Famed literary agent Carmen Balcells has died; the pleasures of reading forbidden books; writing programs and the lack of diversity; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
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.
What to read in the dog days of summer; libraries on bikes; a children's book that induces hypnosis; and other news.
The poet Cynthia Macdonald has died; Duke freshmen boycott Bechdel's Fun Home; Morrissey releases debut novel; and other news.
Sesame Street's Maria publishes a memoir; Ishiguro's archive acquired by the University of Texas; authors and their writing spaces; and other news.
McDonald’s “Happy Readers” campaign angers healthy eating group; former U.S. poet laureate William Jay Smith has died; a literary field guide to New Jersey; and other news.
Academy of American Poets to launch “Teach This Poem” service; Jane Austen is the subject of a new romantic comedy; an interview with critic and New Yorker writer James Wood; and other news.
No winner chosen for 2015 AWP Creative Nonfiction prize; Benjamin Moser on the fiction of Clarice Lispector; Mississippi authors urge legislators to change state flag; and other news.
Amazon’s cutthroat work environment; design a book cover for Infinite Jest’s twentieth anniversary; Ann Rice calls online criticism of controversial books “the new censorship”; and other news.
Little Free Library vandalized; Claire Messud’s reasons for writing fiction; Obama’s summer reading list; and other news.