How literary theory can help explain capitalism; CantoMundo relocates to New York City; PEN launches $75,000 book prize; and other news.
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The influence of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems on Mad Men; the anatomy of a best-seller; Ben-Hur update features larger roles for women characters; and other news.
Sawako Nakayasu on translating Japanese Modernist literature; cover art revealed for Elena Ferrante’s forthcoming book; punk musician defaces British Library’s punk exhibit; and other news.
The forgotten life of H. T. Tsiang; the Strand’s book quiz; an e-mail correspondence between Jonathan Safran Foer and Natalie Portman; and other news.
NEA updates its Big Read library; writers call for release of imprisoned Palestinian poet; on a new wave of feminist memoirs; and other news.
Federico García Lorca center fights for control of archives; contemporary poets on the lexicon of war; an argument for authors to read their own audiobooks; and other news.
Juan Felipe Herrera’s poem on gun violence; PEN and Catapult launch short story prize for emerging writers; an interview with fiction writer Yuri Herrera; and other news.
Literary publishing in Africa; Danny Strong on directing J. D. Salinger biopic; high court ruling upholds Tamil writer’s freedom of expression; and other news.
River Styx editor leaves after twenty-two years; a reader’s guide to New England lit; Samuel Beckett’s obscure short fiction; and other news.
Europa Editions launches scholarship for U.S. booksellers; Roxane Gay on bearing witness to police brutality; actress’s memoir about Zambia sparks controversy; and other news.
Octavia Butler’s 1998 novel predicts Trump’s campaign slogan; anticipated books for the second half of 2016; the geographic distribution of the Man Booker International Prize; and other news.
Revisiting Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir; Garrison Keillor retires from A Prairie Home Companion; Amazon plans to open fourth physical bookstore in New York City; and other news.
Gay Talese disavows his forthcoming book; five writers on life-changing moments at U.S. national parks; the psychology of the beach read; and other news.
Neil Gaiman's Norse mythology; breaking taboos and loving the characters we fear; twelve essential American books; and other news.
Tracy K. Smith on urgency and persona in poetry; emotional stoicism in Wilder’s Little House series; poets and eating disorders; and other news.
Amazon rolls out new Kindle navigation feature; a toast to the Toast; the necessity of procrastination; and other news.
Lorrie Moore on Helen Gurley Brown and the “Modern Single Woman”; Knausgaard’s translator; Judith Butler’s influence on gender identity and pop culture; and other news.
Chris Jackson to receive AAWW’s Editorial Achievement Award; Annie Proulx talks books; Adrienne Rich as the archetype of feminism; and other news.
Ta-Nehisi Coates on becoming a public figure; American families in fiction; Amazon’s picks for the best books of the year so far; and other news.
Poet Kim Addonizio on her new essay collection; Marvel executive Sana Amanat on diversity and comic books; an interview with Pulitzer Prize–winner Viet Thanh Nguyen; and other news.
Apple begins its e-book refund distribution today; untranslated Spanish novel recommendations; how fiction can expose more than memoir; and other news.
The downsides of a world without Barnes & Noble; how reading saves lives; paintings based on a fictional poet; and other news.
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.