Elena Ferrante on gender stereotypes; National Book Foundation honors Don DeLillo for lifetime achievement; Tim Parks on ambiguity in fiction; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
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.
University of Akron Press “transitional” director appointed; David Foster Wallace’s “bro-lit” irony; Murakami’s answers to fan queries published as giant e-book; and other news.
Ukraine’s literary scene; early J. R. R. Tolkien story to be published for the first time; Florida high school removes book from summer reading list after parents complain; and other news.
Authors reflect on the #BlackLivesMatter movement; Elizabeth Alexander on writing through grief; writers respond to works at Storylines Guggenheim exhibit; and other news.
England marks thirtieth anniversary of Philip Larkin’s death; Lidia Yuknavitch on storytelling and violence; Astrid Lindgren’s WWII diaries to be released in U.S. next year; and other news.
Finding meaning in the nonsensical; a farewell to a speakeasy bookstore; George Braziller’s memoir-in-vignettes; and other news.
Bill Clegg on being an agent and an author; Ursula K. LeGuin shares her current literary preferences; author-hosted podcasts for your morning commute; and other news.
Fred Moten interviewed; Shirley Jackson on fan mail; Jonathan Franzen’s ideological critique; and other news.
New software streamlines authors’ e-mail archives; Mad Men book props up for auction; debut authors in conversation; and other news.
An introverted writer’s lament; Alan Cheuse has died; Charlie Hebdo’s sudden extreme wealth; and other news.
A “gritty” TV adaptation of Little Women; a map of literary road trips; Michigan bookstore refunds purchases of Go Set a Watchman; and other news.
NYC Dept. of Education to sign $30 million Amazon e-book deal; poet Richard Blanco on visiting Cuba; boy receives hundreds of book donations after Facebook message goes viral; and other news.
Hackers use Jane Austen to trick antivirus software; 2015 Man Booker longlist announced; how Lydia Davis’s short stories recreate social media’s effects; and other news.