A defense of Mary Oliver; David France wins 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize; Zinzi Clemmons speaks out against Lenny Letter and Lena Dunham; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Washington Post’s best books of 2017; a profile of Chinese novelist Xue Yiwei; writing with a disability; and other news.
Marilynne Robinson on democracy and discourse; Chinua Achebe’s Google Doodle; the seven sins of book blurbing; and other news.
Essayist Megan Stielstra on finding community; a profile of Roxane Gay; why Leonardo da Vinci wrote backwards; and other news.
Major publishers report uptick in sales for third quarter of 2017; Louise Erdrich on her new novel and motherhood; Susan Sontag’s fiction; and other news.
Actress Krysten Ritter releases thriller novel; McSweeney’s and Casper Mattress launch print magazine; Beth Ann Fennelly on micro-memoirs; and other news.
Charles Simic and Katha Pollitt on the past year; Reginald Dwayne Betts sworn into Connecticut bar; the myths behind J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy; and other news.
Poet wins Minneapolis City Council seat; John Kulka named editorial director of the Library of America; wildlife sculptures made from recycled books; and other news.
The proliferation of bestseller lists; writers speak out against pirated e-books; a profile of Emily Wilson, the first woman to translate the Odyssey; and other news.
Jonathan Franzen on the state of the essay; Roxane Gay to edit anthology on rape culture; a massive library opens in Tianjin, China; and other news.
Camille T. Dungy talks writing, race, and motherhood; bookstores recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey; the enduring inspiration of Nancy Drew; and other news.
Patrick Rosal on being mistaken for the help; the rise of Spanish-language curriculum in graduate creative writing programs; a film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians; and other news.
Scholastic publishes series based on ten-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak; film versus book trilogies; Mohsin Hamid on optimism; and other news.
Jacqueline Woodson signs two-book deal with Riverhead; Austin Central Library opens; poet Fay Chiang has died; and other news.
Turkish novelist Elif Shafak joins Future Library; Publishers Weekly’s best books of 2017; Bill Cain, pseudonymous author of Murder, She Wrote, dies; and other news.
Rome soccer team plays Anne Frank’s diary on loudspeaker; a mobile pop-up library of Filipino American literature; writers try on clothing subscription services; and other news.
Stephanie Burt on gender transition literature; Angela Flournoy and Issa Rae to develop HBO drama; the story behind Netflix’s Alias Grace; and other news.
Kazim Ali on the purpose and place of pop poetry; never-before-seen photos of Joan Didion; John McCain to publish memoir in April; and other news.
Tracy K. Smith visits China as U.S. poet laureate; Xerox releases free story anthology about the workplace; women share experiences of sexual harassment in the publishing industry; and other news.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi interviewed at the Los Angeles Review of Books; Amazon expands to Australia; Jonathan Karp’s ten rules for book editors; and other news.
Stefan Kiesbye describes losing his home in the California wildfires; the history behind the Booker Prize; Philip Pullman to launch book at midnight; and other news.
Black poets on their inspirations; Asian American women writers roundtable; China’s largest digital publishing house to go public; and other news.
Dave Eggers interviews Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Mississippi school district pulls To Kill a Mockingbird from curriculum; remembering poet Richard Wilbur; and other news.