The best-selling books of the year so far; the father writing a new children’s book every day for a year; student scholarships in limbo at the University of Alaska; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
The perils of publishing “heaven tourism” books; Emily Nussbaum’s “Bad Fan” theory; the rise of the critical interview; and other news.
#BookstoresAgainstBorders raises more than $48,000; Microsoft closes e-library; Ayesha Harruna Attah on unearthing the stories of her ancestors; and other news.
Teju Cole on the value of literature and translation; Mary Gaitskill on writing about #MeToo; Yanyi on poetry as the archive of a mental universe; and other news.
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s Independence Day poem; Elisa Gabbert on the “open mode” of longer projects; Garth Greenwell on Iris Murdoch’s gayest novel; and other news.
Independent publisher Deep Vellum acquires two imprints; Rebecca Godfrey and Leslie Jamison talk female rage; a gay pulp fiction archive; and other news.
Backlash to Angie Thomas’s request to not be tagged in negative reviews; Alaska governor slashes university funding; Meghan Daum’s Gen-X lens; and other news.
The policies of self-help author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson; Tracy K. Smith talks laureate-to-laureate with Scottish makar Jackie Kay; Asian American novelists respond to vintage photographs; and other news.
The Association of American Publishers speaks out against Amazon and Google; N. K. Jemisin on messing with people’s expectations; a handy guide to ancient Greek epitaphs; and other news.
A book recommendation for every age; Carmen Maria Machado to write horror comic; Emily Nussbaum on writing about television; and other news.
Rita Dove honored; first-year sales for now famous books; the paradox of Lore Segal; and other news.
How Jenna Bush Hager become the new book club queen; sharing a writing life with Toni Morrison; social media scrutiny in the young adult publishing world; and other news.
Lisa Taddeo on researching female desire; Octavia Butler’s birthday; the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award longlist; and other news.
Ariana Reines on becoming a Beat poet; a love story featuring Anne Sexton and a monk; the censorship of Vasily Grossman; and other news.
Remembering Kevin Killian; PEN America condemns death of Uighur author; how to become a full-time poet; and other news.
Danez Smith pays tribute to Essex Hemphill; Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on a disabled literary tradition; Amazon editors on the year’s best books; and other news.
Sarah Manguso on writing about menopause; when Gloria Vanderbilt reviewed children’s books; Nicholas Sparks’s e-mails leaked; and other news.
Paris Review publisher Susannah Hunnewell has died; Taffy Brodesser-Akner on reading Philip Roth instead of Sweet Valley High; writing a book with your father; and other news.
National student poets announced; the poetry and politics of El Salvador’s José Roberto Cea; Joanne Ramos on controlling the female body; and other news.
Maria Kuznetsova on creating a female misfit; day one of the Poetry to the People road trip; balancing fact and invention in fiction writing; and other news.
New publication ZORA celebrates women of color; the modernization of publishing offices; a new bidder for Barnes & Noble; and other news.
Reimagining the publishing world as a fantasy baseball league; the 2019 ASLE awards for environmental writing; widening the Booker Prize competition; and other news.
Copyright dispute over Penguin Classics edition of John Okada’s No-No Boy; Kristen Arnett on not writing a coming out story; five commentators on whether Shakespeare was a woman; and other news.
Griffin Poetry Prize winners announced; private equity firm to purchase Barnes & Noble; writers and editors bid farewell to Tin House; and other news.
Asian American Writers’ Workshop announces interim executive director; backlash against prosecutor-turned-novelist Linda Fairstein; Haruki Murakami on rearranging the literary vocabulary; and other news.