• Darcey Steinke
    June 09, 2019

    The Final Issue of 'Tin House'; Barnes and Noble Sold

    The New York Times pays homage to Tin House, the innovative literary journal run by Elissa Schappell and Rob Spillman that, after twenty years, will publish its final, 400-page issue this month.

    In an eloquent and rangy interview, the novelist Lynne Tillman, author most recently of Men and Apparitions, talks about how she finds the voice of her characters, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, photography, feminism, backlash, and much more.

    Barnes and Noble has been purchased by the hedge fund Elliott Advisors, which purchased the British bookseller Waterstones last year, for $638 million. Waterstones

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  • June 07, 2019

    Négar Djavadi wins Albertine Prize; Wayétu Moore on magical realism

    Négar Djavadi’s novel Disoriental has won the 2019 Albertine Prize. “By exploring the nuances between the intersection of eastern and western cultures in Disoriental, Négar Djavadi sheds light on one of the many facets of French culture” said cultural counselor of the French Embassy Benedicte de Montlaur. “Now in its third year, the prize received more votes than any other year, a testament to the growing appreciation and need for international literature in the United States.”

    “The anonymous Californian woman who was sexually assaulted by Stanford University student Brock Turner and whose

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  • Tayari Jones. Photo: Nina Subin
    June 06, 2019

    Tayari Jones wins Women's Prize; Kristen Arnett on writing about family

    Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage has won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. “The shortlist was so strong and I was honoured to be among them but I had no idea whether I would win,” Jones said in her acceptance. “I didn’t write a speech!”

    Mitchell S. Jackson talks to Edie Meidav about becoming a writer, secrets, and his new book, Survival Math.

    At Longreads, Tobias Carroll talks to Kristen Arnett about family, taxidermy, and her new book, Mostly Dead Things. “I like thinking about the ways that we hurt each other, and sometimes I think families do that the most,” she said. “The people

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  • Elif Batuman. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan
    June 05, 2019

    Lambda Literary Award winners announced; Sandi Tan working on "The Idiot" movie

    The winners of this year’s Lambda Literary Awards have been announced. Honorees include Trustee Award winner Alexander Chee and Visionary Award winner Masha Gessen.

    Filmmaker Sandi Tan is working on a screen adaptation of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot. “The book’s basically the intelligent, creative young woman’s Twilight,” she told The Cut’s Anna Silman. “It’s about this woman who is head smart and heart stupid — that’s why she’s the idiot. . . . And she’s being sucked into this vortex of obsession by this guy, and by the end of it she gets destroyed. But instead of turning into a vampire, she

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  • Namwali Serpell. Photo: Peg Korpinski
    June 04, 2019

    Lemn Sissay wins PEN Pinter prize; Namwali Serpell on her new novel

    This year’s PEN Pinter prize has been awarded to playwright and poet Lemn Sissay. “I met Harold Pinter when I was 36. We were on stage at the Royal Court,” Sissay said in the announcement. “I was too intimidated or self-conscious to speak to him. And so I will now. ‘Thank you.’” Sissay will receive the prize at a ceremony in October.

    In a Twitter thread, the BuzzFeed News Union says that the company is dragging its feet on recognizing the union. “BuzzFeed’s management is proposing a bargaining unit that unfairly disenfranchises many of our colleagues and weakens our union,” they write. “We

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  • Elif Shafak
    June 02, 2019

    A Marathon Reading of 'The Mueller Report'; Bob Morris Runs for Mayor

    Last weekend in Queens, the group Slightly Altered States put together a marathon, 24-hour reading of The Mueller Report. Filibustered and Unfiltered started on Saturday at 8pm in Long Island City and included more than 100 paricipants, including the performer Taylor Mac.

    Clay Smith is leaving his post as editor-in-chief of the Kirkus book review to work full-time on the San Antonio Book Festival. Tom Beer, who was formerly the books editor at Bloomberg News and is currently the books editor at Newsday, has been named the new editor-in-chief at Kirkus, and will start on June 17.


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  • May 31, 2019

    Hulu orders "Normal People" series; Nicole Dennis-Benn on representation in fiction

    Anna North is working on a Western. Outlawed, “a feminist Western following a young midwife through her initiation into the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West,” will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021.

    Hulu has ordered a series based on Sally Rooney’s Normal People. The twelve-episode series will be written by Rooney along with Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, and will be directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie MacDonald. Filming begins next week, and the series will air next year.

    Vox’s Dara Lind is joining ProPublica’s DC newsroom as an

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  • May 30, 2019

    Ibram X. Kendi on being antiracist; Moby cancels book tour

    At the New York Times, Ibram X. Kendi explains what it means to be antiracist and offers a reading list to assist with that workl. “To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books,” he writes. “Not books that reinforce old ideas about who we think we are, what we think America is, what we think racism is. Instead, we need to read books that are difficult or unorthodox, that don’t go down easily. Books that force us to confront our self-serving beliefs and make us aware

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  • Tony Horwitz
    May 29, 2019

    Journalist Tony Horwitz has died; A sneak peek at Michael Wolff's "Siege: Trump Under Fire"

    Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and book author who immersed himself deeply in his subjects (slaughterhouses, the sea travels of explorer Captain James Cook, the culture of Civil War reenactments), died yesterday in Washington, DC. In a review of Horwitz’s new book, Spying on the South, Tom Carson writes of Horwitz’s work: “Not many writers mix up geniality and astuteness as enjoyably as Tony Horwitz does. He’s got a rare knack for spotting topics whose eccentricity lets him juxtapose the baleful past and the cuckoo present in arresting, provocative, hugely entertaining ways.”

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  • Binyavanga Wainaina
    May 28, 2019

    Binyavanga Wainaina has died at age 48; Naomi Wolf gets fact-checked live on the BBC

    The Kenyan author and gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainaina has died. Wainaina is the author of Someday I Will Write about This Place, and made international news in 2014 when he responded to a wave of anti-gay laws in African countries by publicly outing himself in a short essay.

    On Thursday last week, Naomi Wolf went on BBC Radio to discuss her book Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love, which is due to be published on June 18. The book’s premise hinges on a nineteenth-century English legal term, “death recorded.” Wolf took the term to mean a “death sentence.” But

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  • May 23, 2019

    Ryan Chapman on dark places in fiction; Eve Ensler on James Baldwin

    The Guardian is launching an investigative series called “Toxic America,” Digiday reports. Through the series, which will “explore the public health implications of all the chemicals that have crept into American food, air and water,” the paper hopes to increase American readership and donations.

    Esquire editor in chief Jay Fielden is leaving the magazine.

    “I think that’s one of the great things about fiction and the first-person voice is that, unlike a film or a painting or music, people will go with you to incredibly transgressive and dark paces and laugh at things that would never laugh

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  • May 23, 2019

    ACLU challenging ban of Paul Butler's "Chokehold"; Hilary Mantel announces final Thomas Cromwell novel

    The American Civil Liberties Union and Paul Butler are challenging Arizona’s decision to ban Butler’s book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men from the state’s prison system. The group plans to file a lawsuit if the decision is not reversed. “There’s nothing about ‘Chokehold’ that threatens day-to-day safety of inmates or jailers,” Butler told the New York Times. “‘Chokehold’ is all about threatening the institution of prison. . . . I found the ban somewhat ironic . . . because it’s kind of supporting the thesis.”

    The final book of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy will be published next

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