The story behind Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji’s imprisonment; a case for cultural criticism not defined by Trump; the formal advantages of graphic novels; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
A new biography of Elizabeth Bishop delves into her personal life; R. A. Villanueva on poetry and science; the twenty largest publishers of 2016; and other news.
Twenty-four senators sign letter to White House to defend the NEA and NEH; the risks of depicting family members in fiction; the New York Times through the ages; and other news.
Two new Joan Didion notebooks on the American South and West; the politics of retelling myths; finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes announced; and other news.
A survey of writing manuals; a new study suggests human brains are hardwired to appreciate poetry; a big-data approach to Shakespeare; and other news.
Tom Hanks’s debut story collection; Dana Gioia defends the importance of the NEA; PEN America announces 2017 festival will focus on “Gender and Power”; and other news.
A study shows fiction readers hear voices; beauty tips from heroines of twentieth-century literature; a profile of janitor and Argentinian novelist Enrique Ferrari; and other news.
The place of apathy in the work of J. M. Coetzee; the intersection of poetry and research; bookstore sales on the rise; and other news.
Phillip Pullman to publish new book trilogy; bookstores encourage political protest; Morgan Parker on Beyoncé and her new collection; and other news.
Love poems and anti-love poems for Valentine’s Day; a case against English academia; Amazon to open brick-and-mortar store in California Bay Area; and other news.
Arundhati Roy’s impact on Indian literature; the state of journalism in the digital age; a history of the Paris Review; and other news.
Javier Marias on fiction and politics; the social-media team behind the Merriam-Webster dictionary; the resurgence of aphorisms; and other news.
How many exclamation points to use in fiction; Swansea University announces the longlist for the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize; fiction writer William Melvin Kelley has died; and other news.
The reading styles of slam poets versus page poets; tips and strategies for surviving AWP; John Rechy on mystery in fiction; and other news.
The books Steven Bannon reads; Paul Auster on solitude and his 866-page novel; Tongue relaunches; and other news.
The career of “master of quirk” Jason Rekulak; the hazards of beauty in poetry; a renga for Obama; and other news.
Poems to read for Black History Month; marketing books with expletive-laden titles; James Baldwin documentary opens today; and other news.
Solmaz Sharif on poetry that moves beyond diagnosis; fiction writer Bharati Mukherjee has died; Ursula Le Guin on fact versus fiction; and other news.
Hillary Clinton to publish book of essays in the fall; New York City and BuzzFeed Books launch “One Book, One New York”; the political cartoons of Dr. Seuss; and other news.
Women’s Prize for Fiction seeks new sponsor; Roxane Gay’s ABA conference keynote; Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy’s return to fiction; and other news.
Zelda Fitzgerald on screen; non-love poetry in translation; National Magazine Awards omits fiction category; and other news.
Poet Susan Howe wins lifetime achievement award; what funding cuts to the NEA and NEH means for writers; Latinx writers on the lack of Latinx faculty at retreats; and other news.
Ron Padgett on the poems he wrote for the film Paterson; Philip Roth on the similarities between the current presidency and one of his novels; writers on Burns Night; and other news.
“Dutch classic” 1947 novel translated into English for the first time; American Library Association announces winners of its Youth Media Awards; novelist Anuk Arudpragasam on articulating inner life; and other news.
Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty on Trump’s inauguration; Doubleday to publish Mark Twain fairytale; the modernization and politicization of Jane Austen; and other news.