Christopher Bollen wins Bad Sex in Fiction Award; the crackdown on books in Egypt; new study investigates what makes poems pleasing; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Jorie Graham on writing poetry in the late season of her life; Publishers Weekly names Carolyn Reidy person of the year; the problem with the poetry industry; and other news.
Ron Charles on the current state of political satire; Cassandra Clare lands seven-figure two-book deal; poetry on vinyl; and other news.
Entropy’s picks for the best poetry of 2017; eight reasons your submission strategy sucks; dictionary.com announces its word of the year; and other news.
December’s must-read poetry books; the tricks of menu design; LARB Books acquires Les Figues Press; and other news.
Bad Sex in Fiction Award shortlist announced; the enduring challenge of Hart Crane’s poem “The Bridge”; jewelry made from books; and other news.
Longlist for the Tournament of Books announced; recommendations for books about food; Margaret Atwood’s typewriters; and other news.
Dictionaries for prisoners; Thanksgiving poems; Liz Phair signs two-book deal with Random House; and other news.
A defense of Mary Oliver; David France wins 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize; Zinzi Clemmons speaks out against Lenny Letter and Lena Dunham; and other news.
Washington Post’s best books of 2017; a profile of Chinese novelist Xue Yiwei; writing with a disability; and other news.
Marilynne Robinson on democracy and discourse; Chinua Achebe’s Google Doodle; the seven sins of book blurbing; and other news.
Essayist Megan Stielstra on finding community; a profile of Roxane Gay; why Leonardo da Vinci wrote backwards; and other news.
Major publishers report uptick in sales for third quarter of 2017; Louise Erdrich on her new novel and motherhood; Susan Sontag’s fiction; and other news.
Actress Krysten Ritter releases thriller novel; McSweeney’s and Casper Mattress launch print magazine; Beth Ann Fennelly on micro-memoirs; and other news.
Charles Simic and Katha Pollitt on the past year; Reginald Dwayne Betts sworn into Connecticut bar; the myths behind J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy; and other news.
Poet wins Minneapolis City Council seat; John Kulka named editorial director of the Library of America; wildlife sculptures made from recycled books; and other news.
The proliferation of bestseller lists; writers speak out against pirated e-books; a profile of Emily Wilson, the first woman to translate the Odyssey; and other news.
Jonathan Franzen on the state of the essay; Roxane Gay to edit anthology on rape culture; a massive library opens in Tianjin, China; and other news.
Camille T. Dungy talks writing, race, and motherhood; bookstores recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey; the enduring inspiration of Nancy Drew; and other news.
Patrick Rosal on being mistaken for the help; the rise of Spanish-language curriculum in graduate creative writing programs; a film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians; and other news.
Scholastic publishes series based on ten-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak; film versus book trilogies; Mohsin Hamid on optimism; and other news.
Jacqueline Woodson signs two-book deal with Riverhead; Austin Central Library opens; poet Fay Chiang has died; and other news.
Turkish novelist Elif Shafak joins Future Library; Publishers Weekly’s best books of 2017; Bill Cain, pseudonymous author of Murder, She Wrote, dies; and other news.