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.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
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.
Alisson Wood reflects on the challenges of writing about trauma; Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law discuss how most criminal justice reform falls short; Alexander Larman reports on the decline of British secondhand bookstores; and other stories.
Brandon Taylor reflects on Real Life being longlisted for the Booker Prize; A. O. Scott writes in praise of Edward P. Jones; Southside Weekly profiles Chicago poet Tara Betts; and other stories.
Michael Kleber-Diggs listens to the rapper Big Boi while grieving George Floyd; Morgan Jerkins reflects on the emotional stakes of researching the Black diaspora; BuzzFeed highlights upcoming literary events; and other stories.
Elias Khoury responds to the recent explosion in Beirut; the Los Angeles Times Book Festival will move online; Hazel Carby revisits the archival documents she consulted while writing Imperial Intimacies; and other stories.
The board of the National Book Critics Circle elects a new president; a Beirut bookseller describes the damage to her shop from Tuesday’s explosion; Alexis Soloski unpacks H. P. Lovecraft’s legacy; and other stories.
Camille Dungy will serve as poetry editor at Orion; Marc Rivers considers Toni Morrison’s legacy, one year after her death; layoffs at Hudson News; and other stories.
Legendary journalist, editor, and author Pete Hamill has died; Morgan Jerkins reflects on navigating African American histories; community members organize literary silent auction to raise funds for racial justice organizations; and other stories.
Book industry associations collaborate to provide healthcare coverage to members; James Silberman, editor of James Baldwin and other literary luminaries, has died; Ellen Bass reflects on the essence of poetry; and other stories.
Raven Leilani reflects on her path to becoming a writer; Molly Fischer profiles queer writer and activist Sarah Schulman; Boston Poetry Marathon moves online; and other stories.
A reading list curated by Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities; Meena Kandasamy highlights poems by women warriors; Natalie Adler on reading or not-reading during times of crisis; and other stories.
Irenosen Okojie wins the 2020 AKO Caine Prize; poet Destiny O. Birdsong on sexual violence; Derek Walcott’s early months in New York City; and other stories.
Kate Reed Petty calls for a reimagining of digital literary events; Stan Parish finds a silver lining after losing his laptop; Susan Briante on moving beyond witnessing; and other stories.
Richard Russo warns against normalcy; Scott O’Connor on the narratives contained within data; Martha Gonzalez on sustainable movement work; and other stories.
Nkosi Nkululeko on the arts of poetry, chess, and music; Publishers Weekly profiles literary agent Tana McKinnon; Catherine Lacey shares the central question behind her new novel, Pew; and other stories.
National Book Critics Circle to vote on removal of board member Carlin Romano; Viet Thanh Nguyen and Pankaj Mishra discuss Black Lives Matter; Ibram X. Kendi calls for revolutionary politics over gradualism; and other stories.
Pandemic fuels book sales at retail giants such as Walmart and Target; Trask Roberts examines the history of unauthorized translations; Lily Meyer reviews new pandemic writing; and other stories.
Susan Orlean revisits her viral tweets; Susan Barba on honoring the earth; Porochista Khakpour discusses Brown Album; and other stories.
Dan Crowe and Matt Willey plan new annual literary magazine; Lauren Beukes compares her fictional pandemic with reality; Margot Harrison reflects on cyber horror; and other stories.
David James Poissant on attempting to write a timely novel; the Guardian seeks nominations for its “Not the Booker” Prize; Adrian Tomine on turning inward in his new graphic memoir; and other stories.
Vintage Español to publish Spanish edition of Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist; Andrew Martin reflects on ordering the stories in Cool for America; Miah Jeffra talks decolonizing artmaking; and other stories.
The movement to free poet Varavara Rao; Ann and Jeff VanderMeer on the evolution of modern fantasy; Marisa Silver talks character development; and other stories.
Antiracism training with Robin DiAngelo; Literary Hub highlights the best books still forthcoming this year; Preety Sidhu recommends novels that center essential workers; and other stories.