Publishers Weekly checks in with the owners of Book Club in New York City; Irish poet Derek Mahon died on Friday; editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen relaunch Monkey; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has eliminated 525 positions in its education group; editor Bill Kartalopoulos reflects on the discontinuation of the annual Best American Comics anthology; Patrick Bassett named CEO of Powell’s Books; and other stories.
The shortlists for the 2020 National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose; Jamia Wilson to join Random House as vice president and executive editor; Gary Younge considers the enduring relevance of Richard Wright’s Native Son; and other stories.
Kimiko Tobimatsu complicates traditional narratives of cancer; Juan Felipe Herrera reads poems on NPR; Joanna Scutts examines the legacy of poet Alice Dunbar-Nelson; and other stories.
Marilynne Robinson reflects on the future of America; Tiffany McDaniel discusses staying true to her narrative; Charles Finch shares his approach to literary criticism; and other stories.
Fariha Róisín on the debut novel that took her eighteen years to write; the Los Angeles Public Library system adapts to the pandemic era; Nicole Dennis-Benn celebrates the work of Lambda Literary; and other stories.
Artist Relief has distributed more than $13.5 million to creatives; the Los Angeles Times Book Club hosts “Black Poets in a Time of Unrest”; Anja Kampmann reflects on the invisible world of oil rig workers; and other stories.
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop pays tribute to Kimarlee Nguyen; Hari Kunzru discusses the precarity of democracy in America; Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf to serve as senior director of literary programs at PEN America; and other stories.
Literary Hub compiles a “list-of-lists” for fall books; Jenny Bhatt shares her path to writing; Brian Dillon close reads Joan Didion’s Vogue photo captions; and other stories.
Poets Gwendolyn Baxley and Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz share new poems for Black life; Halle Butler talks to the Guardian on making art under capitalism; Tim Parks compares the activities of writing and translating; and other stories.
The New York Times profiles publishing powerhouse Madeline McIntosh; Dan Chiasson reviews new works by Henri Cole and Eduardo C. Corral; Niloufar Talebi debuts list of essential Iranian books; and other stories.
John Sargent to leave his position as CEO of Macmillan; Roxane Gay writes on the legacy of Audre Lorde; Keziah Weir investigates the chaotic world of Skyhorse Publishing; and other stories.
Hermeticus Books in Talent, Oregon has burned down; Lincoln Michel troubles the line between realism and fantasy; Book Marks highlights eleven forthcoming poetry collections and anthologies; and other stories.
National Book Foundation announces longlist for young people’s literature award; Alane Mason mourns the death of Randall Kenan; Publishers Weekly and Frankfurter Buchmesse announce PW Star Watch list; and other stories.
West Coast booksellers strained by wildfires; Macmillan creates new executive role to direct diversity initiatives; Karen Russell and Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum reflect on fiction during times of crisis; and other stories.
Joy Harjo reflects on editing a new anthology of Native American poetry; Duke University Press editorial director Gisela Fosado responds to Jessica A. Krug revelation; Jesse Green turns to Walt Whitman to make sense of contemporary crises; and other stories.
Parneshia Jones named director of Northwestern University Press; Megan Cummins discusses the nature of autobiographical fiction; Greg Mania reflects on the intimacy of writing; and other stories.
Sigrid Nunez reflects on writing about friendship; Emma Cline shares strategies for writing about extreme incidents; publishers discuss the new normal of virtual events; and other stories.
Viet Thanh Nguyen joins the Pulitzer Prize Board; Doubleday announces promotions and new executive hire; Peter Blackstock named publisher of Atlantic Books in the UK; and other stories.
Booksellers across the country reflect on independent bookstore day; Sabrina Orah Mark analyzes the talking animals that appear in fairy tales; Elisabeth Egan profiles former first daughter and publishing insider Jenna Bush Hager; and other stories.
Poets gather to remember Hurricane Katrina; Bertelsmann and HarperCollins signal interest in acquiring Simon & Schuster; Daniel Nayeri renders his experience as a refugee in fiction; and other stories.
Poet Claudia Castro Luna on fostering a diverse literary community; Aya Kanai describes her day-to-day as editor in chief of Marie Claire; Kimberly Alidio turns to Language poetry in times of crisis; and other stories.
Jesmyn Ward mourns the death of her husband; Alyssa Cole tackles gentrification and anti-Blackness in her first thriller; Kevin Young reflects on curating a new anthology of African American poetry; and other stories.
Fiction writer Randall Kenan has died at age fifty-seven; Christina Baker Kline reflects on the lives excluded from mainstream history; Margo Okazawa-Rey shares advice for movement building; and other stories.
Bon Appétit names book publisher Dawn Davis as next editor in chief; Onikah Asamoa-Caesar describes opening a bookstore in Tulsa during a time of growing racial awareness; Atlas Obscura surveys the prominence of public poetry in South Korea; and other stories.