Margaret Atwood faces backlash for controversial piece on the #MeToo movement; Ocean Vuong wins T. S. Eliot Award; twelve noteworthy Spanish-language women writers; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Cave Canem receives $100,000 grant; the rise of the Astro Poets Twitter account; Natasha Trethewey on the power of poetry and theater; and other news.
Neel Mukherjee and Hanya Yanagihara discuss what fiction can do; Roxane Gay calls out writers workshop for fatphobia; the science of reading; and other news.
New York prisons make it harder for inmates to get books; Penguin Random House acquires Rodale; French publisher installs short story dispensers; and other news.
Leni Zumas on religious extremity in America; the Endomyn Map celebrates world languages; backlist titles top best-selling book lists of 2017; and other news.
Misconceptions of sensitivity reading; the hubbub around Michael Wolff’s Fire & Fury; the many moods of poet A. R. Ammons; and other news.
The most anticipated small press books of 2018; Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld has died; a profile of Chris Ware; and other news.
Fred Bass, the man who transformed the Strand Bookstore, dies; submission fees in poetry publishing; Academy of American Poets names three new chancellors; and other news.
Publishers Weekly looks at the biggest stories of 2017; Mary Jo Salter on the joys of being a poet; the language and words of 2017; and other news.
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.
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American Poetry Review editor David Bonanno has died; a new anthology of African American folktales; unpublished Zora Neale Hurston book to be released in May; and other news.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.