An analysis of reading habits in the United States; Lawrence Wright’s prescient pandemic novel; Ed Simon on literary responses to pandemics through the ages; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Maris Kreizman puts the cancellation of Woody Allen’s memoir in context; New York City Penguin Random House staff work from home; Emma Warren’s guide for managing imposter syndrome; and other stories.
Jane Hirshfield discusses her life in poetry; Mira Jacob considers the advantages of graphic narrative; Alex Halberstadt turns his journalistic eye inwards; and other stories.
Booksellers in the time of coronavirus; Sonya Chung on being a latecomer to the literary life; David Grundy remembers Sean Bonney; and other stories.
Brandon Taylor talks Real Life; an interview with the multigenerational team behind Chicken of the Sea; Refinery29 celebrates powerful women in the literary world; and other stories.
Oprah’s Book Club rescinds its selection of My Dark Vanessa; Sarah MacLachlan to leave House of Anansi Press; Alison Stine on the prohibitive costs of attending AWP; and other stories.
Recording the Ducks, Newburyport audiobook; the writers challenging linearity; the Paris Review announces winners of its annual prizes; and other stories.
Diane Zinna resigns as coexecutive director of AWP; PEN/Faulkner Foundation announces fiction award finalists; Bette Warner resigns from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; and other stories.
Sarah Blackwood on the enduring value of The Age of Innocence; sixteen writers longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction; Vivian Gornick reflects on her literary life; and other stories.
Lynn Steger Strong on unequal opportunity in literary life; Gabrielle Bellot pays tribute to Kamau Braithwaite; Parul Sehgal discusses life as a literary critic; and other stories.
R. Eric Thomas on the serious business of satire; Jennifer Baker’s roundtable with four revolutionary Black women poets; Emma Copley Eisenberg on ethical reporting; and other stories.
Poet Lisel Mueller has died at ninety-six; T. Cole Rachel offers a map for newcomers to poetry; Samuel Delany and Jeremy O. Harris in conversation; and other stories.
Matvei Yankelevich calls for political solidarity in publishing; Latinx in Publishing launches new mentorship program; Teddy Wayne shares lessons from years of interviewing; and other stories.
Ohio designates February 18 “Toni Morrison Day”; Lynne Feeley reviews recent retellings of Emily Dickinson; Emma Copley Eisenberg discusses the language of trauma; and other stories.
Longtime editor Hope Dellon has died; poet Victoria Chang shares where she finds inspiration; hundreds gather to remember Knopf leader Sonny Mehta; and other stories.
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo shares how writing a memoir changed his art; Jenn Shapland talks finding her story through Carson McCullers’s; Sally Rooney offers a window into her reading life; and other stories.
Sarah Crichton to lead Henry Holt as editor in chief; Megan O’Grady considers literary female trios across the ages; Lauren Groff celebrates the work of Lorrie Moore; and other stories.
Clare Beams discusses early sources of inspiration; Matvei Yankelevich continues his series examining the professionalization of the small press world; Kate Knibbs considers recent works of “doomer” literature; and other stories.
Adrienne Miller traces the literary industry’s longstanding misogyny; Antonio López looks for the roots of U.S. Latinx poetry; literary agent Kiele Raymond offers advice to emerging writers; and other stories.
Kathleen Graber wins the 2020 Rilke Prize; Craig Morgan Teicher previews 2020 in poetry; Halimah Marcus teaches writing endings; and other stories.
The British Library purchases Andrea Levy papers; Arundhati Roy on writing under fascism; Luis J. Rodriguez on the value of poetry; and other stories.
Guernica traces Hanif Abdurraqib’s career to date; Matvei Yankelevich on the political forces shaping the small press world; Inc. visits a New Hampshire indie bookstore turned political hotspot; and other stories.
Jenn Shapland explores why we recommend books to lovers; Brandon Taylor charts his transition from biochemistry to writing; Vikram Chandra pilots a software that helps writers with world-building; and other stories.
The Poetry Coalition announces Poetry & Protest programming; Literary Hub nominates books for Oscars; Roxane Gay reflects on her year in reading; and other stories.
Kamau Brathwaite has died; Tin House Online closes shop; Barnes & Noble and Penguin Random House cancel Diverse Editions project; and other stories.