The National Coalition Against Censorship calls attention to bills that seek to limit teaching on social justice; Zando has made its first acquisition; romance writers and industry members discuss the evolution of the genre; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Brandon Taylor writes about Black Horror on and off the screen; the New York Times reports on the posthumous publication of Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground; Mark Athitakis critiques “healing” literature; and other stories.
The Paris Review announces annual prizewinners; Cindy Myers to serve as interim executive director at Small Press Distribution; Emily Raboteau writes about New York City at the height of the pandemic; and other stories.
Poetry East celebrates fortieth anniversary; Los Angeles Times profiles five local poets; Kemi Alabi has won the Academy of American Poets First Book Award; and other stories.
Finalists for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award announced; Asian and Asian American photographers and Celeste Ng on what love looks like; the future of Barnes & Noble; and other stories.
Amanda Gorman graces the cover of Vogue; Women’s Prize defends inclusion of Torrey Peters on longlist; Rena Priest named next poet laureate of Washington State; and other stories.
Deesha Philyaw talks career and community; Caleb Azumah Nelson discusses the breakout success of Open Water; Harron Walker reflects on her relationship with author Torrey Peters; and other stories.
Christian Lorentzen writes a tribute to Giancarlo DiTrapano; Cleveland Foundation announces winners of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards; Catapult launches Don’t Write Alone; and other stories.
Editor and publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano has died; n+1 establishes fiction prize in honor of Anthony Veasna So; Boston Review reprints Binyavanga Wainaina’s first short story; and other stories.
Kaitlyn Greenidge shares the question at the heart of Libertie; Hanif Abdurraqib reflects on writing for his community; Jen Sookfong Lee evades categorization; and other stories.
Mentorship program offers support for writers from underrepresented groups; Sulaiman Addonia writes about his education in storytelling; Ambai reflects on the limits of translation; and other stories.
Poet and Hanging Loose Press editor Robert Hershon has died; Ingram launches new fund-raising campaign to support indie bookstores; Hanif Abdurraqib on joy and obsession; and other stories.
Longlist for the 2021 International Booker Prize announced; workers at Duke University Press seek to unionize; poet Sally Wen Mao on what drives her; and other stories.
David Gardner writes in praise of Poetry Unbound; the Margins publishes folio on Bangladesh’s independence; the Massachusetts Review pens open letter to Amazon; and other stories.
Six works shortlisted for Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize; one hundred women of color write about their first experience with racism; Jordan Rothacker discusses faith and religion; and other stories.
Edmund White analyzes Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley; PBS NewsHour profiles poet-physician Fady Joudah; Brandon Taylor writes about the “Internet Novel”; and other stories.
Announcing the finalists for the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards; Yaa Gyasi criticizes how books by writers of color are treated as “medicine”; U.K. Competition and Markets Authority investigates Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster merger; and other stories.
Eight writers receive 2021 Windham-Campbell Prizes; Paris Book Fair canceled due to the pandemic; Claudio Saunt and Andy Horowitz receive 2021 Bancroft Prizes; and other stories.
Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the history of anti-Asian violence; Nawal El Saadawi and Adam Zagajewski have died; Hannah Gold writes about the history of needle exchange advocacy in New York City; and other stories.
The Association of University Presses analyzes diversity in academic publishing; Voices of Our Nations issues statement on anti-Asian violence; Marvin Heiferman writes about grieving his husband; and other stories.
Roxane Gay situates the Atlanta attacks within history; Cathy Park Hong and Alexander Chee discuss anti-Asian violence and solidarity; the Asian American Writers’ Workshop issues statement in response to attacks; and other stories.
Jeremy Allen explores the history of Greenwich Village in New York City; Sara Batkie reads newly reissued works from three women writers; Roberto Carlos Garcia discusses transforming grief into poetry; and other stories.
Casey Cep writes about the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas; Michael Elias theorizes queerness as a form of haunting; Nuala O’Connor reflects on James Joyce’s love letters; and other stories.
Publishers Weekly checks in with five New England independent presses; Lilly Dancyger recommends waiting for the right book deal; Amineh Abou Kerech discusses transforming her memories of Syria into poetry; and other stories.
Jeff Martin recalls organizing his bookstore’s first virtual event; Dr. Seuss books see bump in sales; Toni Collette to direct adaptation of Writers and Lovers by Lily King; and other stories.