Essay contest determines new owner of movie theater; next year’s Shakespeare extravaganza; the role of absurdity in literature; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Colm Tóibín on Clarice Lispector; Charles D’Ambrosio on the essay form; booksellers’ top picks of the year; and other news.
Moby-Dick’s mysterious hyphen; revisiting Lolita; Terrance Hayes interviewed; and other news.
New York Times critic books picks; writers call for release of Chinese poet Liu Xiaobo; on the achievement of essayist Vivian Gornick; and other news.
Obama’s favorite book of the year; the history behind One Hundred Years of Solitude; novelist Kevin Barry on Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood; and other news.
War and Peace marathon; writing as an art vs. career; unreliable narrators and the psychology of online life; and other news.
How books shaped Christmas; Alexievich delivers Nobel lecture; all-curated bookstore opens in New York; and other news.
Print books and children’s development; Kurt Vonnegut’s wife; British contemporary poetry and race; and other news.
Dawn Lundy Martin on creativity and experimentation in poetry; Joyce Carol Oates’s favorite 2015 books; how to split an infinitive; and other news.
Posthumous publication profits; Donald Trump’s poetry; in defense of simple words; and other news.
Black Mountain College retrospective; Ernest Hemingway biopic; writing towards conformity; and other news.
Underrated books; Jean Valentine interviewed; Franny Choi at PBS NewsHour; and other news.
Jeanette Winterson and Marlon James in conversation; notable books of 2015; Kobe Bryant announces his retirement in a poem; and other news.
Cultural figures call for release of Palestinian poet facing execution; Ta-Nehisi Coates on hope; John Freeman profiles Ben Lerner; and other news.
The public intellectual in the age of specialization; Palestinian poet sentenced to death for denouncing Islam; Luc Sante interviewed; and other news.
The New Yorker launches novella column; Greek New Testament fragment discovered on eBay; editor John Freeman on starting literary journal Freeman’s; and other news.
Vonnegut novel to be adapted into television series; Hemingway tops French best-seller list; Los Angeles Library dedicates branch to poet Wanda Coleman; and other news.
Claudia Rankine interviewed; million-dollar literary debuts; William Blake among the ages; and other news.
Denver bookstore vandalized; New York Public Library acquires New York Review of Books archives; National Book Award winners announced tonight; and other news.
Poet defeats former general in Myanmar election; Amazon names Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies as book of the year; marginalia’s hidden life; and other news
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.
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.