Jennifer Egan is working on a companion book to A Visit From the Goon Squad; remembering publisher Peter Mayer; publishers report modest growth in first quarter of 2018; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Elena Ferrante on her greatest fear; the collages of John Ashbery; the lesbian canon; and other news.
Stephen Hawking’s final book; Norman Mailer’s house up for sale; the winners of this year’s O. Henry Prize for short stories; and other news.
Zora Neale Hurston’s influence; academics oppose media treatment of Junot Díaz; Best Translated Book Awards finalists; and other news.
Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey has died; reading Pablo Neruda in light of #MeToo; the strangest bookmarks found in libraries; and other news.
Peter Mayer, publisher of The Satanic Verses, has died; Dylan Thomas Day; Michael Chabon on parenting; and other news.
Jesmyn Ward on giving voice to black girls; finalists for the 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards announced; To Kill a Mockingbird Broadway dispute settled; and other news.
The modern significance of Fahrenheit 451; Amina Gautier and Joan Silber win PEN short story award; Academy of American Poets wins Innovations in Reading Prize; and other news.
The Center for Fiction will move to Brooklyn; a brief history of the seven-figure book deal; a writer trademarks the word cocky in romance titles; and other news.
Rumaan Alam on writing about race and gender; Lorrie Moore’s politics; the history of young adult literature; and other news.
Writers on bookstores worth traveling for; National Book Awards moves to include noncitizens; poet Carl Phillips on revision; and other news.
Jane Chu, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, will step down in June; tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day; tips on applying for grants; and other news.
Indie bookstores for people of color; Short Story Month; Michael Ondaatje on his new novel; and other news.
Annie Proulx wins LOC Prize for Fiction; black women who are changing the romance novel industry; stage play of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 streams online; and other news.
Rita Dove named new poetry editor of New York Times Magazine; Amazon launches children’s book subscription service; Sandra Cisneros on femininity and truth; and other news.
Guillermo del Toro to adapt Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; new contract clauses in response to #MeToo; an interview with Chimananda Ngozi Adichie; and other news.
Jon Parrish Peede confirmed as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; how Melissa Broder wrote her debut novel; a short film on writer’s block; and other news.
Professor Randa Jarrar to keep her job following Barbara Bush controversy; short books to read on your commute; Math Poetry Month; and other news.
Comey memoir sells over half a million copies in first week; signed Stephen Hawking book goes to auction; Roxane Gay to be honored at Lambda Lit Awards; and other news.
Celeste Ng on the engine that drives good fiction; books by women priced 45 percent below those by men; writers and literary advocates make Essence’s “Woke 100 Women” list; and other news.
Curtis Sittenfeld on writing political fiction; America’s hundred favorite novels; summer reading picks; and other news.
University Press of New England to dissolve; a case for getting a graduate degree in creative writing; Jake Tapper’s fiction debut; and other news.
Maine high school student and asylum-seeker sues NEA over right to compete in Poetry Out Loud; Jhumpa Lahiri on translating Italian novelist Domenico Starnone; girdle books; and other news.
James Comey on his new political memoir; U.K. author goes undercover at an Amazon warehouse; Scott Rudin countersues Harper Lee estate over Broadway play; and other news.
Norton launches its first children’s imprint; Susan Orlean’s next book will be a love letter to libraries; a year’s worth of copyrighted works to enter the public domain; and other news.