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.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
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.
Seamus Heaney’s archive to be unveiled next year; Patti Smith announces work on detective novel; Edgar Allen Poe’s enduring appeal; and other news.
Uncertain future for Carmen Balcells lit agency; Iran protests Frankfurt Book Fair; an appreciation of Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse; and other news.
Elizabeth Bishop and Clarice Lispector’s relationship; Jenny Diski’s memoir-in-parts; Swedish novelist Henning Mankell has died; and other news.
BlazeVox announces Bettering American Poetry anthology; a tour of Margaret Atwood’s speculative novels; Dan Beachy-Quick on Moby-Dick; and other news.
Blackstone Audio launches print imprint; the ethics of cultural appropriation in literature; Patti Smith’s new memoir; and other news.