Egyptian poet sentenced to jail for blasphemy; Alice Walker and Colm Tóibín in conversation; fiction writer Morgan Jerkins on the struggle to describe blackness; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
PEN to honor J. K. Rowling at annual literary awards ceremony; Janet Malcolm finds fault in Ted Hughes biographer; poet Ada Limón on the value of not writing; and other news.
Oxford Dictionaries apologizes for sexist example; twenty-five stunning home libraries; CNN’s love story project; and other news.
The endurance of bad similes; Joyce Carol Oates interviewed; former New Republic editor launching new journal with Steve Jobs’s widow; and other news.
Iran censors “wine” in books; National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize submissions now open; poet and Omnidawn Publishing cofounder Rusty Morrison talks about her work as an editor and poet; and other news.
Paul Lisicky on Flannery O’Connor; an argument for performed poetry; Orson Welles’s disdain for Hemingway; and other news.
Poet Danez Smith on joy and myth-making; young people’s literature ambassador Gene Luen Yang on the graphic novel’s future; Scholastic withdraws children’s book after backlash; and other news.
Eileen Myles on poetic democracy; Tournament of Books lineup announced; Robin Coste Lewis on her National Book Award–winning debut poetry collection; Guillermo del Toro in talks to direct Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark film; and other news.
Buzz Books reveals Spring/Summer 2016 titles; James Patterson donates to U.K bookshops affected by flooding; worldwide reading supports Palestinian poet ahead of death sentence; and other news.
Patti Smith on Frida Kahlo’s love letters; controversial book rises to prominence; New York Times names media columnist replacement for David Carr; and other news.
A day in the life of a bookmobile librarian; Brenda Hillman named Academy of American Poets chancellor; Emma Watson’s feminist book club; and other news.
Charles Baxter remembers poet Larry Levis; Virginia Quarterly Review’s literary Instagram experiment; Nobel Prize losers of 1965; and other news.
Life-changing books; Penguin Random House sells its self-publishing division; recent study shows people prefer books to their movie adaptations; and other news.
In praise of unlikeable women protagonists; anticipated movie adaptations; the challenges of the illness memoir; and other news.
Library of Congress names national ambassador for young people’s literature; the most anticipated books of 2016; how the role of the editor has changed over time; and other news.
New grant program funds public access to out-of-print books; German vending machine exchanges unwanted presents for books; a year of craft advice; and other news.
Three Amazon series based on books; new Jonathan Safran Foer coming next fall; PANK editors bid farewell; and other news.
Marginalia’s mournful moment; Oscar Wilde’s women; a book from every country; and other news.
The fight for Britain’s public libraries; great literary advocates; mansplaining Lolita; and other news.
Essay contest determines new owner of movie theater; next year’s Shakespeare extravaganza; the role of absurdity in literature; and other news.
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.