Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced; the intersections of poetry and fashion; the cultural range and wit of the late Umberto Eco; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko has died; Abbad Yahya’s novel banned in Palestine; novels about female friendship; and other news.
Black Mountain Institute acquires the Believer; American Prison Writing Archive receives a $262,000 grant; the public versus the private life of the writer; and other news.
Bob Dylan to finally accept Nobel Prize this weekend; a recently discovered cache of letters from the suffrage movement; Christopher Soto wins Split This Rock’s social justice and poetry award; and other news.
Penguin Random House sales down in 2016; William McPherson has died; fourteen women essayists to read right now; and other news.
Rigoberto González on the life of the poet outside of publications and awards; a survey of literary nonprofits fighting to protect free speech and the arts; the reality-bending writing of Julio Cortázar; and other news.
Tournament of Books semifinals start today; Patti Smith purchases Arthur Rimbaud’s childhood home in France; KPMG gives away ten thousand books; and other news.
San Francisco Renaissance poet Joanne Kyger has died; 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Awards announced; what makes poetry poetry; and more.
Whiting Award winners announced; Fonograf Editions releases vinyl records of poetry readings; inside the Merriam-Webster dictionary; and other news.
Amazon’s new ratings-based bookstore in Chicago; the mystery of the steak-sauce bottles in the library; the rise in aliteracy, or “reader’s block”; and more.
Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books, has died; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt lays off staff; the political appropriation of Jane Austen; and other news.
Michelle Dean on the art of paying attention; young-adult novels and the Black Lives Matter movement; how Goodreads is changing the book market; and other news.
Literary Twitter responds to Trump’s proposal to cut the NEA; the Miltonic precursor to the television antihero; Maine class action lawsuit hinges on Oxford comma; and other news.
Kevin Young will succeed Paul Muldoon as poetry editor of the New Yorker; women speak out against sexual assault in the literary world; a profile of memoirist and novelist Rachel Cusk; and other news.
Eleanor Catton sells rights to new novel; Lambda Literary announces finalists for 2017 awards; a literary map of the world; and other news.
Spuyten Duyvil releases protest poetry anthology; Oxford American rings in twenty-five years of Southern writing; Donika Kelly on loneliness and poetry; and other news.
Penguin Random House announces global publishers for Obamas’ forthcoming books; Melissa Febos on looking at hard truths; Robert James Waller has died; and other news.
A new theory on Jane Austen’s death; writers weigh in on the future of music; the work of Instagram poet Reuben Holmes; and other news.
Rick Bass wins the 2017 Story Prize; television series based on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels to air in Fall 2018; the first published book by a living North Korean author; and other news.
Harlequin to launch new imprint; Mohsin Hamid’s new novel and the refugee crisis; the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks; and other news.
PEN/Faulkner Foundation announces finalists for 2017 award; George Saunders on revision; the demise of the book-jacket author photo; and other news.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks feminism; literary salons where men read in the nude; writer Paula Fox has died; and other news.
George Saunders pays tribute to Grace Paley; “shut-in-chic” outfit options for the bookish introvert; the history and versatility of Hawaiian Pidgin; and other news.
Alec Baldwin and Kurt Anderson to write satire of Trump; Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar store on the east coast; a profile of Emmanuel Carrère; and other news.
Melissa Febos on writing through fear; editors on hate and literary platforms; new formal innovations in poetry; and other news.