Ocean Vuong interviews his friend and former professor Ben Lerner; Jaquira Díaz discusses her memoir, Ordinary Girls; Jung Chang talks politics and censorship in China; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
John le Carré on his twenty-fifth novel; Adrienne Brodeur on the possibilities of memoir; Jennifer Croft, a translator for Olga Tokarczuk, celebrates the new laureate; and other news.
A conversation with John Freeman and newly minted laureate Olga Tokarczuk; Leigh Bardugo discusses her adult debut, Ninth House; Helen Phillips considers horror in The Need; and other news.
A Jane Austen letter up for auction; Carmen Maria Machado talks editing; at home with Ben Lerner; and other news.
Biblioasis publisher on the Ducks, Newburyport buzz; Michele Richardson raises copyright concerns with Jojo Moyes; Jess Row on the past and future of the MFA; and other news.
Booker Prize finalists talk inspiration; anticipating the Nobel Prizes for literature; the pleasures and challenges of used bookselling; and other news.
How gender figures in the work of Haruki Murakami; the risks of strict reading-level systems; an interactive comic at the Believer; and other news.
Four enduring publishers and literary magazines; the corrupt language of politics; a reissue for a feminist classic; and other news.
Penguin Random House defends Lara Prescott against copyright complaint; Stefania Heim describes translating a multilingual poet; Philip Pullman talks fiction and politics; and other news.
Leslie Jamison and Kaveh Akbar discuss Make It Scream, Make It Burn; Ben Lerner considers Rosmarie Waldrop and the “poet’s novel”; Naomi Klein advocates for the Green New Deal; and other news.
Kimberly King Parsons discusses the primacy of voice; Shonda Buchanan talks memoir and difficult conversations; a new book series celebrates the Black British community; and other news.
Updates to the New York Times bestseller lists; Sarah M. Broom on finding the framework for The Yellow House; Max Porter on reading while grieving; and other news.
Ta-Nehisi Coates shares why his novel is titled The Water Dancer; the Paris Review teases new content for the quarterly’s podcast; Ann Patchett on throwing away an entire draft; and other news.
New York Magazine finds a new home at Vox Media; PEN America examines banned books in the U.S. prison system; Ta-Nehisi Coates talks speculative fiction; and other news.
Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name, appears on 60 Minutes; a Jewish girl's diary from the Holocaust is published in English for the first time; crime novelists discuss the pleasures and perils of their genre; and other news.
Samantha Hunt wins the 2019 St. Francis College Literary Prize for The Dark Dark; the new CEO of Barnes & Noble shares his business plan; book publishers reconsider professional fact-checking; and other news.
Publishers Weekly names Jennifer Baker the 2019 PW Superstar; a new home for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library; Leslie Jamison in the latest installment of By the Book at the New York Times; and other news.
The New York Public Library declines to host an event sponsored by foundation connected to Saudi crown prince; the New York Times probes the price of the writers’ workshop; Lucy Ellmann talks Ducks, Newburyport; and other news.
The postal service releases a Walt Whitman stamp; Merriam-Webster expands definition of “they”; two poets wander an art museum; and other news.
The National Book Foundation announces the longlist for its translated literature award; Macmillan taps Amy Einhorn to lead Henry Holt; scholars identify John Milton’s copy of Shakespeare’s first folio; and other news.
The National Book Foundation announces the longlist for its young people’s literature award; Esmé Weijun Wang on perseverance; a French Canadian author slipping under the radar; and other news.
Edmund White to receive an honorary National Book Award; Monique Truong’s new novel; the threat Brexit poses to publishing; and other news.
The voluminous output and wounded pyschodrama of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn; Poetry Foundation launches video series; libraries versus Macmillan; and other news.
Why one of Australia’s most celebrated writers can’t come onshore; Mona Awad on the Gothic horror of MFA programs; the problem with remembering authors with their most famous quotes; and other news.
Susan Kamil has died; Jonathan Franzen essay on climate change sparks online ire; how a poem published in a biker magazine may solve a decades-old murder; and other news.