Frankfurt Book Fair organizers adapt to the pandemic; Tim Parks proposes a new set of literary categories; Ron Charles unpacks the “summer reading” label; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
The Amazon Literary Partnership announces 2020 grant recipients; the Academy of American Poets awards Poetry Fund grants; Victoria Chang discusses the uglier emotions in Obit; and other stories.
Lydia Millet on the complementary powers of science and art; John Paul Brammer discusses his advice column and his forthcoming memoir; Robin Wall Kimmerer on restoring respect for nature; and other stories.
Michael Barron on the plight of small publishers under COVID-19; Irish officials and citizens are turning to poetry to weather the pandemic; publishing executive Charles Dorsey has died at age eighty-three; and other stories.
Sejal Shah talks language, humor, and home; Hal Foster seeks structural change; Amy Jo Burns discusses the origins of Shiner; and other stories.
Larissa Lai wins Lambda Literary’s midcareer novelist prize; Macmillan and Hachette introduce new sales programs to assist independent bookstores; Patrick Madden looks beyond the “ready-made” in his essays; and other stories.
Olivia Laing searches for solutions amid catastrophe; literary agent Frances Goldin dies at age ninety-five; S. D. Chrostowska muses on dreaming under the coronavirus; and other stories.
Kawai Strong Washburn on using a chorus of narrators; Gabrielle Bell discusses her semi-autobiographical comics; the Washington Post assembles a new virtual literary events calendar; and other stories.
Bryan Washington wins the 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize; the Guardian talks to Francophone African authors about the movement to publish locally; Entertainment Weekly hosts a roundtable on queer literature; and other stories.
Colleagues and friends pay tribute to Carolyn Reidy; Myriam Gurba questions Joan Didion’s claim to California; the Economist highlights nurse-authors; and other stories.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha wins prize for lesbian/queer nonfiction; Kundiman accepts nine fellows for 2020 Mentorship Lab Program; a pandemic novelist reflects on the coronavirus; and other stories.
The 92nd Street Y announces the winners of its Discovery Poetry Contest; Dan Chiasson writes in praise of Wanda Coleman; Ava Homa weighs fiction versus reality; and other stories.
The Seattle Review of Books plans to go on “indefinite hiatus”; editor Marian Wood has died; Sabrina Orah Mark writes about navigating the academic job market; and other stories.
Kiki Petrosino discusses silence, poetic form, and spirituality; the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign closes out with more than $1.2 million in donations; Ellen O’Connell Whittet considers the relationship between writing and dance; and other stories.
Lambda Literary announces the winners of the Judith A. Markowitz Award; a new literary podcast celebrates Indian writers; Central Avenue Publishing plans coronavirus anthology; and other stories.
Kristen Millares Young discusses the art of character development; Miranda Popkey describes her revision process; Jenny Odell on time and attention under coronavirus; and other stories.
Natalia Hero examines the long aftermath of sexual assault; Percival Everett’s latest novel is publishing in three different versions; Vogue reports on how the coronavirus is affecting the literary community; and other stories.
The winners of the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards; Saskia Vogel and Jen Calleja discuss their dual identities as writers and translators; Lorrie Moore reflects on her journey as a writer; and other stories.
Mark Nowak on poetry as a mode of solidarity; literary organizations plan #ReadIndie social media campaign; the Los Angeles Times reports on artist residencies in the age of coronavirus; and other stories.
Paisley Rekdal assembles a digital map of literary Utah; Niall McArdle reports on new online literary projects in Ireland; Ho Sok Fong describes having her work translated; and other stories.
Stephen King weighs in on the politics of the coronavirus pandemic; Stephanie Burt writes in praise of long poems; Caits Meissner offers a pep talk to writers; and other stories.
Megan Milks profiles Bruce Boone, a leading figure of the New Narrative movement; the Center for the Art of Translation raises funds for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation; Thea Lim reflects on her fictional pandemic versus the reality of COVID-19; and other stories.
An early review of the BBC/Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People; Bookshop faces some pushback from booksellers; a new Twitter account calls attention to systemic issues in the publishing industry; and other stories.
A petition calls on the Poetry Foundation to establish relief fund; Naoise Dolan discusses her debut novel, Exciting Times; the New York Times profiles Dutch novelist Marieke Lucas Rijneveld; and other stories.
Rick and Becky Riordan announce matching gift challenge of $100,000 for the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign; Publishers Weekly talks to a South Carolina bookseller who has reopened her store; Mary Billard reflects on the magic of Three Lives & Company in New York City; and other stories.