On misattributing phrases to Shakespeare; poets Wendy Xu and Anaïs Duplan on constructing narratives; a professional book critic’s love of Amazon reviews; and other news.
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Oxford Dictionaries shuts down survey of disliked words due to “severe misuse”; a profile of poet Bernadette Mayer; National Book Foundation director Lisa Lucas in the New York Times Magazine; and other news.
President Obama’s lucrative book deals; National Read a Book Day; Belle Boggs on her new memoir; and other news.
New study shows Americans prefer print books to e-books; Italian teens receive €500 cultural vouchers; Jonathan Safran Foer on his new novel; and other news.
The Deaf Poets Society launches crowd-funding campaign; teen science and tech program incorporates science fiction into workshops; Margaret Atwood discusses her forthcoming graphic novel; and other news.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author sued by Hachette; how a contemporary poetry book became a best-seller; Lena Dunham to publish short story collection; and other news.
PEN launches event series for Muslim American writers; Gene Wilder’s literary works; Cairo court upholds Egyptian writer’s prison sentence; and other news.
Google returns Dennis Cooper’s blog; Ian McEwan on writing his seventeenth novel; the “Nu-Audacity” school of poetry; and other news.
Frank Ocean’s literary aesthetic; beautiful libraries around the world; books in translation by women; and other news.
Elizabeth Bishop’s correspondence; the physical history of the book; novels written by comic book creators; and other news.
Award-winning novelist Marlon James featured on Vanity Fair’s “Daring 25” list; Deep Vellum publisher Will Evans on publishing works in translation; Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life optioned as series; and other news.
WNYC talks to poet Evie Shockley about her #DearPresident message; on great sentences; librarians’ top-ten September books; and other news.
Poet Yona Harvey on writing for Marvel Comics; publishers react to recent firing of Barnes & Noble CEO; fiction writer Leopoldine Core on voyeurism and obsession; and other news.
Serial Box publishes books in “episodes”; a year without Oliver Sacks; novelist Yaa Gyasi on the Daily Show; and other news.
Judge opens investigation into Lorca’s death; Chinese poems translated into Kiswahili for the first time; how book reviewing is like restaurant reviewing; and other news.
Barnes & Noble fires CEO; Reese Witherspoon options film rights to Liane Moriarty novel; a 1972 novel’s anticipation of Brexit; and other news.
The disappearance of indie bookstores on college campuses; Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and populism; how book clubs help independent bookstores; and other news.
Fact-checking nonfiction books; a cognitive psychologist’s answer to the listening vs. reading debate; Wallace Stevens and Trump supporters; and other news.
The history of plot; thirtieth anniversary of Art Spiegelman’s Maus; writer Lidia Yuknavitch on the misfit’s journey; and other news.
Discrepancies between U.S. and U.K. novel editions; Palestinian poet speaks out about her imprisonment; Transit Books cofounders on the power of translation; and other news.
Patchett and Patterson named inaugural Book Industry Charitable Foundation ambassadors; nine women breaking new ground in nonfiction; poet Ocean Vuong on the evolution of his work; and other news.
Literary female friendship; Harry Potter exhibit to open next year at the British Library; working at Faber & Faber with T. S. Eliot; and other news.
Twentieth anniversary of Junot Díaz’s Drown; Turkish government shuts down twenty-nine publishers following coup attempt; Anne Frank in contemporary fiction; and other news.
Learning to love a non-native language; fiction writer Brian Evenson on narrative uncertainty; the U.S. Constitution becomes best-seller following Khizr Khan’s DNC speech; and other news.
James Patterson tops highest paid authors for third year in a row; America’s most beautiful libraries; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sells two million copies in three days; and other news.