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.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
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.
Cornell College in Iowa launches low-residency MFA program; Petina Gappah on the novel she’s been writing for twenty-one years; Laura van den Berg and Helen Phillips in conversation; and other news.
NPR releases list of readers’ hundred favorite funny books; the Paris Review’s mistranslated book titles contest; movie about Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West to be released this Friday; and other news.
Edwidge Danticat remembers the ancestral lessons of Paule Marshall and Toni Morrison; poet Shane McCrae on dreams and poetic modes; a closer look at fake and doctored Orwell novels sold on Amazon; and other news.
Patricia Lockwood on her cats; Mary Norris on the “long hot summer of grammar”; CLMP to honor Kima Jones and Will Evans; and other news.
Gabriel García Márquez’s “cocktail stories”; author and book critic Marie Arana shares her favorite books; Deborah Landau on gun control; and other news.
How much money the library saves you; the National Endowment for the Humanities announces $29 million in grants; Trisha Low on artistic stakes; and other news.
The story behind John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath; Justin Phillip Reed on the sonnet; the success of two Boston writing groups; and other news.
Dozens arrested for protesting Amazon’s involvement with ICE; a virtual tour of Jane Austen’s library; the resurgence of books featuring witchcraft; and other news.
The immersive aesthetic of Samuel R. Delany; Kimberly King Parsons on the fascination of the body; Poetry Foundation announces video series; and other news.
Timothy Yu on the notion of a “disappearing” white poet; Barnes & Noble sale complete; students, staff, readers, and writers remember Toni Morrison; and other news.
Cave Canem appoints Sandra Bowie interim executive director; Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s book about gutsy women; a local publisher on how to help El Paso; and other news.
Joy Harjo on poetry to build a better future; Keah Brown on disability as a lens, not a subject; Regina Porter on rediscovering history; and other news.
Moby-Dick—the musical; Jia Tolentino’s writing rhythm; collaborating with Oliver Sacks; and other news.
Justin Phillip Reed on monsters and black poetic grotesqueries; why no one likes Holden Caulfield anymore; Margaret Atwood reads Alice Munro; and other news.
Happy Birthday, Herman Melville; Maylis de Kerangal on the language of the kitchen; the literary nature of the 2019 Central Park Squirrel Census; and other news.
The year’s best-selling novel and an unsolved murder; A. E. Stallings on poetry to outlast the world; Lillian Li on juggling jobs and finding focus; and other news.
Not the Booker Prize longlist; Helen Phillips on taking motherhood seriously; a new focus at the American Booksellers Association; and other news.
The literary longevity of Bruno Schulz; when Nabokov, Pynchon, and Vonnegut wrote book reviews; the mystery of a baby’s first words; and other news.
Macmillan’s plan to limit library access to e-books; Geovani Martins on the voice of Brazil; Megan Rapinoe’s book deal; and other news.
Raquel Salas Rivera on the protests in Puerto Rico; our changing use of the word racist; publisher shelves Boris Johnson’s biography of Shakespeare; and other news.
U.K. Booksellers Association launches environmental manifesto; at home with Herman Melville; why science and poetry go together; and other news.
Salman Rushdie on depicting corruption; New Hampshire poet laureate choice sparks controversy; Laura Lippman’s newspaper novel; and other news.
Colson Whitehead on humor and tragedy; the book that went to the moon and the poem that wasn’t impressed; comics against the Internet; and other news.