Tom Lin claims and subverts the Western genre; the winners of this year’s London Book Fair International Excellence Awards; Francisco Goldman reflects on writing autofiction; and other stories.
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The Florida Times–Union spotlights Jacksonville authors Deesha Philyaw, Dawnie Walton, and Dantiel Moniz; Los Angeles Times staff pay homage to Eric Carle; Maya Abu Al-Hayat describes the spirit of Ramallah, Palestine; and other stories.
Richard Jean So discusses his data-driven examination of literary whiteness; Yang Huang writes about the anguish of revision; TODAY spotlights two doctors who include poetry in patient care; and other stories.
The Kenyon Review reveals 2021–2023 fellows; Publishers Weekly announces Bookstore of the Year and Sales Rep of the Year distinctions; B. Pietras considers Alice Munro’s treatment of queer characters; and other stories.
Bryan VanDyke reflects on remembering and forgetting books; T Kira Madden discusses the joys and life lessons gleaned from cooking; Jalal Barjas has won this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction; and other stories.
New Jersey bookstore offers diverse inventory and much more; Publishers Weekly surveys booksellers on new masking guidelines; Valeria Luiselli has won this year’s Dublin Literary Award; and other stories.
Zakiya Dalila Harris discusses her ambitions for The Other Black Girl; Elisabeth Egan writes about the unique pleasures of summer reading; Hannah Howard advises on how to write about taste; and other stories.
Critic Michael Dirda luxuriates in a long bookstore visit; roundtable demystifies the process behind book-to-film adaptations; Viking announces posthumous novel by John le Carré; and other stories.
Ailsa McFarlane relishes “a certain type of imperfection” in writing; Texas Commission on the Arts announces next two state poet laureates; sales executive Paul Von Drasek has died; and other stories.
Family Books in Los Angeles closes storefront; Molly McGhee writes about how America profits off the dead; Torrey Peters seeks to be “open to beauty’s true power”; and other stories.
Three poems by Palestinian writer Maya Abu-Alhayyat; Brenda Peynado explains her affinity for fabulism; Kristen Radtke reflects on American loneliness; and other stories.
Ben Philippe considers the “light trauma of having been the Black friend in white spaces”; art imitates life in Jim Shepard’s new book; Valerie Stivers tries her hand at a historical novel’s puddings; and other stories.
Simon & Schuster donates to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to honor the memory of Carolyn Reidy; Tao Lin of Muumuu House gathers remembrances of Giancarlo DiTrapano; Arya Roshanian celebrates Jhumpa Lahiri’s ever-evolving career; and other stories.
New fellowship program to offer thirty $25,000 grants to Puerto Rican writers; n+1 announces the winner of its inaugural Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize; Anmol Irfan writes about the limits placed on writers of color; and other stories.
HarperCollins officially acquires Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s trade division; Black Privilege Publishing releases first title; former publishing executive Richard Warren Baron has died; and other stories.
Six poets share new work at the Guardian; fiction writer Manzoor Ahtesham has died of coronavirus; Madeleine Watts shares a pain scale writing exercise; and other stories.
Applications open for pandemic aid for disabled artists; Eileen Myles reflects on photographs by Moyra Davey and Peter Hujar; Clint Smith talks about his revision process; and other stories.
Jeffrey Boakye writes about claiming his identity as a Black writer; Liese Mayer leaves Bloomsbury to work as freelance editor; Anjali Enjeti discusses the intergenerational trauma of Partition; and other stories.
Scaachi Koul reflects on meeting Jhumpa Lahiri; Han Zhang writes on the poetic legacy of Yi Lei; Alison Bechdel discusses the arc of her career; and other stories.
Adam Gopnik writes about the multiple legacies of Marcel Proust; Andy Weir discusses rounding his fiction in scientific fact; employees at Duke University Press file for a union election; and other stories.
Maggie Shipstead considers the difference between disappearance and death; Jean Kyoung Frazier vindicates the character of the female slacker; twenty-five recommended novels in translation; and other stories.
Elizabeth McCracken finds writing wisdom at the swimming pool; author organizations confront the Walt Disney Company; publishing executives Jynne Dilling Martin and Lisa Lucas share recommended reading; and other stories.
Nancy Reddy unpacks the poetry book contract; Jhumpa Lahiri discusses the art of translation; Dorany Pineda writes about groundbreaking Black comics and comics artists; and other stories.
Michelle T. Boone to serve as the next president of the Poetry Foundation; Crystal Wilkinson has been inducted as Kentucky poet laureate; designer creates “book covers for unwritten memoirs”; and other stories.
J.T. Bushnell awaits his family’s reactions to his debut novel; Kirstin Valdez Quade retraces the origins of The Five Wounds; Nina MacLaughlin shares notes on the Pink Moon; and other stories.