A consideration of sustainable funding for poets; Ha Jin on his new novel; Jeff VanderMeer funds full year of the Octavia Project; and other news.
Creative nonfiction writer Janice Lee on her new essay collection; Kafka’s sexual phobias were actually pretty normal; Bob Dylan’s Nobel speech to be read on his behalf; and other news.
Poets Nikky Finney and Donika Kelly in conversation; Dan Chiasson profiles poet Ishion Hutchinson; Dr. Seuss estate sues over Seuss-Star Trek “mashup” book; and other news.
Flaubert’s travel diary up for auction; sixteen books that explain this year’s election; PEN reports on missing Hong Kong booksellers; and other news.
John Irving and Nathan Hill in conversation; Swedish Academy member calls Bob Dylan’s silence over his Nobel Prize win “impolite and arrogant”; poet Lucia Perillo has died at age fifty-eight; and other news.
Tom Wolfe novel adapted as miniseries without his knowledge; Margaret Atwood on Trump supporters and her fictional dystopias; Man Booker winner László Krasznahorkai on various notions of “home”; and other news.
From embracing the Internet to leveraging blurbs, a debut novelist offers strategies for publicizing your own book, an imperative for many authors publishing with small presses whose limited budgets preclude broad publicity campaigns.
President Obama proclaims October as National Arts and Humanities Month; National Book Foundation announces 5 Under 35 honorees; Hollywood’s “most sought-after word nerds”; and other news.
Pulitzer Prize Winner James Alan McPherson dies; debut authors Yaa Gyasi and Hua Hsu in conversation; the evolving role of librarians; and other news.
In another installment of First, contributing editor Rigoberto González talks with Indo-Caribbean poet Rajiv Mohabir, discussing his debut collection, and how the poet uses language as identity and resistance while “feeling trapped inside a puzzle of ancestry.”