What literature can do that op-eds cannot; Ian McKellen returns $1.4 million memoir advance; James Hannaham wins $15,000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Beverly Cleary on turning a hundred; Ahmed Naji to receive PEN Freedom to Write Award; Hachette-Perseus Book Group deal closed; and other news.
Nobel laureate Imre Kertész has died; reading past bad first impressions; judges for the 2016 National Book Awards announced; and other news.
Flint, Michigan, teen poets on the power of art; the Los Angeles Times appoints major writers as new book-critics-at-large; Afghani book drive helps build libraries in areas struck by violence; and other news.
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts releases 2015 VIDA Count; an interview with Los Angeles poet laureate Luis J. Rodriguez; a field report of Shakespeare’s First Folio cross-country tour; and other news.
The problem of the “important, inappropriate literary man;” Harper Lee letters go to auction this week; on writing fully realized characters; and other news.
Celebrated author Jim Harrison has died; Irish writers reflect on the 1916 rebellion; children’s author Beverly Cleary on turning a hundred and her writing career; and other news.
American Psycho reconsidered; the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction; on confessional writing by women; and other news.
On the craft choices of debut novelists; BuzzFeed launches section for new writing; missing Hong Kong editor returns; and other news.
Kimiko Hahn elected president of Poetry Society of America; discovery of original German Darkness at Noon manuscript prompts new translation; Daniel Clowes on his career as a graphic novelist; and other news.
Climate fiction’s growing popularity; an interview with poet Robyn Schiff; Hemingway biopic trailer released; and other news.
Prince announces upcoming memoir; Europe’s first print-on-demand bookstore; women poets to read right now; and other news.
National Book Critics Circle Awards winners announced; lost H. P. Lovecraft manuscript discovered in defunct magic shop; a reading of Moby-Dick by famous actors; and other news.
Screenwriter and director Michael Mann launches publishing imprint; on the “misunderstood” poet Stevie Smith; Qatari poet released from prison; and other news.
Shakespeare’s last handwritten manuscript digitized; literary translation quality versus celebrity; HarperCollins to offer discount Mockingbird paperbacks to schools; and other news.
Crack a millionaire’s cryptic poem to find his treasure; beat writer’s block with ludicrous jottings; So Sad Today author Melissa Broder talks anxiety and Twitter; and other news.
Professor debunks claims that she is Elena Ferrante; new world literacy ranking places Finland as most literate nation; a trip to Amazon’s bookstore; and other news.
National Book Foundation’s new executive director Lisa Lucas talks publishing and diversity; the politics behind dictionaries; the Tournament of Books kicks off; and other news.
Harper Lee’s will to be kept private; Maggie Nelson interviewed; North Korean story collection smuggled out of country to be published in English; and other news.
VIDA staff shares the books that changed their lives; Amazon plans to open San Diego bookstore; Morgan Jerkins on black women writers’ diaries; and other news.
Marilynne Robinson on American public universities; how MFAs have influenced the contemporary American novel; Seattle poetry-only bookstore for sale; and other news.
Jane Eyre and the invention of the self; a singer’s homage to poet Anna Akhmatova; Ann Beattie on David Markson; and other news.
World Book Day; author Ethan Canin on creating emotional endings; recommended writers’ journals; and other news.
Emory University opens Seamus Heaney letters archive to public; rewriting adoption stories; Valley of the Dolls at fifty; and other news.
Missing Hong Kong booksellers speak on Chinese television; on interviewing Umberto Eco; a writer visits James Baldwin’s home; and other news.