Marcelo Hernandez Castillo shares how writing a memoir changed his art; Jenn Shapland talks finding her story through Carson McCullers’s; Sally Rooney offers a window into her reading life; and other stories.
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Sarah Crichton to lead Henry Holt as editor in chief; Megan O’Grady considers literary female trios across the ages; Lauren Groff celebrates the work of Lorrie Moore; and other stories.
Clare Beams discusses early sources of inspiration; Matvei Yankelevich continues his series examining the professionalization of the small press world; Kate Knibbs considers recent works of “doomer” literature; and other stories.
Adrienne Miller traces the literary industry’s longstanding misogyny; Antonio López looks for the roots of U.S. Latinx poetry; literary agent Kiele Raymond offers advice to emerging writers; and other stories.
Kathleen Graber wins the 2020 Rilke Prize; Craig Morgan Teicher previews 2020 in poetry; Halimah Marcus teaches writing endings; and other stories.
The British Library purchases Andrea Levy papers; Arundhati Roy on writing under fascism; Luis J. Rodriguez on the value of poetry; and other stories.
Guernica traces Hanif Abdurraqib’s career to date; Matvei Yankelevich on the political forces shaping the small press world; Inc. visits a New Hampshire indie bookstore turned political hotspot; and other stories.
Jenn Shapland explores why we recommend books to lovers; Brandon Taylor charts his transition from biochemistry to writing; Vikram Chandra pilots a software that helps writers with world-building; and other stories.
The Poetry Coalition announces Poetry & Protest programming; Literary Hub nominates books for Oscars; Roxane Gay reflects on her year in reading; and other stories.
Kamau Brathwaite has died; Tin House Online closes shop; Barnes & Noble and Penguin Random House cancel Diverse Editions project; and other stories.
Alice Mayhew of Simon & Schuster has died; Parul Sehgal catches up with Jenny Offill; Emily Nemens talks finding inspiration in baseball; and other stories.
Danez Smith finds inspiration and focus in friendship; esteemed literary critic George Steiner dies at ninety; Jenn Shapland celebrates the queerness of Carson McCullers; and other stories.
“Queen of suspense” Mary Higgins Clark has died; Black History Month reading recommendations; Abi Daré on writing her debut novel; and other stories.
Celebrating the art and spirit of Jericho Brown; a final interview with Stephen Dixon; a Virginia Woolf pilgrimage in New York City; and other stories.
PEN America issues a statement on the American Dirt controversy; an unconventional dialogue via a Google Doc; the J. D. Salinger novel that was nearly published; and other stories.
Lee & Low Books releases Diversity Baseline Survey results; Texas Book Festival names a new literary director; Anna Held on reading addiction narratives; and other stories.
Writers Resist organizes 2020 voter awareness campaign; Julia Berick and Jenny Kroik imagine a literary paper doll of Sula; poet Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez on language, family, and home; and other stories.
Leadership changes at Custom House; David Rabe on the trials of childhood; Plenitude Magazine talks amplifying queer voices; and other stories.
Allison Wallis calls for more dialogue on accessibility at writing retreats; Poetry Northwest names Keetje Kuipers editor; Riverhead Books launches podcast with Marlon James and Jake Morrissey; and other stories.
Oprah’s Book Club to read American Dirt; Jennifer Mills on writing for climate justice; Namwali Serpell offers a window into her research archive; and other stories.
Celina Su reflects on growing up between languages; Literary Hub anticipates 2020 literary events and milestones; Jeff Zentner discusses becoming a young adult novelist; and other stories.
Jonathan Creasy remembers the legacy of the Black Mountain Poets; Emily Cooke reflects on a transformative writers’ retreat; Meng Jin discusses the evolution of her debut novel; and other stories.
Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum named literary landmark; Tom Lutz discusses the unexpected turns of writing; the Believer releases longlists for its annual awards; and other stories.
NEA announces 2020 literature and translation fellowships; Barack Obama’s list of favorite books boosts Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing; Tracie D. Hall set to lead the American Library Association; and other stories.
Steve Rubin to leave Henry Holt; Svetlana Alexievich to launch press dedicated to women writers; a new fiction program begins at the Atlantic; and other stories.