Shakespeare & Company bookstore served as refuge during Paris attacks; The Diary of Anne Frank gets a coauthor; literature’s relation to evolutionary theory; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Rimbaud museum opens in poet’s hometown; unpublished Charlotte Brontë short story discovered; Faber closes sales distribution service for indie publishers; and other news.
Value of first editions of twentieth-century classics increases; Roland Barthes at one hundred; “experimental” Millennial bookstore to open in London; and other news.
Louisiana bookstores challenge age verification law; Oxford University library acquires lost Percy Bysshe Shelley poem; teacher claims Jack the Ripper was a poet; and other news.
Charlie Hebdo editor’s manifesto to be published posthumously; General Electric’s influence on Kurt Vonnegut; Hemingway’s letters; and other news.
World Fantasy Award to drop H. P. Lovecraft as trophy’s model; on having one’s book banned from a school curriculum; the endurance of the short story; and other news.
Arundhati Roy joins protest of Indian government; “binge-watch” named Collins Dictionary word of the year; Chilean government acknowledges potential role in Neruda’s death; and other news.
Roxane Gay awarded PEN’s Freedom to Write prize; on publishing Lydia Davis; His Dark Materials trilogy adapted for television; and other news.
Mary Gaitskill on Anna Karenina; booksellers react to Amazon’s first physical bookstore; popular 19th-century women writers you may not have heard of; and other news.
#NaGrafWriMo; Karl Ove Knausgaard on Michel Houellebecq; Cheryl Strayed answers your questions; and other news.
Jorie Graham’s modernist poetry; Amazon Publishing launches poetry contest; James Franco narrates Vonnegut audiobook; and other news.
Literary Halloween costumes; poetry’s practicality; dystopian tales that reflect reality; and other news.
Gregory Pardlo and Tracy K. Smith in conversation; American Booksellers Association launches test to increase indie bookstore traffic; Carrie Brownstein on her new memoir; and other news.
The poetry of John Wieners and John Updike; presidential candidates as the books they sound like; fairytales and the fear of female power; and other news.
Whiting Foundation appoints new board president; HBO picks up adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things; President Obama and Marilynne Robinson’s conversation continued; and other news.
Poetry as witness to Syrian civil war; Dominican Republic revokes Junot Díaz’s merit award; the resurgence of the ghost story; and other news.
The annotated “Bartleby, the Scrivener”; Indonesian writers festival forced to cancel events marking 1965 massacre; John Milton’s former manor discovered in disrepair; and other news
Kafka’s Metamorphosis turns one hundred this month; multicity literary event series benefits PEN Emergency Fund; Random House vice president leaves to focus on writing; and other news.
Amazon vice president responds to New York Times investigative article; rare “Sinners Bible” up for auction; Tim Parks on Primo Levi; and other news.
Proust’s madeleine began as toast; print vs. digital battle may be over; David Lynch announces hybrid memoir/biography; and other news.
A literary history of whales; Nobel Prize–winning author Svetlana Alexievich profiled at the New Yorker; Margaret Atwood on her new novel; and other news.
Salman Rushdie kicks off Frankfurt Book Fair; Marlon James wins Man Booker prize; National Book Award shortlists announced; and other news.
Joshua Cohen writes serialized novel in real time; “speakeasy” bookstore shows signs of reopening; a visit to poet Anna Ahkmatova’s apartment; and other news.
Truth versus nostalgia in rural fiction; Steven Pinker on writing rules; poet John Clare’s unlikely legacy; and other news.
Svetlana Alexievich awarded Nobel Prize in Literature; an interview with Ann Beattie; National Poetry Day; and other news.