Godfather author archives sold at auction for $625,000; how the theatrical adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 compares to the book; John Ashbery on the poetry of Delmore Schwartz; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
A strategy for reading more nonfiction books faster; David Biespiel on Frank Stanford’s poetry; academics ponder the fate of Karl Ove Knausgaard; and other news.
Two poems by J. R. R. Tolkien discovered in British school annual; Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying uncensored on BBC Radio; novelist Dana Spiotta profiled; and other news.
Daniel Craig set to star in Jonathan Franzen’s Purity adaptation; China forbids writer to travel to U.S. to accept Harvard award; an interview with essayist John D’Agata; and other news.
Margaret Atwood on the science of humanity; Saeed Jones in conversation with Alexander Chee; love poems that will make you seem sensitive and smart; and other news.
Paddle out to the floating library; coauthor a book with James Patterson; collect all new Lesbian Poet Trading Cards; and other news.
Essential black memoirs; defending the role of the critic; Toni Morrison on evil and altruism; and other news.
Iraq war veterans on writing fiction; college students prefer print books to digital; racy Tagore translation pulled from Chinese stores; and other news.
St. Marks Bookshop may shutter soon; literary love quiz; young writers of color share their favorite poems; and other news.
National Book Foundation launches program for LGBTQ teens; Tournament of Books brackets posted; Robert Lowell’s complicated relationships with women; and other news.
Tim Parks on the state of translation; five ways Infinite Jest predicted the future; T. S. Eliot’s notes on detective fiction; and other news.
Amazon to open more physical stores; self-loathing book trailers; on writer envy and the real purpose of writing; and other news.
New York Times features profile of editor Chris Jackson; Margo Jefferson interviewed at Bomb; Joan Didion as L.A’s angel of death; and other news.
Meg Ryan set to direct rom-com set in the publishing world; young poets make the genre “cool” again; Molly Crabapple on art and activism; and other news.
#1000BlackGirlBooks campaign; study suggests white women account for majority of publishing positions; fractal patterns in classic texts; and other news.
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.
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.