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Daily News from Poets & Writers
James Patterson cancels publication of novel The Murder of Stephen King; Lidia Yuknavitch reimagines Joan of Arc; PEN releases report on China’s censorship of foreign journalists; and other news.
New Yorker profiles Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden; a reflection on Langston Hughes’s “I, Too”; Emma Donoghue on Emily Dickinson; and other news.
Robert A. Caro receives National Book Foundation lifetime achievement award; fiction writer Brit Bennett on her debut novel; comic book authors publish book to benefit Orlando victims; and other news.
Hilton Als on Edward Albee; Athens named World Book Capital 2018; the lost and found poetry of Misuzu Kaneko; and other news.
Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee has died; Ottessa Moshfegh on writing her Man Booker shortlisted novel Eileen; how long it took authors to write their famous novels; and other news.
Louise Glück and James McBride receive National Humanities Medals; poet Elizabeth Alexander on the Museum of African American History and Culture; Carla Hayden sworn in as fourteenth librarian of congress; and other news.
On New Yorker poetry; serial publication and the collaborative writing process; Lena Dunham named spokesperson for Indies First; and other news.
Machine uses radiation to scan contents of ancient books; Nick Flynn and Roy Scranton on the poetics of war; Jennifer Weiner’s reaction to Oprah’s book club pick; and other news.
Lionel Shriver’s remarks spark backlash at Australian book fest; Kazim Ali on interdisciplinary approaches to writing; Man Booker shortlist announced; and other news.
OED adds Roald Dahl coinages to celebrate author’s centenary; speaking with the unofficial poet laureate of Twitter; David Foster Wallace eight years after his death; and other news.
Jail time for overdue library books; Henry Louis Gates, Jr. leads fundraising campaign to save James Baldwin’s home; American novels and individualism; and other news.
On misattributing phrases to Shakespeare; poets Wendy Xu and Anaïs Duplan on constructing narratives; a professional book critic’s love of Amazon reviews; and other news.
Oxford Dictionaries shuts down survey of disliked words due to “severe misuse”; a profile of poet Bernadette Mayer; National Book Foundation director Lisa Lucas in the New York Times Magazine; and other news.
President Obama’s lucrative book deals; National Read a Book Day; Belle Boggs on her new memoir; and other news.
New study shows Americans prefer print books to e-books; Italian teens receive €500 cultural vouchers; Jonathan Safran Foer on his new novel; and other news.
The Deaf Poets Society launches crowd-funding campaign; teen science and tech program incorporates science fiction into workshops; Margaret Atwood discusses her forthcoming graphic novel; and other news.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author sued by Hachette; how a contemporary poetry book became a best-seller; Lena Dunham to publish short story collection; and other news.
PEN launches event series for Muslim American writers; Gene Wilder’s literary works; Cairo court upholds Egyptian writer’s prison sentence; and other news.
Google returns Dennis Cooper’s blog; Ian McEwan on writing his seventeenth novel; the “Nu-Audacity” school of poetry; and other news.
Frank Ocean’s literary aesthetic; beautiful libraries around the world; books in translation by women; and other news.
Elizabeth Bishop’s correspondence; the physical history of the book; novels written by comic book creators; and other news.
Award-winning novelist Marlon James featured on Vanity Fair’s “Daring 25” list; Deep Vellum publisher Will Evans on publishing works in translation; Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life optioned as series; and other news.
WNYC talks to poet Evie Shockley about her #DearPresident message; on great sentences; librarians’ top-ten September books; and other news.
Poet Yona Harvey on writing for Marvel Comics; publishers react to recent firing of Barnes & Noble CEO; fiction writer Leopoldine Core on voyeurism and obsession; and other news.