Penguin Random House launches young adult imprint for diverse books; novelist Rumaan Alam joins New York Times Books desk; the poet behind the Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
NEA announces $25 million in grants to nonprofit arts organizations; Jesmyn Ward signs a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster; Edmund White and Edna O’Brien win PEN awards in lifetime achievement; and other news.
Women editors discuss sexual discrimination in the literary world; a new biography of Madeleine L’Engle; poet Claribel Alegría has died; and other news.
Book sales are up in Puerto Rico; a screen adaptation of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run novels in the works; New York Society Library’s borrowing records of famous writers; and other news.
Sigrid Nunez on writing as religion; a history of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; fiction writers on how to write about sex; and other news.
Joe Pan and Kate Angus on running small presses; Israeli poet Haim Gouri has died; Scholastic to launch narrative nonfiction imprint for young adults; and other news.
Muriel Spark’s hundredth birthday; the science of swearing; Penguin Classics reprints six books in honor of Black History Month; and other news.
The limitations of Google Translate; the state-sponsored fiction of North Korea; Atria publisher Judith Curr steps down; and other news.
Rose McGowan’s memoir out today; Alison Bennis White wins Rilke Prize; an award for thrillers with no violence towards women; and other news.
A petition to reinstate nature words in the Oxford Junior Dictionary; a profile of W. S. Merwin; the rise of librarian-journalists; and other news.
An English translation of Saddam Hussein’s romance novel; Krys Lee and Adam Johnson on North Korea; an ultra-realistic animation of poet Robert Burns; and other news.
Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin; Coach House Books poetry editor fired after sexual harassment allegations; an ode to unfinished books; and other news.
Chilean poet Nicanor Parra has died; Publishers Weekly’s most anticipated books of the spring; Sylvia Plath possessions to be sold; and other news.
Mira T. Lee on mental illness; Roxane Gay on the Women’s March; Publishers Weekly makes the case for net neutrality; and other news.
Amy Tan on regretting her most recent memoir; Chinese book publisher seized for criticizing the government; T. S. Eliot’s writing advice to Alice Quinn; and other news.
Javier Zamora on Trump’s decision to end protection of immigrants from El Salvador; travel memoirist Peter Mayle has died; audiobooks on vinyl; and other news.
Ron Padgett receives lifetime achievement award from Poetry Society of America; Elena Ferrante to write column for the Guardian; trailer for PBS’s The Great American Read; and other news.
South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile has died; NEH launches new grant program for organizations; an interview with biographer Robert Caro; and other news.
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.
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.