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Daily News from Poets & Writers
James Wood on W. G. Sebald; Elena Ferrante on the TV adaptation of My Brilliant Friend; inside poetry publisher Wave Books; and other news.
O. Henry Prizes announced; Jon Hamm to record audiobook of recently discovered Walt Whitman novel; the growing number of literary novelists writing science fiction; and other news.
Hisham Matar wins £20,000 Folio Prize; poet to spend five days in Mall of America; the poem read at the vigil for the Manchester bombing; and other news.
U.S. Postal Service releases Thoreau Forever stamp; the Library of Congress makes twenty-five million records free for public download; Lowell Jaeger appointed Montana state poet laureate; and other news.
A new bill proposes giving the president more power over the U.S. Copyright Office; the finalists for the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Awards; a new biography of Diana Trilling considers her marriage and role as a critic; and other news.
The politics and poetry of Czeslaw Milosz; Emma Cline discusses writing The Girls; writers remember Jean Stein; and other news.
Ian Buruma named new editor of the New York Review of Books; Eimear McBride examines the dynamic between sex and literature; Kristen Tracy wins Emily Dickinson First Book Award; and other news.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther comic series canceled; thousands of kids audition for TV production of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend; student sues author Laura Kipnis and HarperCollins; and other news.
Margarita Engle named new Young People’s Poet Laureate; the enduring relevance of Czeslaw Milosz’s political analysis; the legacy of Robert Hayden; and other news.
Director William Friedkin retraces Proust’s footsteps; Utah governor appoints Paisley Rekdal state poet laureate; the American Writers Museum opens today with a W. S. Merwin exhibit; and other news.
Poet Tommy Pico redefines nature poetry in his new collection; Wisconsin makes May 12 Lorine Niedecker Day; the golden age of Chinese science fiction; and other news.
Harry Potter prequel story stolen; Edan Lepucki collects photos of mothers before they were mothers; Karen Kosztolnyik named new editor of Grand Central Publishing; and other news.
Fiona McFarlane wins £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize; bookseller Bill Petrocelli sues California over “Autograph Law”; Junot Díaz interviews Samuel R. Delany about science fiction; and other news.
Amazon’s new buy button sparks controversy; Karl Ove Knausgaard on curating an Edvard Munch exhibit; Claudia Rankine talks poetry and race with the Paris Review; and other news.
American Writers Museum to open next week; Bill Clinton and James Patterson pen a political thriller; the country homes of the Bloomsbury Group; and other news.
Librarians meet on Capitol Hill to fight for funding; children’s book author and illustrator Peter Spier has died; David Grann on writing history and confronting the unknown; and other news.
Three new story collections by immigrant writers; new anthology of West Virginia writers; Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians television series; and other news.
Jim Shepard wins $30,000 Rea Award; a protest poetry survival kit for women; study measures poetry-induced chills; and other news.
Lisa Ko on writing and rewriting her debut novel; Tor Books launches experimental genre imprint; poet Jack Muller has died; and other news.
Writer and editor Jean Stein has died; more than 41 percent of U.K. readers lie about what they’ve read; Elizabeth Strout on embracing childhood feelings; and other news.
Poetry and prose books by Latinx authors to read for a hundred days and beyond; U.K. readers turn back to the print book while Chinese readers embrace the e-book; Almog Behar on bridging the gap between Arabic and Hebrew writers; and other news.
PEN America releases report on the state of free speech in the first hundred days of Donald
Trump’s presidency; Mohsin Hamid on writing fiction and migration; the New Yorker profiles poet Morgan Parker; and other news.
Barnes & Noble names Demos Parneros as its new CEO; Michelle Dean on Granta’s “Best American Young Novelists” and the conflicting impulses of American fiction writers; Major Jackson’s “Renga for Obama” to conclude this Sunday; and other news.
Viet Thanh Nguyen makes a case against the writing workshop; tracing the origins of well-known quotes; Mohammed Hasan Alwan wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction; and other news.