Booksellers concerned about holiday inventory; three recent thrillers by women about female rage; Sally Rooney’s Normal People named Waterstones book of the year, and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Attorneys in Barnes & Noble lawsuit to meet this week; Electric Literature launches Electric Eel; a profile of Brigid Hughes; and other news.
Barry Jenkins calls on Hollywood to adapt more Black literature; Abrams cancels graphic novel after criticism; short fictions inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe; and other news.
The next generation of Black publishing; longtime librarian of Congress James H. Billington has died; Meg Wolitzer on feminism and fiction; and other news.
Barnes & Noble will open ten to fifteen new stores in 2019; BuzzFeed News surveys more than 1,400 librarians about their work; a store of rare Black books opens in Atlanta; and other news.
Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman has died; Ida Vitale wins Miguel de Cervantes Prize; the New Yorker interviews Rachel Cusk; and other news.
An open letter to Elena Ferrante; Dan Brown on how to write a bestseller; Hilton Als on Ntozake Shange; and other news.
George Saunders weighs in on American politics; Jonathan Franzen offers ten rules for novelists; writers recommend books that represent America; and other news.
Washington Post’s Best Books of 2018; CLMP’s Leppendorf passes the torch to Gannon; Poetry Daily moves to George Mason University; and other news.
Advice from the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35; the massive success of author Rachel Hollis; the second annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival; and other news.
Kirkus announces Best Fiction of 2018; Amazon publishes new series of original “cli-fi” stories; J. K. Rowling sues former assistant; and other news.
Novels that get to the truth of World War I; Amazon’s Best Books of 2018; Soho Press cofounder Juris Jurjevicz has died; and other news.
Another member of the Swedish Academy quits amid scandal; Nicolas Mathieu wins France’s Goncourt Prize; a new book of stories by late Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz; and other news.
Author events canceled amid threats to free expression in Hong Kong; “single-use” named Collins Dictionary’s 2018 word of the year; Virginia rep Denver Riggleman’s book of bigfoot erotica; and other news.
Lifetime greenlights Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta; Haruki Murakami plans an archive in Tokyo; Ottessa Moshfegh on sadness and sensitivity; and other news.
Twelve unapologetically angry women in literature; Javier Zamora on getting his green card in a climate of anti-immigration; Don DeLillo on grappling with the future of America through fiction; and other news.
Publishers harassed by TSA over a political art book; Pennsylvania department of corrections reverses its decision on book deliveries to prisons; Natasha Trethewey on her new book of poems; and other news.
The Obamas option Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk for Netflix; LCS Communications acquired by Quad/Graphics; Idra Novey on books that challenge the political landscape; and other news.
Barnes & Noble countersues Parneros with claims of sexual harassment; Chinese novelist Jin Yong has died; Italian director Saverio Costanza on working with Elena Ferrante; and other news.
Martha Nussbaum wins $1 million Berggruen Prize; an attempted murder over spoiled book endings; interviews with National Book Award finalists; and other news.
Dutton releases its first batch of mini books; a romance novelist tackles consent and empowerment; marathon readings of Frankenstein to take place throughout the world; and other news.
A new prize for political fiction; Stephen King’s latest least favorite word; Anne Lamott, a leftie guru of optimism; and other news.
Finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals; Glory Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl anthology; Shelley Jackson’s new novel; and other news.
Edward Carey’s Madame Tussaud; readers on their Tsundoku stacks; Bret Easton Ellis on his first novel in nearly ten years; and other news.
Sarah Perry on Melmoth; Friday Black tackles capitalism; advice on writing a book proposal; and other news.