Kafka’s Metamorphosis turns one hundred this month; multicity literary event series benefits PEN Emergency Fund; Random House vice president leaves to focus on writing; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Amazon vice president responds to New York Times investigative article; rare “Sinners Bible” up for auction; Tim Parks on Primo Levi; and other news.
Proust’s madeleine began as toast; print vs. digital battle may be over; David Lynch announces hybrid memoir/biography; and other news.
A literary history of whales; Nobel Prize–winning author Svetlana Alexievich profiled at the New Yorker; Margaret Atwood on her new novel; and other news.
Salman Rushdie kicks off Frankfurt Book Fair; Marlon James wins Man Booker prize; National Book Award shortlists announced; and other news.
Joshua Cohen writes serialized novel in real time; “speakeasy” bookstore shows signs of reopening; a visit to poet Anna Ahkmatova’s apartment; and other news.
Truth versus nostalgia in rural fiction; Steven Pinker on writing rules; poet John Clare’s unlikely legacy; and other news.
Svetlana Alexievich awarded Nobel Prize in Literature; an interview with Ann Beattie; National Poetry Day; and other news.
Seamus Heaney’s archive to be unveiled next year; Patti Smith announces work on detective novel; Edgar Allen Poe’s enduring appeal; and other news.
Uncertain future for Carmen Balcells lit agency; Iran protests Frankfurt Book Fair; an appreciation of Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse; and other news.
Elizabeth Bishop and Clarice Lispector’s relationship; Jenny Diski’s memoir-in-parts; Swedish novelist Henning Mankell has died; and other news.
BlazeVox announces Bettering American Poetry anthology; a tour of Margaret Atwood’s speculative novels; Dan Beachy-Quick on Moby-Dick; and other news.
Blackstone Audio launches print imprint; the ethics of cultural appropriation in literature; Patti Smith’s new memoir; and other news.
Book banned in New Zealand to be published in the U.S; an interview with Valeria Luiselli; National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honorees announced; and other news.
MacArthur Genius fellows announced; Daniel Handler and wife give $1 million to Planned Parenthood; confessional writing’s legacy; and other news.
Waterstones launches Buy Books for Syria campaign; Penguin Books turns eighty; how lit mag editors find new writers; and other news.
Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s global voice; Cave Canem cofounder Toi Derricotte retires; Alice Notley interviewed at BOMB; and other news.
Morrissey’s novel receives harsh reviews; Amazon announces pilot series about Zelda Fitzgerald; National Punctuation Day; and other news.
James Patterson receives lifetime achievement award; e-book sales dip this year; Scottish thesaurus project reveals 421 words for snow; and other news.
Famed literary agent Carmen Balcells has died; the pleasures of reading forbidden books; writing programs and the lack of diversity; and other news.
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.