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Daily News from Poets & Writers
Poem by young Michael Jordan up for auction; poet Bill Berkson has died; James Patterson’s BookShots imprint sells thirty thousand copies in one week; and other news.
University of Texas acquires Raja Rao’s archive; the legacy of Jorge Luis Borges; Serial Reader app breaks down the classics; and other news.
Prominent literary translator Gregory Rabassa has died; fiction writer Dorthe Nors on her formal experimentation; strange work habits of famous authors; and other news.
New anthology modeled after The Canterbury Tales features stories of refugees in the U.K.; a poet and a novelist respond to the Orlando shooting; the trope of masculine genius; and other news.
Graphic novel publisher First Second celebrates tenth anniversary; poet Kwame Dawes on the African Poetry Book Fund; new print-on-demand bookstore in Paris; and other news.
Carla Hayden close to securing Librarian of Congress appointment; fiction writer Max Porter on the fragmentary nature of grief; the vindication of Ernest Hemingway’s second wife; and other news.
Fictional depictions of fatherhood; Australian publishers protest “open market” proposal; the emerging genre of Slut Lit; and other news.
Website releases “definitive study” of U.S. author earnings; an interview with Iranian poet and translator Sholeh Wolpé; binge-worthy, serialized fiction; and other news.
Hamilton’s song lyric algorithm; pairing books and film; poet Ocean Vuong on writing from the perspective of the “damned viewer”; and other news.
Writers’ day jobs; plagiarism in self-publishing; travel writer Geoff Dyer on “awe fatigue”; and other news.
T. S. Eliot’s Poetry Book Society to close; advice for writing serialized fiction; book vending machines arrive in Singapore; and other news.
Yale students petition against “Major English Poets” course; life at an artist’s residency; poetry for LGBT Pride Month; and other news.
The lost art of memorizing poetry; Louise Erdrich on her new novel; American Psycho adaptation to close on Broadway; and other news.
The first-ever virtual-reality reading; the political necessity of apocalyptic fiction in the Middle East; sad birthday poems; and other news.
A Shakespeare-inspired card game; Macmillan has acquired Pronoun; internal legibility in poems; and other news
Musician creates punk album from William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch; why “translated fiction” is not a genre; Raymond Carver’s brother writes the author a birthday tribute; and other news.
Nikki Giovanni on the fortieth anniversary of Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Roots; writers petition against Donald Trump; the inaugural Little Free Library Fest; and other news.
Herman Melville’s love affairs; Barnes & Noble Education partners with fourteen more colleges; poet francine j. harris on reinventing language; and other news.
Man Booker winner Han Kang on Korean literature and translation; Gabriel García Márquez’s ashes returned to Colombia; an interview with Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich; and other news
Elena Ferrante interviewed; Copper Canyon Press launches the New Poets Project; how to incorporate today’s tech into fiction; and other news.
How reading fiction teaches empathy; a case for reading Proust on a cell phone; the need for more people of color in editorial positions; and other news.
Amazon plans to open more stores; an interview with Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen; Nancy Drew “too female” for CBS; and other news.
Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin on the decline of online book culture; J. K. Rowling on freedom of expression; Han Kang wins Man Booker International Prize for fiction; and other news.
Allegory versus metaphor; the aphorism’s long history; Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo on the value of poetry; and other news.