmanuel Carrère; and other news.
Melissa Febos on writing through fear; editors on hate and literary platforms; new formal innovations in poetry; and other news.
The story behind Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji’s imprisonment; a case for cultural criticism not defined by Trump; the formal advantages of graphic novels; and other news.
A new biography of Elizabeth Bishop delves into her personal life; R. A. Villanueva on poetry and science; the twenty largest publishers of 2016; and other news.
Twenty-four senators sign letter to White House to defend the NEA and NEH; the risks of depicting family members in fiction; the New York Times through the ages; and other news.
Two new Joan Didion notebooks on the American South and West; the politics of retelling myths; finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes announced; and other news.
A survey of writing manuals; a new study suggests human brains are hardwired to appreciate poetry; a big-data approach to Shakespeare; and other news.
Tom Hanks’s debut story collection; Dana Gioia defends the importance of the NEA; PEN America announces 2017 festival will focus on “Gender and Power”; and other news.
A study shows fiction readers hear voices; beauty tips from heroines of twentieth-century literature; a profile of janitor and Argentinian novelist Enrique Ferrari; and other news.
The place of apathy in the work of J. M. Coetzee; the intersection of poetry and research; bookstore sales on the rise; and other news.
Phillip Pullman to publish new book trilogy; bookstores encourage political protest; Morgan Parker on Beyoncé and her new collection; and other news.
Love poems and anti-love poems for Valentine’s Day; a case against English academia; Amazon to open brick-and-mortar store in California Bay Area; and other news.
Arundhati Roy’s impact on Indian literature; the state of journalism in the digital age; a history of the Paris Review; and other news.
Javier Marias on fiction and politics; the social-media team behind the Merriam-Webster dictionary; the resurgence of aphorisms; and other news.
How many exclamation points to use in fiction; Swansea University announces the longlist for the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize; fiction writer William Melvin Kelley has died; and other news.
The reading styles of slam poets versus page poets; tips and strategies for surviving AWP; John Rechy on mystery in fiction; and other news.
The books Steven Bannon reads; Paul Auster on solitude and his 866-page novel; Tongue relaunches; and other news.
The career of “master of quirk” Jason Rekulak; the hazards of beauty in poetry; a renga for Obama; and other news.
Poems to read for Black History Month; marketing books with expletive-laden titles; James Baldwin documentary opens today; and other news.
Solmaz Sharif on poetry that moves beyond diagnosis; fiction writer Bharati Mukherjee has died; Ursula Le Guin on fact versus fiction; and other news.
Hillary Clinton to publish book of essays in the fall; New York City and BuzzFeed Books launch “One Book, One New York”; the political cartoons of Dr. Seuss; and other news.
Women’s Prize for Fiction seeks new sponsor; Roxane Gay’s ABA conference keynote; Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy’s return to fiction; and other news.