R. O. Kwon highlights forty-four books by women of color; Michael Farris Smith discusses writing his prequel to The Great Gatsby; critic Michael Dirda takes stock of his personal library; and other stories.
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Len and Louise Riggio donate $250,000 to Poets & Writers; Hanif Abdurraqib writes on the intimacy of basketball; Cheryl Boyce-Taylor reflects on memorializing her son in poetry; and other stories.
Jenny Offill reflects on rereading Mrs. Dalloway; NPR lists notable works that have entered the public domain in 2021; Publishers Weekly learns about the production of last year’s virtual National Book Awards; and other stories.
A guide to digital resources at the Schomburg Center; Shu-Ling Chua writes in praise of Eileen Chang; Kelly J. Baker on the emotional labor of memoir; and other stories.
torrin a. greathouse discusses the importance of representation; Chris Stedman reflects on identity and the internet; Robert Jones Jr. celebrates Black queer love; and other stories.
Laila Lalami reflects on historical erasure in America; Kelly Coyne examines the white mother figure in three contemporary books; Bryan Washington shares his takeout memories of 2020; and other stories.
Gabriel Bump has won the 2020 Ernest J. Gaines Award; mysterious phishing scams rock the publishing industry; Barry Lopez has died; and other stories.
Guernica launches special issue on fashion; Paramount TV Studios and Anonymous Content plan a new Little House on the Prairie; Meetra Javed writes in praise of Fariha Róisín; and other stories.
A sound designer applies her skills to fiction; Literary Hub reveals the best reviewed nonfiction of the year; Michael Bible muses on style; and other stories.
Poet Marvin Bell has died at age eighty-three; Kazim Ali reflects on poetry as a pathway to the future; Hannah Abigail Clarke talks refusing assimilation; and other stories.
A roundtable with the editors of The Ferrante Project; Eula Biss talks analyzing capitalism from a personal lens; Aaron Benanav discusses the labor crises of the contemporary age; and other stories.
John le Carré has died at age eighty-nine; Poets & Writers Magazine investigates the Poets House dispute; poet Amy Key discovers lessons from Blue by Joni Mitchell; and other stories.
Fiction writer Anthony Veasna So has died; Daniel Halpern to leave Ecco at the end of the year; Akwaeke Emezi writes on learning to live with disability; and other stories.
The Association of Authors’ Representatives rebrands as the Association of American Literary Agents; Tattered Cover in Denver sold to new owners; Kid Cudi to adapt Brandon Taylor’s Real Life; and other stories.
Controversy brews over Spanish-language rights to Louise Glück’s work; Goodreads reveals winners of this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards; Melville House publisher Dennis Johnson speaks out against the pending merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster; and other stories.
Literary Review cancels this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award; Alexander Chee muses on writers’ block; Kelly Harris-DeBerry charts her origins as a poet; and other stories.
New York Public Library highlights 125 New York City books; Roald Dahl’s family issues apology for the author’s anti-Semitism; Brit Bennett listed among Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year; and other stories.
Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Alison Lurie has died; Camilla Townsend wins Cundill History Prize; Danez Smith on revision; and other stories.
Nonprofit launches crowdfunding campaign to buy Tolkien home; Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell dubbed Waterstones Book of the Year; industry leaders react to shuttering of BookExpo, BookCon, and UnBound; and other stories.
Emily Bell to join Zando as head of editorial; O, the Oprah Magazine previews queer books forthcoming in 2021; Hannah Matthews writes on pregnancy during the pandemic; and other stories.
Yu Miri on highlighting voices that “aren’t often heard”; Athena Dixon reflects on her path to creative nonfiction; the Guardian names its top poetry books of the year; and other stories.
Renewed scrutiny of the literary elite in France; romance authors raise funds for voter organizations in Georgia; Katherine Morgan on the surge in popularity of anti-racist titles; and other stories.
Penguin Random House Canada employees criticize plans for new Jordan Peterson book; Michael Torres reflected on poetry during the drawn-out election week; the New York Times previews December books; and other stories.
Leah Hampton writes on Appalachia in the American imagination; Peter Blackstock reflects on editing Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain; Publishers Weekly learns more about the vision for Penguin Random House Español; and other stories.
Historian and writer Jan Morris has died; longtime Simon & Schuster editor Fred Hills has died; the New York Times announces its “10 Best Books” list; and other stories.