An early review of the BBC/Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People; Bookshop faces some pushback from booksellers; a new Twitter account calls attention to systemic issues in the publishing industry; and other stories.
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A petition calls on the Poetry Foundation to establish relief fund; Naoise Dolan discusses her debut novel, Exciting Times; the New York Times profiles Dutch novelist Marieke Lucas Rijneveld; and other stories.
Rick and Becky Riordan announce matching gift challenge of $100,000 for the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign; Publishers Weekly talks to a South Carolina bookseller who has reopened her store; Mary Billard reflects on the magic of Three Lives & Company in New York City; and other stories.
Marlon James discusses our dystopian reality; Substack awards relief grants to forty-four writers; Lisa Lucas reflects on the road ahead for the publishing industry; and other stories.
Emma Ramadan talks researching for translation projects; Souvankham Thammavongsa discusses How to Pronounce Knife; Publishers Weekly highlights how literary organizations have responded to the coronavirus pandemic; and other stories.
Ru Freeman calls for a reimagining of creative writing pedagogy; Oakland’s Marcus Books weathers the pandemic; Authors Guild releases findings on the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis on authors; and other stories.
Kate Zambreno and Kathryn Scanlan swap notes on writing and social distancing; Lorrie Moore reflects on the publication of her Collected Stories; Lucy Ives analyzes a poet’s use of questionnaires; and other stories.
Ottessa Moshfegh on isolation, aging, and imagination; Justin Allen considers unconventional archives; T Kira Madden and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan talk craft; and other stories.
Kristen Radtke collects memories of physical touch; two Texas literary organization launch a virtual book club; Bustle compares literary subscription box services; and other stories.
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers meets fund-raising goal; Maureen Corrigan recommends social distancing reading; Casandra López weighs how to represent trauma on the page; and other stories.
Alexandra Chang praises the intimacy of Lucia Berlin’s prose; Kundiman remembers the words and life of Kimarlee Nguyen; Ann Patchett writes a dispatch from Parnassus Books; and other stories.
Peter Coviello on intimacy in the pandemic; a video dispatch from Joy Harjo; Carolyn Forché discusses poetry of witness; and other stories.
Don Mee Choi reflects on translating the writings of Yi Sang; Penguin Random House U.K. furloughs some employees; Patty Wong wins 2021–2022 ALA presidency; and other stories.
Poetry open mics, readings, and classes move online; the Pulitzer board delays award announcements by two weeks; Orwell Foundation releases longlists for prizes for political writing and political fiction; and other stories.
A dispatch from a celebrated theater director in Paris; revisiting Henry David Thoreau’s Walden in the time of mandated social distancing; budgeting advice from a financial planner via the Creative Independent; and other stories.
Jason Reynolds inspires giving on Twitter; Margaret Atwood lifts up Canadian authors online; C Pam Zhang writes into the Wild West; and other stories.
Layoffs and pay cuts at Macmillan; Samantha Irby discusses the advantages of pessimism at the Believer; Publishers Weekly analyzes industry sales data; and other stories.
Publishers Weekly confers bookstore and sales representative honors; Poetry Society of America shares new “Reading in the Dark” series; D.C. bookstore uses Postmates to deliver books; and other stories.
Simon & Schuster joins forces with Bookshop; Asiya Wadud spotlights the migrant crisis in poetry; Cathy Park Hong discusses Minor Feelings; and other stories.
Independent booksellers turn to crowdfunding; Entertainment Weekly highlights Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven; Hilton Als celebrates Carolyn Forché; and other stories.
Leslie Jamison shares a dispatch from the pandemic as a single parent; publishers begin to push back book release dates; literary agents and editors observe increase in submissions; and other stories.
Barnes & Noble temporarily closes more than four hundred stores; bookstores make the case for “essential business” exemptions; Dan Kois gets an hour alone at Capitol Hill Books; and other stories.
New York City booksellers band together; National Novel Writing Month launches StayHomeWriMo; literary organizations pivot to online programming; and other stories.
Advice from The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer; Skyhorse Publishing lays off 30 percent of staff; Paul Lisicky and Mark Bibbins share notes on writing about the AIDS crisis; and other stories.
Caroline Leavitt and Jenna Blum help promote new books via A Mighty Blaze; Arcade Publishing picks up Woody Allen’s memoir; Poets & Writers Magazine compiles a running list of conference and contest cancellations; and other stories.