• Lyz Lenz
    August 16, 2019

    Lyz Lenz on christianity and politics; 4th Estate Short Story Prize nominees announced

    The Maris Review talks to Lyz Lenz about christianity, politics, and her new book, God Land. “Christianity has become so twisted up in our concept of nationalism that what we practice has very little to do with actual theology and more to do with ideas of belonging, morality, and moral capital,” she said. “It helps you self-identify in your space, and that has absolutely nothing to do with theology. That has everything to do with the way we practice Americanism and internationalism, and it’s really toxic.”

    The Guardian has announced the nominees for the 4th Estate Short Story Prize. Authors

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  • Juliet Escoria
    August 15, 2019

    Taylor Lorenz joins the New York Times; Juliet Escoria on memoirs and lessons

    The Atlantic’s Taylor Lorenz is joining the New York Times Styles section. “Taylor Lorenz beat the Styles desk on three stories in one month. We had some options about how to handle that,” editor Choire Sicha said in a statement. “The easiest and most humane solution was . . . we hired her.”

    The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the recipients of $29 million in grants.

    “I do feel like a memoir implies that you learn something. I definitely did learn something by my experiences, but that wasn’t what I was interested in,” Juliet the Maniac author Juliet Escoria tells Brad Listi on

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  • Yoko Ogawa. Photo: Tadashi Okochi
    August 14, 2019

    Yoko Ogawa on motherhood and writing; Sarah Elaine Smith on being called "quirky"

    The New York Times talks to Yoko Ogawa about writing, motherhood, and her recently-translated book, The Memory Police. “Now that my son has grown, I feel like I was at my happiest when I was writing while raising my child,” she said. “Now that I can write as much as I want 24 hours a day, it’s not as if I produce any greater work now than I did in the past.”

    Netflix has bought the rights to Pyros, a series based on Thomas Pierce’s short story “Tardy Man,” which was published in the New Yorker last year.

    “I’m not a big fan of ‘quirky,’ Marilou Is Everywhere author Sarah Elaine Smith tells

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  • Ta-Nehisi Coates. Photo: Gregory Halpern
    August 13, 2019

    Ringer staff unionizes; Jesmyn Ward and Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation

    After analyzing the words of Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson, and others, the New York Times has concluded that “there is a striking degree of overlap between the words of right-wing media personalities and the language used by the Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso this month.”

    Staff of The Ringer have unionized with Writers’ Guild of America East.

    The Guardian has released the shortlist for their “Not the Booker” prize. Nominees include Ali Smith’s Spring, Lara Williams’s Supepr Club, and Robbie Arnott’s Flames.

    At Vanity Fair, Jesmyn Ward talks to Ta-Nehisi

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  • August 12, 2019

    The Story of the New Yorker's Toni Morrison cover; Proust's secret stories

    After the news of Toni Morrison’s death last week, the New Yorker decided to pay tribute to the author on the cover of its next issue. Under a tight deadline, art director Françoise Mouly reached out to artist Kara Walker created Quiet as It’s Kept, the cover illustration for the magazine’s August 19 issue, in less than twenty-four hours.

    Nine stories that Marcel Proust wrote in the 1890s but kept secret are going to be published by Éditions de Fallois in France in October. The author presumably kept the stories to himself because they touch on “themes of homosexuality,” according to The

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  • Bryan Washington
    August 09, 2019

    Bryan Washington on Houston; Molly Young joins New York magazine

    At The Guardian, Richard Lea talks to Bryan Washington about homophobia, Houston, and his story collection, Lot. “There is no singular experience – there’s no story I could have written that would have encapsulated what it meant or what it could mean to live in the city,” Washington says of his hometown. “And I don’t think there’s any author who’s going to do that, just because there’s such a multiplicity of experiences in this particular city.”

    Entertainment Weekly has the trailer for the film adaptation of James Frey’s fabricated memoir A Million Little Pieces.

    Molly Young is joining New

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  • Nicholas Jackson. Photo: Terence Patrick
    August 08, 2019

    Pacific Standard to shut down; Phoebe Waller-Bridge working on Fleabag book

    Model, dietitian, and Elon Musk’s mother Maye Musk is publishing a book. According to the press release, A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success will be “a fount of frank and practical advice on how the choices you make in every decade can pay off in surprising, exciting ways throughout your life.” The book will be published in December by Viking.

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge is working on a book based on her BBC show. Fleabag: Scriptures will include scripts from both seasons of the show, which will be followed by afterwords that detail her experience creating

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  • Jia Tolentino. Photo: Elena Mudd
    August 07, 2019

    Julia Angwin returns to The Markup; Jia Tolentino on internet life

    Atlantic staff writer and former ESPN correspondent Jemele Hill is working on a memoir. “I hope that by sharing some very personal experiences in this memoir—things I’ve never shared publicly before—people will have a better understanding of who I am,” Hill said in a press release. The still-untitled book will be published in 2021 by Henry Holt.

    Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are writing a book. The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience celebrates “the women who have inspired them throughout their lives” and their “histories that all too often get overlooked or are left

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  • Toni Morrison. Photo: John Mathew Smith
    August 06, 2019

    Toni Morrison dead at 88

    Toni Morrison died last night in Manhattan. She was 88. The author of eleven novels and a number of essay collections, Morrison was also the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and the first black woman to work as an editor at Random House.

    At The Millions, S. Kirk Walsh talks to Karen Olsson about Anne Carson, the struggles of novel-writing, and her new book, The Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown. “I loved reading and thinking about math after so many years away, and I loved not having to tend to all the narrative machinery of a novel,” she said of

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  • August 05, 2019

    A YA Retelling of Anna Karenina

    Jenny Lee’s Anna K, the anticipated YA retelling of Anna Karenina set in present-day Manhattan (with a hint of Gossip Girl), will be published in early 2020, and will become a TV series shortly after that. Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt

    Adam Mansbach has sold his book I Had a Brother Once, an “epic poem” about the suicide of the author’s brother, to One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Mansbach is the author of the novels Angry Black White Boy and The End of the Jews, but he is most famous for the mock children’s book Go the Fk to Sleep, which was released by Akashic in 2011

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  • Edward Snowden
    August 02, 2019

    Edward Snowden writing memoir; Alexandra Petri signs two-book deal with Norton

    Edward Snowden is writing a memoir. Permanent Record, which details how Snowden “helped create a system of mass surveillance the N.S.A. used to collect information on hundreds of millions of United States citizens and others, as well as the ‘crisis of conscience’ that led him to rebuke the system he helped create,” will be published by Metropolitan in September.

    Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri has signed a two-book deal with Norton. One will be “a humor collection exploring the dark absurdity of the Trump era,” and the other “a satirical history of the United States.”

    This year’s

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  • Juliet Escoria
    August 01, 2019

    Juliet Escoria on writing about mental illness; Evgenia Peretz working on series about Hollywood college-admissions scandal

    At The Nation, over three dozen writers have signed an open letter urging Congress “to take immediate steps to rectify the atrocious conditions for asylum seekers being detained today.”

    At The Millions, Jeff Jackson talks to Juliet Escoria about mental illness and why she chose an unconventional narrative structure for her new book, Juliet the Maniac. “In popular culture, a lot of times mental illness and/or addiction narratives are presented as: cause, effect, consequence, remedy. For me, this linear presentation was a lie,” she said. “You have a normal day, and then a completely warped one.

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