In our sixteenth annual First Fiction roundup, five debut authors—Yaa Gyasi, Masande Ntshanga, Rumaan Alam, Maryse Meijer, and Imbolo Mbue—discuss their first books. Introduced by Angela Flournoy, Naomi Jackson, Emma Straub, Lindsay Hunter, and Christina Baker Kline. Read exclusive excerpts and original recordings from each of the debut authors.
In his latest publishing venture, blockbuster novelist James Patterson has launched his “lightening-paced” novel series, BookShots, part of his ongoing efforts to support literacy and reach new readers.
Website releases “definitive study” of U.S. author earnings; an interview with Iranian poet and translator Sholeh Wolpé; binge-worthy, serialized fiction; and other news.
Yale students petition against “Major English Poets” course; life at an artist’s residency; poetry for LGBT Pride Month; and other news.
The lost art of memorizing poetry; Louise Erdrich on her new novel; American Psycho adaptation to close on Broadway; and other news.
Musician creates punk album from William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch; why “translated fiction” is not a genre; Raymond Carver’s brother writes the author a birthday tribute; and other news.
Herman Melville’s love affairs; Barnes & Noble Education partners with fourteen more colleges; poet francine j. harris on reinventing language; and other news.
Amazon plans to open more stores; an interview with Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen; Nancy Drew “too female” for CBS; and other news.
Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin on the decline of online book culture; J. K. Rowling on freedom of expression; Han Kang wins Man Booker International Prize for fiction; and other news.
Allegory versus metaphor; the aphorism’s long history; Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo on the value of poetry; and other news.