The New York Times reports on the Strand Bookstore’s call for help; Hilary Mantel reflects on the writing life; poet Diane di Prima has died at age eighty-six; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza discusses her new book; Angie Cruz celebrates the multiplicity of immigrant stories; Susie Yang charts her transition from tech to creative writing; and other stories.
The awards buzz for Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart; Vivian Gibson talks being a lifelong writer; translator David Boyd reflects on Hiroko Oyamada’s unique writing style; and other stories.
Publishing veteran Molly Stern has founded her own independent press; Kaitlyn Greenidge writes against the cultural obsession with firsts; editors recover ghost stories by women writers of the past; and other stories.
Tyree Daye recalls finding his poetic tradition; Tamara Payne reflects on completing her late father’s biography of Malcolm X; Donna Hemans traces how family history informs her fiction; and other stories.
Controversy surrounding plans for Dublin house made famous by James Joyce story; Tracy K. Smith departs The Slowdown podcast; Alexis Okeowo profiles writer and scholar Saidiya Hartman; and other stories.
Rebecca Roanhorse reflects on world-building; Kathleen Rooney discusses writing from a nonhuman perspective; Jonny Diamond finds grace in the taxonomy of trees; and other stories.
Poets & Writers announces Melissa Ford Gradel as new executive director; translating the Black Lives Matter movement; Barnes & Noble subject to cybersecurity attack; and other stories.
The New York Times checks in with indie bookstore owners across the country; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy announces Albertine Prize shortlist; the Chicago Review of Books names CHIRBy Awards finalists; and other stories.
Franny Choi writes on Battlestar Galactica and breaking the cycle of racism; Anne Helen Peterson discusses historicizing millennial burnout; Bookshop announces its U.K. board; and other stories.
Books Through Bars works through the pandemic; Dana Levin shares lessons from Louise Glück; Bookselling Without Borders rebrands as Books Across Borders; and other stories.
Sales of film and television rights are on the rise; editors at the Rumpus reflect on the presidential election; the New York Public Library shares a reading list for Indigenous Peoples’ Day; and other stories.
Sienna Farris named director of multicultural marketing at Simon & Schuster; City Lit Books in Chicago to close permanently; Tyree Daye shares how superstition informs his writing; and other stories.
The Clifton House received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; eighty-five artists were selected for the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program; Alex Shephard of the New Republic shared his Nobel Prize in Literature predictions; and other stories.
The House of SpeakEasy has received a $100,000 grant from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation; Rumaan Alam discusses the timely lessons of his latest novel, Leave the World Behind; Sarah Kasbeer reflects on writing as a tool to examine trauma; and other stories.
Publishers Weekly checks in with the owners of Book Club in New York City; Irish poet Derek Mahon died on Friday; editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen relaunch Monkey; and other stories.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has eliminated 525 positions in its education group; editor Bill Kartalopoulos reflects on the discontinuation of the annual Best American Comics anthology; Patrick Bassett named CEO of Powell’s Books; and other stories.
The shortlists for the 2020 National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose; Jamia Wilson to join Random House as vice president and executive editor; Gary Younge considers the enduring relevance of Richard Wright’s Native Son; and other stories.
Kimiko Tobimatsu complicates traditional narratives of cancer; Juan Felipe Herrera reads poems on NPR; Joanna Scutts examines the legacy of poet Alice Dunbar-Nelson; and other stories.
Marilynne Robinson reflects on the future of America; Tiffany McDaniel discusses staying true to her narrative; Charles Finch shares his approach to literary criticism; and other stories.
Fariha Róisín on the debut novel that took her eighteen years to write; the Los Angeles Public Library system adapts to the pandemic era; Nicole Dennis-Benn celebrates the work of Lambda Literary; and other stories.
Artist Relief has distributed more than $13.5 million to creatives; the Los Angeles Times Book Club hosts “Black Poets in a Time of Unrest”; Anja Kampmann reflects on the invisible world of oil rig workers; and other stories.
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop pays tribute to Kimarlee Nguyen; Hari Kunzru discusses the precarity of democracy in America; Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf to serve as senior director of literary programs at PEN America; and other stories.
Literary Hub compiles a “list-of-lists” for fall books; Jenny Bhatt shares her path to writing; Brian Dillon close reads Joan Didion’s Vogue photo captions; and other stories.
Poets Gwendolyn Baxley and Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz share new poems for Black life; Halle Butler talks to the Guardian on making art under capitalism; Tim Parks compares the activities of writing and translating; and other stories.