Randa Jarrar reflects on writing about traumatic memories; Cherie Jones discusses building complex characters; Jackie Wang explains how her dreams inform her poetry; and other stories.
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R. O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell discuss coediting Kink; Jenny Offill reflects on the evolving response to Weather; Michael Dirda recommends books about writers and writing; and other stories.
The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey named Costa Book of the Year; Anne Youngson reflects on pandemic writing and gardening; Yusef Komunyakaa names his favorite poets; and other stories.
Board elections at the American Booksellers Association; Alice Wong discusses building community; two big books slated for adaptation as television series; and other stories.
Heather John Fogarty reads books from across America; Soumya Shankar writes about the future of New York City; Mark Leyner discusses being “reckless” in his latest book; and other stories.
torrin a. greathouse discusses inventing new poetic forms; Havannah Tran recalls her introduction to prison abolition; Jenn Shapland wrestles with the ethics of nonfiction; and other stories.
Michelle Burford reflects on helping craft celebrity memoirs; neighborhood association distributes poetry newsletter; Soledad Fox Maura pushes back against the label “domestic fiction”; and other stories.
Viking Books for Young Readers to publish Amanda Gorman; Virginia Woolf picks “the greatest poet who ever lived”; Amber Sparks writes in praise of liminal spaces; and other stories.
Alexander Chee writes on the power and limits of art; MacDowell executive director Philip Himberg reflects on a difficult year; Yxta Maya Murray finds inspiration in her protagonist; and other stories.
Ten finalists selected for inaugural Gotham Book Prize; Brenda Coultas shares memories of poet Lewis Warsh; guest editors for the 2021 Best American Series announced; and other stories.
Regnery Publishing picks up Josh Hawley’s The Tyranny of Big Tech; Tongo Eisen-Martin named poet laureate of San Francisco; poet and essayist Shayla Lawson writes in praise of Stacey Abrams; and other stories.
Literary festival in Santa Ana, California, features local writers of color; HBO and HBO Max to adapt Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies; Noah Baumbach to adapt White Noise by Don DeLillo; and other stories.
Johnna Bush completes mural celebrating Alabama writers; Niela Orr writes on the artistry of rapper MF Doom; Literary Hub previews 2021 literary films and TV programs; and other stories.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announces Creatives Rebuild New York initiative; Graham Swift recommends writing without premeditation; Christina Orlando highlights new and forthcoming poetry books; and other stories.
The Association of University Presses reacts to the U.S. Capitol attack; Lisa See discusses interviewing for fiction; Madeleine Watts explains her resistance to traditional narrative; and other stories.
Rachel Kushner presents scenes from her youth; the breakout success of Pauline Harmange’s I Hate Men; Jenny Offill discusses her signature fragmentary style; and other stories.
Calvin University student brings poetry outdoors; Traci Brimhall reflects on artmaking while grieving; Dan Chiasson offers a window into his creative process; and other stories.
Fans note errors in new H. G. Wells commemorative coin; Nadia Owusu discusses switching from fiction to memoir; Joshua Bennett reflects on his poetic education; and other stories.
R. O. Kwon highlights forty-four books by women of color; Michael Farris Smith discusses writing his prequel to The Great Gatsby; critic Michael Dirda takes stock of his personal library; and other stories.
Len and Louise Riggio donate $250,000 to Poets & Writers; Hanif Abdurraqib writes on the intimacy of basketball; Cheryl Boyce-Taylor reflects on memorializing her son in poetry; and other stories.
Jenny Offill reflects on rereading Mrs. Dalloway; NPR lists notable works that have entered the public domain in 2021; Publishers Weekly learns about the production of last year’s virtual National Book Awards; and other stories.
A guide to digital resources at the Schomburg Center; Shu-Ling Chua writes in praise of Eileen Chang; Kelly J. Baker on the emotional labor of memoir; and other stories.
torrin a. greathouse discusses the importance of representation; Chris Stedman reflects on identity and the internet; Robert Jones Jr. celebrates Black queer love; and other stories.
Laila Lalami reflects on historical erasure in America; Kelly Coyne examines the white mother figure in three contemporary books; Bryan Washington shares his takeout memories of 2020; and other stories.
Gabriel Bump has won the 2020 Ernest J. Gaines Award; mysterious phishing scams rock the publishing industry; Barry Lopez has died; and other stories.