Dali Adekunle criticizes the dehumanization of essential workers; Genevieve Hudson shares their coming out story; Fitzcarraldo Editions celebrates six years in business; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Amistad Press launches #BlackoutBestsellerList campaign; Brit Bennett discusses publishing a book during a time of protests and pandemic; Camille Dungy reflects on beauty and suffering; and other stories.
Noreen Tomassi retires from the Center for Fiction; poet Roger Robinson on poetry and activism; Jean Kyoung Frazier talks fantasy and slackers; and other stories.
Hanif Abdurraqib launches ’68 to ’05, a playlist and music archival project; Cameron Awkward-Rich on grieving and protesting Tony McDade’s death; Zadie Smith to publish essay collection written during early months of pandemic; and other news.
Candice Carty-Williams critiques the gatekeepers of publishing; ZORA celebrates its first anniversary; Vallaire Wallace finds lessons for activism in a novel by Nina Revoyr; and other stories.
Fellows and collaborators seek reform at Fine Arts Work Center; English PEN awards nineteen translation prizes; Nic Stone and Kim Johnson discuss racial justice in the world and in young adult literature; and other stories.
Parul Sehgal writes in praise of Hervé Guibert; Rebekah Frumkin fights the commodification of the resistance; Elaine Kahn discusses teaching and community during the pandemic; and other stories.
Writer Saeed Jones on the grief of anti-Black violence; hashtag #publishingpaidme highlights disparity between what Black writers and white writers are offered for their work; Ibram X. Kendi to launch center for antiracist research at Boston University; and other stories.
Rigoberto González on responsible allyship; Paul Soulellis examines the creative artifacts of the pandemic era; Jericho Brown on joy and grief; and other stories.
Desmond Elliott Prize shortlist announced; Danez Smith, Emerson Whitney, and Ocean Vuong on the revolution; Black booksellers recommend further anti-racist reading; and other stories.
Layla F Saad curates an anti-racist reading list; a number of books on anti-racism are temporarily out of stock; Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts announces permanent closure; and other stories.
Porochista Khakpour discusses the personal essay; University of Hawai’i in Mānoa has established a new endowed chair in Hawaiian studies, literature, and the environment; Shanekia McIntosh on making the arts accessible; and other stories.
Minneapolis indie bookstores Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s have burned down; Rebecca Solnit examines how masculinity is exacerbating the pandemic; Emily Powell on steering Powell’s Books through a turbulent season; and other stories.
Checking in with Minneapolis indie bookstores after Wednesday’s riots; Kaya Press reflects on twenty-six years of publishing; Lucy Scholes highlights a queer psychosexual drama from the 1950s; and other stories.
Frankfurt Book Fair organizers adapt to the pandemic; Tim Parks proposes a new set of literary categories; Ron Charles unpacks the “summer reading” label; and other stories.
The Amazon Literary Partnership announces 2020 grant recipients; the Academy of American Poets awards Poetry Fund grants; Victoria Chang discusses the uglier emotions in Obit; and other stories.
Lydia Millet on the complementary powers of science and art; John Paul Brammer discusses his advice column and his forthcoming memoir; Robin Wall Kimmerer on restoring respect for nature; and other stories.
Michael Barron on the plight of small publishers under COVID-19; Irish officials and citizens are turning to poetry to weather the pandemic; publishing executive Charles Dorsey has died at age eighty-three; and other stories.
Sejal Shah talks language, humor, and home; Hal Foster seeks structural change; Amy Jo Burns discusses the origins of Shiner; and other stories.
Larissa Lai wins Lambda Literary’s midcareer novelist prize; Macmillan and Hachette introduce new sales programs to assist independent bookstores; Patrick Madden looks beyond the “ready-made” in his essays; and other stories.
Olivia Laing searches for solutions amid catastrophe; literary agent Frances Goldin dies at age ninety-five; S. D. Chrostowska muses on dreaming under the coronavirus; and other stories.
Kawai Strong Washburn on using a chorus of narrators; Gabrielle Bell discusses her semi-autobiographical comics; the Washington Post assembles a new virtual literary events calendar; and other stories.
Bryan Washington wins the 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize; the Guardian talks to Francophone African authors about the movement to publish locally; Entertainment Weekly hosts a roundtable on queer literature; and other stories.
Colleagues and friends pay tribute to Carolyn Reidy; Myriam Gurba questions Joan Didion’s claim to California; the Economist highlights nurse-authors; and other stories.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha wins prize for lesbian/queer nonfiction; Kundiman accepts nine fellows for 2020 Mentorship Lab Program; a pandemic novelist reflects on the coronavirus; and other stories.