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.
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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.
Employees at Moe’s Books form union; Crown pauses promotion of New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s pandemic book; Dorothea Lasky pays tribute to Diane di Prima; and other stories.
Alberta resident records the lives of senior citizens through poetry; Parul Sehgal reviews The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard; Megan Nolan explains the genesis of her debut novel; and other stories.
Naima Coster shares the questions that informed What’s Mine and Yours; Jo Ann Beard reflects on the pleasures of “living inside” a writing project; Patricia Engel and Imbolo Mbue discuss their new novels; and other stories.
Duchess Goldblatt writes about life after publication; Melissa Broder discusses diving into the editorial weeds; George M. Johnson reflects on the urgent need for diverse queer narratives; and other stories.
New casting platform launches for voiceover industry; Patricia Engel discusses “the interior world of immigration”; Jakob Guanzon reflects on formal constraints; and other stories.
Jami Attenberg writes about discarded manuscripts; Lily Houston Smith finds redeeming qualities in Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! by Kurt Vonnegut; Brit Bennett reflects on the tragic humor in Passing by Nella Larsen; and other stories.
Mensah Demary to lead Soft Skull Press as editor in chief; Courtney Maum writes about the pressure to develop a social media presence; Book Industry Charitable Foundation opens applications for higher education scholarship program; and other stories.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld withdraws as Dutch translator for Amanda Gorman books; Sophia Stewart celebrates the National Stuttering Association; Jonathan Lethem reflects on writing science fiction; and other stories.
Parul Sehgal looks back at 125 years of the New York Times Book Review; Viet Thanh Nguyen on his follow-up to The Sympathizer; Astra Publishing House announces new literary quarterly; and other stories.
Ibram X. Kendi shares his reading habits; the New Yorker profiles Dickinson creator Alena Smith; One World launches podcast; and other stories.
Shortlists for Lukas Prizes announced; John Freeman remembers Lawrence Ferlinghetti; the Biographers International Organization releases the longlist for its Plutarch Award; and other stories.
Christine Kuan appointed president and executive director of Creative Capital; Brit Bennett and the Riverhead Books team discuss the success of The Vanishing Half; Eula Biss writes on the history of resistance; and other stories.
Sonia Sanchez reflects on her life in poetry and activism; Ed Simon surveys the history of first-person narration; Horror Writers Association announces shortlists for Bram Stoker Awards; and other stories.
John Steinbeck’s waterfront property is up for sale; Emily Dickinson Museum plans ambitious renovations; writers to honor John Keats on bicentenary of his death; and other stories.
Reese’s Book Club launches new “Eat the Book” series; Imbolo Mbue reflects on the writing of How Beautiful We Were; Ghinwa Jawhari writes about teeth and the pandemic; and other stories.
Daniel Halpern to join Knopf as executive editor; We Need Diverse Books launches Black Creatives Fund; Destiny O. Birdsong writes on systemic racism in healthcare; and other stories.
Eleanor Catton reflects on adapting The Luminaries for the screen; two writers launch Black Moon Magazine; Bernard Ferguson writes in praise of Gwendolyn Brooks; and other stories.
Katherine A. Powers reviews audiobooks with multiple narrators; Paisley Rekdal wrestles with the complexities of cultural appropriation; Ottilie Mulzet writes on translation and her identity as an adoptee; and other stories.