Molly Fischer surveys the world of e-mail newsletters; Sara Nović’s True Biz to be adapted for the screen; Lydia Millet chafes at the label “climate fiction”; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Scott Borchert lauds proposed legislation for a new Federal Writers’ Project; Shelf Awareness publishes dedicated issue on the Book Industry Charitable Foundation; Sophie Stein recommends books with daring points of view; and other stories.
Brenda Myers-Powell reflects on reengaging with traumatic memories; Musa Okwonga discusses his use of magical realism; novelist Juhea Kim writes about the environmental consequences of demand for salmon; and other stories.
Mahogany L. Browne to serve as poet-in-residence at Lincoln Center; ten writers receive Kresge Artist Fellowships; Lyndsie Manusos recommends tracing the publication history of short stories; and other stories.
Treviene A. Harris and Nozomi (Nakaganeku) Saito envision modes of care grounded in community; Catapult column makes space for first-person narratives from Myanmar; Anjali Enjeti discusses her path to both literature and activism; and other stories.
Mieko Kawakami shares her ambitions as a writer; 13A imprint champions Black voices in culture and politics; Kerstin Hall discusses worldbuilding; and other stories.
Scholar and theorist Lauren Berlant has died; Freesia McKee praises the poet Ai’s straightforward lineation; Elisa Taber discusses translating a trilingual chapbook; and other stories.
Abigail Bergstrom founds literary agency and publishing consultancy; Jonathan Parks-Ramage discusses how victims of sexual assault are held to “an impossibly high standard”; Angela Rose Brussel reflects on last year’s Occupy City Hall demonstration in New York City; and other stories.
The National Endowment for the Arts opens applications for grants to arts organizations hit hard by the pandemic; Semaj Brown, poet laureate of Flint, brings poetry to the city; indie booksellers recommend summer reading; and other stories.
Kristen Radtke shares a graphic short on family, loneliness, and aging; Kazuo Ishiguro muses on the nature of human beings; Wole Soyinka discusses returning to the novel form; and other stories.
Rajiv Mohabir discusses “sensitivity as a superpower”; Bloomsbury hires Jonathan Lee to serve as editorial director; literary scout Jon Baker pilots publishing incubator program; and other stories.
Conversations about race and representation in the audiobook industry; Publishers Lunch introduces “a fresh look and improved coding”; Amazon warehouse in the U.K. regularly destroys thousands of unsold items; and other stories.
Clint Smith writes about the commemoration of Juneteenth in Galveston, Texas; Mikyla Bruder prepares to take the helm at Amazon Publishing; Yan Lianke describes the “revolutionary language” that propels his novel Hard Like Water; and other stories.
The New York Times reports on the controversy surrounding Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s recent essay; novelist Paula Woods writes about her relationship to Juneteenth; Meredith Maran celebrates contemporary women writers invested in sexual liberation; and other stories.
Six novels have been shortlisted for the 2021 Miles Franklin Award; Oprah’s Book Club to read The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris; Ginny Hogan finds insights on toxic masculinity in Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School; and other stories.
Season two of Marlon & Jake Read Dead People is coming; Jonathan Lee writes about the renewed popularity of historical fiction; Leanne Shapton talks making interdisciplinary art; and other stories.
The Yeats Society in Sligo, Ireland, appeals for donations; Kristen Arnett discusses exploring queer motherhood in With Teeth; Elizabeth Gollan reconnects with her ancestors’ staple foods; and other stories.
Quntos KunQuest describes writing his debut novel while serving a life sentence; Anne Valente writes about learning “to call things what they are”; Jane Hu reflects on friendship after the pandemic year; and other stories.
Clare Sestanovich writes about chance encounters; Matthew James Seidel begins reading Toni Morrison’s books in publication order; María José Ferrada discusses writing her first novel for adult readers; and other stories.
Alexandra Huỳnh recalls the moment she was named National Youth Poet Laureate; HarperCollins temporarily rebrands Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles; Alex DiFrancesco explains their interest in monstrousness; and other stories.
Scholastic chairman and CEO M. Richard Robinson Jr. has died; memorial service scheduled for Pantheon editor Dan Frank; Michael Kleber-Diggs reflects on using poetry to process difficult experiences; and other stories.
M. Leona Godin writes about “the tradition of the blind bard”; Adam Bradley shares reflections on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man; more than one hundred queer and trans authors recommend LGBTQ books; and other stories.
Scholars seek access to Philip Roth’s private papers; Vintage to release unpublished story collection by Walter Tevis; Larissa Pham discusses writing with her younger self in mind; and other stories.
Kundiman curates Pride reading list; Kate Zambreno reflects on the urgency that fueled her latest book; Karen Tucker discusses writing about opioid abuse; and other stories.
Used booksellers devise program to provide royalty payments on used book sales; Hyphen Media branding draws scrutiny; Casey McQuiston writes about learning to embody queerness on her own terms; and other stories.