Amazon’s new ratings-based bookstore in Chicago; the mystery of the steak-sauce bottles in the library; the rise in aliteracy, or “reader’s block”; and more.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books, has died; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt lays off staff; the political appropriation of Jane Austen; and other news.
Michelle Dean on the art of paying attention; young-adult novels and the Black Lives Matter movement; how Goodreads is changing the book market; and other news.
Literary Twitter responds to Trump’s proposal to cut the NEA; the Miltonic precursor to the television antihero; Maine class action lawsuit hinges on Oxford comma; and other news.
Kevin Young will succeed Paul Muldoon as poetry editor of the New Yorker; women speak out against sexual assault in the literary world; a profile of memoirist and novelist Rachel Cusk; and other news.
Eleanor Catton sells rights to new novel; Lambda Literary announces finalists for 2017 awards; a literary map of the world; and other news.
Spuyten Duyvil releases protest poetry anthology; Oxford American rings in twenty-five years of Southern writing; Donika Kelly on loneliness and poetry; and other news.
Penguin Random House announces global publishers for Obamas’ forthcoming books; Melissa Febos on looking at hard truths; Robert James Waller has died; and other news.
A new theory on Jane Austen’s death; writers weigh in on the future of music; the work of Instagram poet Reuben Holmes; and other news.
Rick Bass wins the 2017 Story Prize; television series based on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels to air in Fall 2018; the first published book by a living North Korean author; and other news.
Harlequin to launch new imprint; Mohsin Hamid’s new novel and the refugee crisis; the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks; and other news.
PEN/Faulkner Foundation announces finalists for 2017 award; George Saunders on revision; the demise of the book-jacket author photo; and other news.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks feminism; literary salons where men read in the nude; writer Paula Fox has died; and other news.
George Saunders pays tribute to Grace Paley; “shut-in-chic” outfit options for the bookish introvert; the history and versatility of Hawaiian Pidgin; and other news.
Alec Baldwin and Kurt Anderson to write satire of Trump; Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar store on the east coast; a profile of Emmanuel Carrère; and other news.
Melissa Febos on writing through fear; editors on hate and literary platforms; new formal innovations in poetry; and other news.
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.
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.