Margarita Engle named new Young People’s Poet Laureate; the enduring relevance of Czeslaw Milosz’s political analysis; the legacy of Robert Hayden; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Director William Friedkin retraces Proust’s footsteps; Utah governor appoints Paisley Rekdal state poet laureate; the American Writers Museum opens today with a W. S. Merwin exhibit; and other news.
Poet Tommy Pico redefines nature poetry in his new collection; Wisconsin makes May 12 Lorine Niedecker Day; the golden age of Chinese science fiction; and other news.
Harry Potter prequel story stolen; Edan Lepucki collects photos of mothers before they were mothers; Karen Kosztolnyik named new editor of Grand Central Publishing; and other news.
Fiona McFarlane wins £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize; bookseller Bill Petrocelli sues California over “Autograph Law”; Junot Díaz interviews Samuel R. Delany about science fiction; and other news.
Amazon’s new buy button sparks controversy; Karl Ove Knausgaard on curating an Edvard Munch exhibit; Claudia Rankine talks poetry and race with the Paris Review; and other news.
American Writers Museum to open next week; Bill Clinton and James Patterson pen a political thriller; the country homes of the Bloomsbury Group; and other news.
Librarians meet on Capitol Hill to fight for funding; children’s book author and illustrator Peter Spier has died; David Grann on writing history and confronting the unknown; and other news.
Three new story collections by immigrant writers; new anthology of West Virginia writers; Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians television series; and other news.
Jim Shepard wins $30,000 Rea Award; a protest poetry survival kit for women; study measures poetry-induced chills; and other news.
Lisa Ko on writing and rewriting her debut novel; Tor Books launches experimental genre imprint; poet Jack Muller has died; and other news.
Writer and editor Jean Stein has died; more than 41 percent of U.K. readers lie about what they’ve read; Elizabeth Strout on embracing childhood feelings; and other news.
Poetry and prose books by Latinx authors to read for a hundred days and beyond; U.K. readers turn back to the print book while Chinese readers embrace the e-book; Almog Behar on bridging the gap between Arabic and Hebrew writers; and other news.
PEN America releases report on the state of free speech in the first hundred days of Donald
Trump’s presidency; Mohsin Hamid on writing fiction and migration; the New Yorker profiles poet Morgan Parker; and other news.
Barnes & Noble names Demos Parneros as its new CEO; Michelle Dean on Granta’s “Best American Young Novelists” and the conflicting impulses of American fiction writers; Major Jackson’s “Renga for Obama” to conclude this Sunday; and other news.
Viet Thanh Nguyen makes a case against the writing workshop; tracing the origins of well-known quotes; Mohammed Hasan Alwan wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction; and other news.
Robert M. Pirsig has died; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt makes another round of layoffs; Monica Youn on poetry, women, and property; and other news.
Theater company commissions thirty-eight new Shakespeare-inspired plays; what the Proto-Indo-European language may have sounded like; the growth of explicitly political poetry; and other news.
Man Booker International Prize shortlist announced; Bill O’Reilly’s 1998 novel about a fired TV newsman; the subjectivity of literary taste; and other news.
Henry Holt to continue publishing Bill O’Reilly; the process of adding words to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to publish picture book; and other news.
Finalists announced for the 2017 Best Translated Book Awards; a classics scholar and his father recreate the journey of Odysseus; typos in literature; and other news.
Donald Trump plugs a stunt book with blank pages; Patricia Lockwood as poet and Twitter maven; Lena Dunham talks books; and other news.
Kathryn Schulz chronicles literature’s obsession with the Arctic; the case for hate-reading; an anesthesiologist’s take on poetry; and other news.
Picador editor on supporting overlooked voices; new e-book project explores digital ownership; Margaret Atwood’s additions to The Handmaid’s Tale audiobook; and other news.
Anonymous writer leads campaign to restore the Mosul University Library in Iraq; new book celebrates the Library of Congress card catalogue; unpublished Sylvia Plath letters reveal domestic abuse; and other news.