Finalists revealed for this year’s New American Voices Award; Christian Lorentzen rebuts the n+1 editorial on the state of the book review; Julie Marie Wade discusses the reparative power of art; and other stories.
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Kaveh Akbar discusses how faith figures in his latest collection; Megan Culhane Galbraith describes the writing of her memoir-in-essays as “necessary bloodletting”; Maggie Smith reflects on the scope of her career; and other stories.
Kendra Winchester shares a reading list on disability justice; Alice McDermott offers a glimpse into her reading life; Nawaaz Ahmed reflects on audience, family, and faith; and other stories.
Mid-America Arts Alliance opens “Forgotten Stories” outdoor poetry exhibition; Asian American authors name the books that “first made them feel culturally represented”; the mayor of Newburgh, New York, reflects on his poetry practice; and other stories.
Ravynn K. Stringfield writes about the rewards of bullet journaling; Alaa Al Aswany discusses revisiting the Egyptian revolution of 2011; three approaches to extending the lives of characters across multiple books; and other stories.
Hachette Book Group postpones reopening plan; Danika Ellis reflects on her time as a used bookseller; the inaugural issue of Book Art Review is due out in the fall; and other stories.
Karen Jennings reacts to being longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize; Alexandra Kleeman questions what constitutes realist fiction; John Williams of the New York Times earns a promotion; and other stories.
Meron Hadero has won this year’s AKO Caine Prize for African Writing; Kristen Arnett explains how people are like onions; Sarah Braunstein discusses time and setting; and other stories.
Literary scout and agent Lynn C. Franklin has died; Charlotte McConaghy explains how fiction can help inspire climate action; Suchitra Vijayan discusses centering the voices of her subjects; and other stories.
National Student Poet RC Davis reflects on his evolving poetic practice; Martha Cooley discusses using a lottery jackpot as a plot device; Alexandra Kleeman talks her preference for the speculative; and other stories.
Rahul Raina discusses giving his debut “an Indian down-to-its-core sensibility”; Christopher Notarnicola uncovers writing that features rings in the Paris Review archives; London Book Fair hails second all-virtual program a success; and other stories.
Zan Romanoff recommends books to make sense of the fire crisis; California poets consider how poetry and poetry communities have transformed during the pandemic; Amanda Gorman’s debut poetry collection has a new title; and other stories.
The Margins debuts a collection of queer Taiwanese literature in translation; Jonathan Kozol revisits his letters from Eric Carle; Begoña M. Rueda shares a new window into the pandemic; and other stories.
Authors talk publishing during the pandemic; Kendra Allen discusses how music, family, and spirituality inform her writing; Juan Gabriel Vásquez reflects on rendering the volatility of Colombian reality in fiction; and other stories.
Jackie Ess talks character development; Chris Offutt discusses bringing Appalachia to life; Andrea Actis describes striving to tell “the whole truth”; and other stories.
Roxane Gay speculates on why online discourse feels increasingly volatile; Muriel Leung reflects on the themes at the heart of her latest book; Rachel Yoder discusses carving out a new model for motherhood; and other stories.
Entertainment Weekly reveals the cover of Ocean Vuong’s next book; bookstores and writers react to anti-LGBTQ legislation in Hungary; Ayden Leroux unpacks the pleasures of reading a book’s acknowledgments; and other stories.
Richard Mirabella reflects on balancing his writing and working lives; Rachel Yoder considers how writing has informed her relationship to chronic pain; Nicholas Wong writes about visual art that integrates text; and other stories.
Three academics examine the rise of book-to-television deals; up-and-coming literary publications center African writers and artists; Publishers Weekly reports on the gradual return of in-person literary events; and other stories.
Charlotte Abotsi and Sarah Kay cocurate new season of Ours Poetica; Disability Futures Festival takes place next week; Jasmine Guillory reasserts the pleasure of writing; and other stories.
Literary award announcements from Australia and Japan; Courtney Cook discusses writing with vulnerability and intimacy; Cafe con Libros operates with a community-first mindset; and other stories.
London bookstore and publisher damaged during flash flooding; Pik-Shuen Fung describes coming to writing via visual art; Matt Bell recommends speculative fiction that addresses the climate crisis; and other stories.
Tahmima Anam writes about using an alter ego to set her writing free; Anna Russell visits an exhibition on the cultural influence of Lewis Caroll’s Alice books; author Melissa Febos writes about falling in love with poet Donika Kelly; and other stories.
Duke University and Duke University Press Workers Union dispute election integrity; the unique strengths of the Icelandic literary community; C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold to be adapted for television; and other stories.
Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman discuss cowriting their debut novel; Lucy Ives recommends embracing that writing is a struggle; Paul Mendez celebrates Black British queer fiction; and other stories.