Charles Baxter remembers poet Larry Levis; Virginia Quarterly Review’s literary Instagram experiment; Nobel Prize losers of 1965; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
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.
War and Peace marathon; writing as an art vs. career; unreliable narrators and the psychology of online life; and other news.
How books shaped Christmas; Alexievich delivers Nobel lecture; all-curated bookstore opens in New York; and other news.
Print books and children’s development; Kurt Vonnegut’s wife; British contemporary poetry and race; and other news.
Dawn Lundy Martin on creativity and experimentation in poetry; Joyce Carol Oates’s favorite 2015 books; how to split an infinitive; and other news.
Posthumous publication profits; Donald Trump’s poetry; in defense of simple words; and other news.
Black Mountain College retrospective; Ernest Hemingway biopic; writing towards conformity; and other news.
Underrated books; Jean Valentine interviewed; Franny Choi at PBS NewsHour; and other news.
Jeanette Winterson and Marlon James in conversation; notable books of 2015; Kobe Bryant announces his retirement in a poem; and other news.
Cultural figures call for release of Palestinian poet facing execution; Ta-Nehisi Coates on hope; John Freeman profiles Ben Lerner; and other news.
The public intellectual in the age of specialization; Palestinian poet sentenced to death for denouncing Islam; Luc Sante interviewed; and other news.
The New Yorker launches novella column; Greek New Testament fragment discovered on eBay; editor John Freeman on starting literary journal Freeman’s; and other news.
Vonnegut novel to be adapted into television series; Hemingway tops French best-seller list; Los Angeles Library dedicates branch to poet Wanda Coleman; and other news.