BlazeVox announces Bettering American Poetry anthology; a tour of Margaret Atwood’s speculative novels; Dan Beachy-Quick on Moby-Dick; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Blackstone Audio launches print imprint; the ethics of cultural appropriation in literature; Patti Smith’s new memoir; and other news.
Book banned in New Zealand to be published in the U.S; an interview with Valeria Luiselli; National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honorees announced; and other news.
MacArthur Genius fellows announced; Daniel Handler and wife give $1 million to Planned Parenthood; confessional writing’s legacy; and other news.
Waterstones launches Buy Books for Syria campaign; Penguin Books turns eighty; how lit mag editors find new writers; and other news.
Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s global voice; Cave Canem cofounder Toi Derricotte retires; Alice Notley interviewed at BOMB; and other news.
Morrissey’s novel receives harsh reviews; Amazon announces pilot series about Zelda Fitzgerald; National Punctuation Day; and other news.
James Patterson receives lifetime achievement award; e-book sales dip this year; Scottish thesaurus project reveals 421 words for snow; and other news.
Famed literary agent Carmen Balcells has died; the pleasures of reading forbidden books; writing programs and the lack of diversity; and other news.
Authors sign open letter to Chinese president calling for release of jailed writers; best-selling novelist Jackie Collins has died; Olive Kitteridge miniseries adapted from prize-winning novel wins six Emmys; and other news.
The first “GIF novel”; Martin Amis on adapting novels for film; Alexander Chee on self-promotion and Elena Ferrante; and other news.
New York Times hires new book critic; Salman Rushdie’s reading habits; the National Book Award in fiction longlist is announced; and other news.
A history of writing in cafés; National Book Award in nonfiction longlist announced; U.S. author earnings fall below poverty level; and other news.
Jonathan Franzen among new contributors to Chipotle’s “Cultivating Thought” series; Man Booker shortlist announced; an interview with poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; and other news.
The New York Times announces David Carr Fellowship; Thomas Pynchon conspiracy update; how crowdfunding is shaping avant-garde literary journals; and other news.
Best American Poetry controversy continues; Hemingway’s taxidermied marlin to be repaired; Academy of American Poets announces 2015 prizewinners; and other news.
Tennessee parent attempts to ban Henrietta Lacks biography from schools; Neil Gaiman’s book about Duran Duran; a Thomas Pynchon conspiracy theory; and other news.
Novels about the immigrant experience; Erica Jong and Roxane Gay’s feminism dispute; the best books about work; and other news.
How sponsorships saved Borderlands Books; highlights from the National Book Festival; Stephen King and Tobias Wolff awarded National Medal of Arts; and other news.
Jhumpa Lahiri and Annie Dillard receive National Humanities Medal; publishers see drop in e-book sales since signing new contracts with Amazon; an interview with Celeste Ng; and other news.
Elena Ferrante on gender stereotypes; National Book Foundation honors Don DeLillo for lifetime achievement; Tim Parks on ambiguity in fiction; and other news.
Jonathan Franzen’s divided reputation; Patrick Modiano’s search for “pre-history”; the qualifications of a critic; and other news.
Royal Shakespeare Company launches rap app; expert concludes Harper Lee manuscript is not a third novel; Scarlett Johansson fails to ban book that features her likeness; and other news.
Ursula K. Le Guin updates her 1998 writing manual for the twenty-first century; Oxford Dictionaries adds one thousand new words to its website; Colombian garbage man provides books to children in impoverished areas; and other news.
The turmoil behind Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman; on marriage, writing, and Clarice Lispector; the total weirdness of the book tour; and other news.