Ta-Nehisi Coates shares why his novel is titled The Water Dancer; the Paris Review teases new content for the quarterly’s podcast; Ann Patchett on throwing away an entire draft; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
New York Magazine finds a new home at Vox Media; PEN America examines banned books in the U.S. prison system; Ta-Nehisi Coates talks speculative fiction; and other news.
Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name, appears on 60 Minutes; a Jewish girl's diary from the Holocaust is published in English for the first time; crime novelists discuss the pleasures and perils of their genre; and other news.
Samantha Hunt wins the 2019 St. Francis College Literary Prize for The Dark Dark; the new CEO of Barnes & Noble shares his business plan; book publishers reconsider professional fact-checking; and other news.
Publishers Weekly names Jennifer Baker the 2019 PW Superstar; a new home for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library; Leslie Jamison in the latest installment of By the Book at the New York Times; and other news.
The New York Public Library declines to host an event sponsored by foundation connected to Saudi crown prince; the New York Times probes the price of the writers’ workshop; Lucy Ellmann talks Ducks, Newburyport; and other news.
The postal service releases a Walt Whitman stamp; Merriam-Webster expands definition of “they”; two poets wander an art museum; and other news.
The National Book Foundation announces the longlist for its translated literature award; Macmillan taps Amy Einhorn to lead Henry Holt; scholars identify John Milton’s copy of Shakespeare’s first folio; and other news.
The National Book Foundation announces the longlist for its young people’s literature award; Esmé Weijun Wang on perseverance; a French Canadian author slipping under the radar; and other news.
Edmund White to receive an honorary National Book Award; Monique Truong’s new novel; the threat Brexit poses to publishing; and other news.
The voluminous output and wounded pyschodrama of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn; Poetry Foundation launches video series; libraries versus Macmillan; and other news.
Why one of Australia’s most celebrated writers can’t come onshore; Mona Awad on the Gothic horror of MFA programs; the problem with remembering authors with their most famous quotes; and other news.
Susan Kamil has died; Jonathan Franzen essay on climate change sparks online ire; how a poem published in a biker magazine may solve a decades-old murder; and other news.
A spy saga involving Doctor Zhivago and the CIA; the creative habits of Colson Whitehead, Jia Tolentino, and other busy writers; Major Jackson on editing this year’s Best American Poetry anthology; and other news.
Poetry of protest in Hong Kong; Charles Johnson remembers Paule Marshall; Tash Aw chats with Chia-Chia Lin, and other news.
Watermarks, embargoes, and very strict couriers almost succeed in keeping The Testaments a secret; the “Emily Doe” of a Stanford University sexual assault case shares her name and story in a new book; Sarah M. Broom on writing the autobiography of a house; and other news.
Nick Flynn on choosing not to write; Malcolm Gladwell on a professional tipping point; the celebrity book clubs boosting authors’ sales; and other news.
What it’s like to (almost) write Prince’s autobiography; the poet laureate of Waffle House; Renato Rosaldo on the Chasers of Tuscon; and other news.
How to prepare for the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale; Jericho Brown on poetry in Atlanta; Carmen Maria Machado on the real-life tragedy behind the story of Beth in Little Women; and other news.
Jhumpa Lahiri to direct Princeton’s creative writing program; the teenage champion of #1000BlackGirlBooks; recipes for a healthier creative life; and other news.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar on putting together a short story collection; Jia Tolentino on the wild overconfidence of writers; Etgar Keret on the trust exercise of fiction; and other news.
Bronze statue of Cheryl Strayed unveiled; the two sides of rejection in the publishing world; Mary-Kay Wilmers on the language of book reviews; and other news.
Why books still have a place in our lives; Diamond Stingily on creating your own community; writing about Black Lives Matter in 2019; and more.
The “great book scare” of the late nineteenth century; Téa Obreht on researching her new novel, Inland; Helen Fielding’s home for rent; and other news.
Tips from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book curator; Jess Row and Timothy Yu on writing about race; Ben Fama on art and belonging; and other news.