The New York Times profiles publishing powerhouse Madeline McIntosh; Dan Chiasson reviews new works by Henri Cole and Eduardo C. Corral; Niloufar Talebi debuts list of essential Iranian books; and other stories.
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John Sargent to leave his position as CEO of Macmillan; Roxane Gay writes on the legacy of Audre Lorde; Keziah Weir investigates the chaotic world of Skyhorse Publishing; and other stories.
Hermeticus Books in Talent, Oregon has burned down; Lincoln Michel troubles the line between realism and fantasy; Book Marks highlights eleven forthcoming poetry collections and anthologies; and other stories.
National Book Foundation announces longlist for young people’s literature award; Alane Mason mourns the death of Randall Kenan; Publishers Weekly and Frankfurter Buchmesse announce PW Star Watch list; and other stories.
West Coast booksellers strained by wildfires; Macmillan creates new executive role to direct diversity initiatives; Karen Russell and Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum reflect on fiction during times of crisis; and other stories.
Joy Harjo reflects on editing a new anthology of Native American poetry; Duke University Press editorial director Gisela Fosado responds to Jessica A. Krug revelation; Jesse Green turns to Walt Whitman to make sense of contemporary crises; and other stories.
Parneshia Jones named director of Northwestern University Press; Megan Cummins discusses the nature of autobiographical fiction; Greg Mania reflects on the intimacy of writing; and other stories.
Sigrid Nunez reflects on writing about friendship; Emma Cline shares strategies for writing about extreme incidents; publishers discuss the new normal of virtual events; and other stories.
Viet Thanh Nguyen joins the Pulitzer Prize Board; Doubleday announces promotions and new executive hire; Peter Blackstock named publisher of Atlantic Books in the UK; and other stories.
Booksellers across the country reflect on independent bookstore day; Sabrina Orah Mark analyzes the talking animals that appear in fairy tales; Elisabeth Egan profiles former first daughter and publishing insider Jenna Bush Hager; and other stories.
Poets gather to remember Hurricane Katrina; Bertelsmann and HarperCollins signal interest in acquiring Simon & Schuster; Daniel Nayeri renders his experience as a refugee in fiction; and other stories.
Poet Claudia Castro Luna on fostering a diverse literary community; Aya Kanai describes her day-to-day as editor in chief of Marie Claire; Kimberly Alidio turns to Language poetry in times of crisis; and other stories.
Jesmyn Ward mourns the death of her husband; Alyssa Cole tackles gentrification and anti-Blackness in her first thriller; Kevin Young reflects on curating a new anthology of African American poetry; and other stories.
Fiction writer Randall Kenan has died at age fifty-seven; Christina Baker Kline reflects on the lives excluded from mainstream history; Margo Okazawa-Rey shares advice for movement building; and other stories.
Bon Appétit names book publisher Dawn Davis as next editor in chief; Onikah Asamoa-Caesar describes opening a bookstore in Tulsa during a time of growing racial awareness; Atlas Obscura surveys the prominence of public poetry in South Korea; and other stories.
Carlin Romano will remain on the board of the National Book Critics Circle; Ted Kooser to retire from editing American Life in Poetry column; Emma Copley Eisenberg makes the case for book publishers to fact-check their titles; and other stories.
Kelly Harris-DeBerry resists classism in poetry; Preety Sidhu recommends women’s work in translation; Chantel Tattoli considers “mental telegraphy” and Mark Twain; and other stories.
Ta-Nehisi Coates guest-edits a special issue of Vanity Fair; a new translation reimagines Beowulf in contemporary vernacular; essayist Matthew Salesses examines the limits of empathy as an antiracist act; and other stories.
Stimulus package will boost German bookstores; Serendipity Literary Agency celebrates two decades championing Black authors; remembering Geoffrey Nunberg; and other stories.
Swati Khurana uses the Instant Pot as a metaphor for flash fiction; book box subscription company Literati launches five new virtual book clubs; Sarah M. Sala reflects on poetry as a call to action; and other stories.
Katy Waldman observes a “reflexivity trap” in contemporary fiction; Black Book Designers launches website; Aimee Nezhukumatathil imagines life as a vampire squid; and other stories.
Jami Attenberg advises against idealizing resilience; Fatima Bhutto reflects on the young people who join extremist movements; Aja Romano write about the ongoing cultural reckoning with H. P. Lovecraft’s racism; and other stories.
The New York Public Library seeks audio recordings about life during the pandemic; writers and readers plan Fahrenheit 451 read-a-thon; Mieko Kawakami advocates for a feminist future; and other stories.
Literary leaders reflect on diversity in publishing; HBO begins casting for Between the World and Me; Madeleine Ryan reflects on writing a protagonist with autism; and other stories.
USA Today includes several writers on its list of one hundred “Women of the Century”; Yaa Gyasi on writing a looser second novel; Elisa Gabbert on the essay form; and other stories.