• Jamaica Kincaid. Photo: Sofie Sigrinn.
    December 03, 2021

    Jamaica Kincaid to receive the Hadada award; George Saunders is starting a Substack

    Jamaica Kincaid is this year’s recipient of the Hadada Prize from the Paris Review. The journal’s publisher Mona Simpson said: “I can’t think of another writer whose voice contains such intensities of rage and love.” The lifetime achievement award will be given at the Paris Review’s Spring Revel, which will take place in person in April.

    In a new episode of On the Nose, the Jewish Currents podcast, Ari Brostoff hosts a discussion between Kay Gabriel and Vicky Osterweil about Let the Record Show, Sarah Schulman’s newest book. Osterweil wrote a review for Jewish Currents that was appreciative

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  • Anand Gopal
    December 02, 2021

    Anand Gopal becomes a staff writer at the “New Yorker”; The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grants announced

    Smithsonian magazine has announced its picks for the best history books of 2021. The winners include Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America by Keisha N. Blain, The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age by Amy Sohn, and America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Elizabeth Hinton.

    Jenna Johnson has been named the new editor in chief of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

    The New Yorker has named Anand Gopal and Clare Malone as staff writers and Graciela Mochkofsky and Rachel Monroe as

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  • Bryan Washington. Photo © Dailey Hubbard
    December 01, 2021

    Bryan Washington on gay bars and queer community; CUNY’s journalism school hosts public workshops

    Alice Sebold has apologized to Anthony J. Broadwater, the man wrongfully convicted of the rape she describes in her memoir Lucky. Broadwater, who was exonerated last week, told the New York Times, “To make that statement, it’s a strong thing for her to do, understanding that she was a victim and I was a victim too.”

    For the New Yorker, Bryan Washington tours some of the nation’s gay bars to see how they’ve been affected by the pandemic: “The crowd grew gradually. The mood felt familial. Groups of twos and threes merged and joined and broke off with one another, and on the patio a set of

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  • Garth Greenwell. Photo: Bill Adams
    November 30, 2021

    Writers discuss their day jobs; Garth Greenwell to teach a free class for LGBTQ fiction writers

    The New York Times has announced its ten best books of 2021.

    At LitHub, seven writers talk about their day jobs. Working construction, teaching high school, bartending, and being a pharmacist are among the professions represented. Social worker Rosalie Knecht explains the parallels between the two professions: “A lot about the way we understand our own lives comes from our sense of narrative and how we organize information, and for someone who is already interested in those questions and enjoys conversation, it’s a great job.”

    Light Industry’s Thomas Beard has announced that he’s starting a

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  • Donika Kelly
    November 29, 2021

    CEO Jack Dorsey has resigned from Twitter; Donika Kelly on trauma and artifice in poetry

    Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, both reporters for the Washington Post, have sold their biography of George Floyd to Viking. The book, My Name Is George Floyd, is set for publication in May 2022.

    Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey has resigned and the company’s former CTO, Parag Agrawal, will be taking over. Dorsey wrote to the staff: “I’m really sad . . . yet really happy. There aren’t many companies that get to this level.” Referring to his own decision to leave, he continued, “And there aren’t many founders that choose their company over their own ego. I know we’ll prove this was

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  • Lydia Davis. Photo: © Theo Cote
    November 24, 2021

    Lydia Davis to discuss her essays on translation with Parul Sehgal and Jonathan Galassi

    Anthony J. Broadwater, who was convicted of the 1981 rape described in Alice Sebold’s memoir Lucky, has been exonerated. Timothy Mucciante, the executive producer of a planned film adaptation of Sebold’s book, played a role in bringing attention to Broadwater’s case: “I started having some doubts, not about the story that Alice told about her assault, which was tragic, but the second part of her book about the trial, which didn’t hang together.”

    For Thrillist, Esther Zuckerman talks with director Paul Thomas Anderson about his new movie Licorice Pizza, the San Fernando Valley’s connections to

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  • Sally Rooney, 2017.
    November 23, 2021

    The Wirecutter Union's holiday strike; Writers' open letter in support of Sally Rooney

    The Wirecutter Union is striking from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday and is asking for readers and shoppers to support a boycott of the website during that time. The strike plan comes after two years of bargaining with the New York Times Company, and, according to the union, amid continued “unfair labor practices and wage offers that significantly underpay our staff.” The union hopes to reach a deal with management by Black Friday.

    More than seventy writers, artists, critics, and other luminaries have signed a letter supporting Sally Rooney’s decision to not publish the Hebrew translation

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  • Merve Emre. Photo © Christian Nakarado
    November 22, 2021

    Merve Emre on annotating “Mrs. Dalloway”; art critic and essayist Dave Hickey has died

    Dave Hickey—legendary magazine writer and author of the essay collection Air Guitar—has died. As Christopher Knight at the Los Angeles Times notes in his appreciation, Air Guitar “is easily the most widely read book of art criticism to appear in our time.” You can read Hickey’s Bookforum column on Colson Whitehead and poker here.

    At Public Books, Merve Emre talks about annotating Mrs. Dalloway: “My goal was not to confront the reader with a boring, scholarly series of footnotes pointing him or her to places and dates. Instead, I wanted to help to create a new text and a new mode of interacting

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  • Lincoln Michel
    November 19, 2021

    Lincoln Michel weighs in on the latest MFA debate; Naomi Kanakia on the myth of a Classically educated elite

    Today is the last day to submit books to Lambda Literary’s “Lammy” Awards. You can find submission guidelines here.

    At his Substack, Lincoln Michel weighs in on the latest iteration of the MFA debate: “MFAs become a stand-in for whatever trend in literature someone dislikes. I’ve seen MFAs blamed for hysterical realism, dirty realism, McSweeney’s style fabulism, autofiction, ‘identity novels,’ and everything else in-between. (Sometimes it’s claimed that whatever style is being denounced was actually a deep state CIA plot all along.)” While MFAs can be useful for individual writers, Michel

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  • Sylvère Lotringer. Photo: Iris Klein.
    November 18, 2021

    National Book Awards announced; Remembering Sylvère Lotringer

    The National Book Awards have been announced: Jason Mott has won in Fiction for Hell of a Book; Tiya Miles in Nonfiction for All That She Carried; and Martín Espada in Poetry for Floaters.

    The Paris Review’s editor Emily Stokes has announced that the magazine is getting a redesign, inspired by the Review’s book-size editions of the past. The new look will debut with the Winter 2021 issue, out in December.

    In the Chicago Tribune, John Warner offers an appreciation of Fiona McCrae, the Graywolf Press publisher who is retiring next year. Warner observes, “Giving writers the freedom to do their

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  • Patrick Radden Keefe. Photo: Lars van der Brink
    November 17, 2021

    Patrick Radden Keefe wins the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize; Zoe Hu on Jay Caspian Kang’s “The Loneliest Americans”

    New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe has won the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction for his book on the Sacklers, Empire of Pain.

    Essayist and novelist Sloane Crosley tells Entertainment Weekly about her forthcoming book, “a romantic comedy set in a new age mind control cult on the Lower East Side” called Cult Classic: “My hope is that what sets it apart from every other romantic comedy set in a new age mind control cult on the Lower East Side is that it’s also a mystery.”

    Zoe Hu reviews Jay Caspian Kang’s The Loneliest Americans for Jewish Currents. The book explores Asian identity

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  • Sarah Schulman. Photo: Drew Stevens.
    November 16, 2021

    The ACT UP Oral History Project's new site; Maggie Doherty on Elizabeth Hardwick

    The ACT UP Oral History Project has a new website, with nearly two-hundred video interviews with members of the AIDS activist group as well as an archive of material from The Latina/o Caucus of ACT UP New York. For more, check out Bookforum’s interview with the oral history’s co-founder Sarah Schulman and Moira Donegan’s review of Schulman’s book Let the Record Show A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993.

    Join us on Thursday for “No Wrong Answers: Authors in Conversation.” This free online event will feature Elias Rodriques and Robin D. G. Kelley in conversation.

    Rachel Monroe has

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