David Bowie’s son launches book club in honor of his father; Paper Darts rounds up the best book covers of 2017; the Guardian wraps up its hundred best nonfiction books of all time list; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Last-minute book gifts; HarperCollins to publish Zora Neale Hurston’s interviews with the last survivor of the slave trade; Paul Muldoon awarded 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry; and other news.
Dan Chiasson’s favorite poetry of 2017; the criticism and poetry of Fred Moten; the Christmas letters of J. R. R. Tolkein; and other news.
James Patterson awards $350,000 in holiday bonuses to booksellers; Hanif Abdurraqib on the critic’s role; Rosmarie Waldrop closes Burning Deck press; and other news.
Best book covers of the year; women on the books that made them feminists; Bette Howland has died; and other news.
American Poetry Review editor David Bonanno has died; a new anthology of African American folktales; unpublished Zora Neale Hurston book to be released in May; and other news.
The revelations in a book’s acknowledgments section; a Harry Potter story written by predictive text; books to look out for in 2018; and other news.
Loft Literary Center launches book festival; the politics of Syrian poet Adonis; Amazon announces most-read books of the year; and other news.
University of Texas makes half of Gabriel Garcia Marquez archive publicly available; Publishers Weekly releases its Spring 2018 book preview; Merriam-Webster announces the word of the year; and other news.
Debut novelist Naima Coster on working with an editor of color; Hanif Abdurraqib and Tommy Pico on 2017; a profile of Adam Gopnik; and other news.
Yale digitizes a collection of Mina Loy’s writing and sketches; finalists for the John Leonard Prize; Carmen Maria Machado on horror; and other news.
The ten thousand books banned in Texas prisons; the power of storytelling; the influence of Elizabeth Hardwick; and other news.
Penguin Random House art director resigns after allegation of sexual harassment; the changing definition of Asian American literature; Christopher Merrill on cultural diplomacy and writing; and other news.
Knopf publishes Sam Shepard’s last book today; Texas school district bans Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give; a poetry anthology on joy; and other news.
Christopher Bollen wins Bad Sex in Fiction Award; the crackdown on books in Egypt; new study investigates what makes poems pleasing; and other news.
Jorie Graham on writing poetry in the late season of her life; Publishers Weekly names Carolyn Reidy person of the year; the problem with the poetry industry; and other news.
Ron Charles on the current state of political satire; Cassandra Clare lands seven-figure two-book deal; poetry on vinyl; and other news.
Entropy’s picks for the best poetry of 2017; eight reasons your submission strategy sucks; dictionary.com announces its word of the year; and other news.
December’s must-read poetry books; the tricks of menu design; LARB Books acquires Les Figues Press; and other news.
Bad Sex in Fiction Award shortlist announced; the enduring challenge of Hart Crane’s poem “The Bridge”; jewelry made from books; and other news.
Longlist for the Tournament of Books announced; recommendations for books about food; Margaret Atwood’s typewriters; and other news.
Dictionaries for prisoners; Thanksgiving poems; Liz Phair signs two-book deal with Random House; and other news.
A defense of Mary Oliver; David France wins 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize; Zinzi Clemmons speaks out against Lenny Letter and Lena Dunham; and other news.
Washington Post’s best books of 2017; a profile of Chinese novelist Xue Yiwei; writing with a disability; and other news.
Marilynne Robinson on democracy and discourse; Chinua Achebe’s Google Doodle; the seven sins of book blurbing; and other news.