Tracy K. Smith and Carla Hayden on CBS This Morning; Octavia Butler’s Parable series as the dystopian novel of our times; poet Ocean Vuong on optimism; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
The TSA will not implement policy of checking books at airport security; two publishing veterans launch a marketing company; the blurring lines between literature and video games; and other news.
Ten ways to organize a bookshelf; Samantha Hunt on motherhood and adolescence; the history of samizdat in Russia; and other news.
Simon & Schuster launches a science fiction and fantasy imprint; novelist Clancy Sigal has died; book theft anecdotes; and other news.
Stanford University Libraries adds two thousand cassette-tape recordings of Allen Ginsberg; how political books are dominating the publishing industry; Library of America editor and publisher to retire; and other news.
Mass printing before the Gutenberg Bible; Imbolo Mbue on empathy in literature; poets misunderstanding poets; and other news.
Jamia Wilson appointed executive director and publisher of Feminist Press; publishing books with gender-neutral names; an essay primer for adults; and other news.
U.K. Royal Mint puts Jane Austen on the £10 note; a poet travels the country in a “poetry wagon;” nominations open for the Guardian’s “Not the Booker” prize; and other news.
A web series reimagines Middlemarch through an LGBTQ lens; why Sherman Alexie canceled the rest of his book tour; Marginalia Books launches a series of annotated books; and other news.
Dana Canedy becomes first woman and first African American to administer the Pulitzer Prizes; fans defend Seven Stories Press’s social media from trolls; a defense of strangeness in poetry; and other news.
Center for Fiction announces the longlist for its first novel prize; an exhibit of Agatha Christie’s personal correspondence; why Akhil Sharma hates his most popular short story; and other news.
The most anticipated upcoming books; a day in the life of Russian writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya; the case for slow reading; and other news.
Bret Anthony Johnston named director of the Michener Center for Writers; biographer Kenneth Silverman has died; literal reading as the key to enjoying poetry; and other news.
Remembering poet Larry Fagin; the intersection of art, funding, and academia; major writers recommend summer books; and other news.
Library designs for the future; National Book Foundation combats “book deserts”; the most anthologized stories of all time; and other news.
Poetry Coalition receives $200,000 grant; on reading Hollywood memoirs; a history of the Beat Generation; and other news.
Summer reads from small presses; poets write executive orders; Margaret Atwood and Junot Díaz discuss totalitarianism; and other news.
The history of a hoax poetry movement; the ethics of cultural appropriation in art; Paddington Bear as refugee; and other news.
Writers protest the presence of a far-right newspaper at the Swedish book fair; the eighteenth-century book club versus the modern day book club; Yale University’s Beinecke Library acquire lifetime writings of Robert Olen Butler; and other news.
J. D. McClatchy steps down as editor of Yale Review; imprisoned writer and Nobel Peace Prize–winner Liu Xiaobo is being treated for liver cancer; the purpose of literary magazines; and other news.
Sarah Jessica Parker acquires first novel for her literary fiction imprint; Los Angeles Review of Books and University of Southern California kick off inaugural publishing workshop; the longlists for the 2017 National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose; and other news.
A twenty-year history of LGBTQ literature; Sherman Alexie on writing work that defies expectations; Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond receive Carnegie Medals; and other news.
Amazon e-book credits will expire Saturday; how outrage and emotion drive the artistic spirit; novelist Emma Straub on the books she loves; and other news.
Neil Gaiman campaign raises $100,000 for refugees; the history of the Deseret, the phonetic alphabet invented by Mormons; a guide to raising kids as readers; and other news.
Zadie Smith on the depiction of black pain in recent artwork; the difference between a book pitch and a press release; the Derek Walcott museum in St. Lucia closes; and other news.