Ross Simonini writes about achieving a balance of mental states; Melissa Lozada-Oliva discusses her poetic ethos; Liz Asch discusses challenging taboos via erotica; and other stories.
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Mai Der Vang discusses how archival research informed Yellow Rain; Casey Gerald attunes to both his soul and his surroundings; Esther Freud reflects on the family dynamics in her short story “Desire”; and other stories.
Arab and Muslim community members speak on the aftermath of 9/11; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard discusses his book club; Oprah Daily shares a multi-genre reading list of books by Latinx writers; and other stories.
Kate McKean has penned a primer on money matters in book contracts; James Hannaham is aggravated and inspired by the poetry of Fernando Pessoa; Amil Niazi studies how Sally Rooney renders the erotic; and other stories.
Marie-Helene Bertino shares notes on the art of writing the impossible; Gal Beckerman goes for a hike with novelist Anthony Doerr; Helen Shaw profiles novelist Ruth Ozeki for Vulture; and other stories.
Cathy Park Hong makes the TIME100 list; Erin Overbey reveals the overwhelming whiteness of the New Yorker’s editorial past and present; the longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is here; and other stories.
Essayist Tressie McMillan Cottom is confounded by those who flout the reality of the pandemic; Joy Williams delivers typewritten responses for an interview; Texas Book Festival adjusts hybrid program due to the pandemic; and other stories.
Rachel del Valle praises dictionaries; Ottessa Moshfegh writes about the artist she met on the eve of 9/11; Publishers Weekly staff share recollections of 9/11; and other stories.
Tarana Burke talks to the New York Times about her memoir; Paul McAdory questions the popularity of sincerity in gay fiction; Sarah Elaine Smith advises on how to cope with darkness in life and in fiction; and other stories.
Nancy Pearl will receive the 2021 Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation; Kayleb Rae Candrilli writes about acts of creative recovery under capitalism; Nadia Hashimi recommends essential nonfiction about Afghanistan; and other stories.
Lauren Groff discusses the appeal of historical fiction; novelist Shruti Swamy interviews her mother; Ron Charles observes how different novelists reckoned with 9/11; and other stories.
Literature after 9/11; the book industry leans into the marketing potential of TikTok; Maggie Nelson on the psychic state of the world; and other stories.
Publishing executive Erika Seyfried has died; María Amparo Escandón reflects on writing the dramatic reality of Los Angeles; the fall program for National Book Foundation Presents has been unveiled; and other stories.
Rabih Alameddine amplifies the stories of Syrian refugees; Joshua Roebke accesses wonder through popular science writing; Julietta Singh describes “mothering at the end of the world”; and other stories.
T Kira Māhealani Madden considers the intimacy of nourishment; Kaveh Akbar praises uncertainty in life and in poetry; Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi discusses writing trauma; and other stories.
A “new canon” of writing on the environment and climate change; novelist Nadia Hashimi grieves the recent resurgence of the Taliban; Jesse Dorris reveals how an eBay policy change threatens queer materials; and other stories.
Dub poet Jean Breeze remembered in the New York Times; Vinod Budjeet reflects on the appeal of autobiographical fiction; GQ reports on the coveted Sally Rooney bucket hat; and other stories.
Emily Lordi writes about the Black American artists past and present who chose to move abroad; Penguin Random House will require masks for officegoers; Michael Dirda recaps his summer reading; and other stories.
Novelist and scholar Myriam J. A. Chancy mourns the damage of the recent earthquake in Haiti; the winners of this year’s American Book Awards; Literary Hub reacts to Sally Rooney’s limited publicity schedule; and other stories.
The next poet laureate of Alabama will be Ashley M. Jones; Joshua Henkin describes his drafting process; Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’s The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois picked for Oprah’s Book Club; and other stories.
Carlina Duan discusses reckoning with history; Nina MacLaughlin writes about the Sturgeon Moon; fellowship program serves young refugees in central New York; and other stories.
NPR rounds up favorite fantasy and science fiction titles; Jessica J. Lee considers the brassica; Alix Ohlin asks what caretakers take; and other stories.
The finalists for this year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize; Megan Stielstra reflects on the reissue of her first two books; the cover of Sheila Heti’s next novel; and other stories.
Greenlight Bookstore employees vote to unionize; Caleb Azuma Nelson discusses his use of second-person narration in Open Water; Alice McDermott muses on the art of the first sentence; and other stories.
Kristin Wong finds comfort on a John Steinbeck–inspired road trip; Jordan Kisner considers grief and the art of mending; Ross Gay describes the ethos of his writing practice; and other stories.