• May 22, 2019

    Jokha Alharthi wins Man Booker International Prize; Susan Rice to publish memoir

    Former National Security Advisor and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is writing a memoir. Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, which covers everything from Rice’s childhood to “national security challenges,” will be published by Simon & Schuster in October.

    The 2019 Man Booker International Prize has been awarded to Jokha Alharthi’s novel Celestial Bodies, which was translated by Marilyn Booth.

    Literary Hub’s Emily Temple rounds up writing advice from Nora Ephron.

    In an excerpt from her new book The Dark Fantastic, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas reflects on reading fantasy and speculative

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  • Raymond Antrobus. Photo: Adam Docker
    May 21, 2019

    Raymond Antrobus wins Rathbones Folio Prize; Lisa Lucas on Robert Caro

    Raymond Antrobus has won the Rathbones Folio Prize for his poetry collection, The Perseverance. Antrobus is the first poet to win the prize.

    Digiday looks at the sale of Salon Media Group to Proper Media owners Chris Richmond and Drew Schoentrup. The pair “see an easy path toward profits” that doesn’t require cutting editorial staff.

    Now that HBO’s Game of Thrones has ended, Literary Hub and The Guardian both offer lists of fantasy series “to fill the dragon-shaped hole in your life.”

    On Will Schwalbe’s But That’s Another Story podcast, Lisa Lucas discusses Robert Caro, Robert Moses, and

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  • May 20, 2019

    Jeanette Winterson’s Modern-Day "Frankenstein"; Herman Wouk (1915–2019)

    Herman Wouk, the author of numerous bestsellers, including the World War II epic War and Remembrance, has died at the age fo 103. Jeanette Winterson talks about Frankissstein, which revisits the industrial revolution of Mary Shelley classic’s classic and pulls us back into the present of “artificial intelligence, sexbots, and cryogenics.” The technology of the future “could be lovely,” Winterson says. “But it’s not going to be, because we are human so we will fuck it up!”

    At LitHub, Alexis Gunderson writes about a “new generation of villainous women” in fiction. “Just as #MeToo and Time’s Up

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  • Weike Wang. Photo: Saavedra Photography
    May 17, 2019

    O. Henry Prize winners announced; Dani Shapiro on writing through trauma

    At Literary Hub, Michele Filgate talks to Inheritance author Dani Shapiro about structure, trauma, and memoir writing. “I don’t think you can write prose from the place of trauma. I think poets can do that, I think that’s what poets do,” she said. “If you think about any moment in your life that has been traumatic, for any of us, what do we do, we tell the story again and again and we tell it the same way because we are trying to digest it, we are trying to make sense of it, we are trying to get ahold of it. And I recognize that, but it doesn’t make good literature.”

    The winners of the 100th

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  • Jessica Valenti
    May 16, 2019

    Michael Wolff announces new book about Trump administration; Guy Gavriel Kay on his allergy to writing advice

    Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff is writing a new book about the Trump administration. Siege: Trump Under Fire will be published by Henry Holt on June 4 and focuses “on tensions amid the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and the Trump presidential campaign.”

    Salon Media Group is hoping to sell the website for $5 million, the New York Post reports. However, the company noted that “there can be no guarantee that the asset sale will be completed and, if not completed, we may have to file for bankruptcy and liquidation.” 

    Nieman Lab’s

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  • Tayari Jones. Photo: Nina Subin.
    May 15, 2019

    Tayari Jones's "Silver Sparrow" optioned by Issa Rae; Taffy Brodesser-Akner on "The Rules"

    George RR Martin denied rumors that “he has secretly finished the final two books” of his series. After Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney told an EPIC Con audience that the sixth and seventh books had already been written, Martin responded, “Why would I sit for years on completed novels? . . . They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice & Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense.”

    An American Marriage author Tayari Jones’s 2011 novel, Silver Sparrow, has been optioned by Issa Rae.

    In honor of the forty-fifth anniversary of Graywolf Press, Literary Hub’s

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  • Chelsea Manning. Photo: Tim Travers Hawkins
    May 14, 2019

    Chelsea Manning signs book deal; Joanna Scutts on rediscovering forgotten women writers

    Chelsea Manning has signed a book deal with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The New York Times talks to Manning about the memoir, which will be published in early 2020. “It’s a personal narrative of what was going on in my life surrounding that time and what led to the leaks, what led to prison, and how this whole ordeal has really shaped me and changed me,” she said. “This is more about trying to contextualize my story from my perspective rather than get into the weeds of what is in the record of trial, what is in the documents, what the investigation focused on, because we’re just not able to get

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  • Eileen Myles
    May 13, 2019

    Eileen Myles in the "Paris Review"; Richard Powers on "The Overstory"

    The Paris Review interviews Eileen Myles: “If I had been a good student and an achiever, I might have been excited by a more systematic approach to writing than what I do. People loved to throw around the word rigorous in the eighties. I’d go bleh. When I started to pull something out of the pool of incoherence, it was exciting in itself.”

    At The Guardian, Richard Powers talks about how he researched his book The Overstory, which was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize. “I read more than 120 single-volume books about trees, but unlike many of the other topics I’ve written about in the past, I was

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  • Diana Evans
    May 10, 2019

    Facebook on why it shouldn't be broken up; novelist Diana Evans's book picks

    Yesterday in an op-ed, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes called for the social-media behemoth to be broken up. Now, the company has responded, resisting the idea by saying that the real solution is “the painstaking introduction of new rules for the internet.” Nick Clegg, a Facebook vice president, told the Verge: “Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability. But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company.”

    The New York Times reports that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, had been opposed to the release of two

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  • Chris Hughes
    May 09, 2019

    Chris Hughes on why Facebook should be broken up; Health-care reporter Robert Pear has died

    In a New York Times op-ed, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes writes that it is time to break up the social media giant, calling for government regulation of the site, and for Mark Zuckerberg to be held accountable: “I'm disappointed in myself and the early Facebook team for not thinking more about how the News Feed algorithm could change our culture, influence elections and empower nationalist leaders. And I'm worried that Mark has surrounded himself with a team that reinforces his beliefs instead of challenging them." The Times has also created a video version of Hughes’s essay on their op-ed

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  • Rachel Louise Snyder
    May 08, 2019

    Rachel Louise Snyder's urgent new book on the myths of domestic violence; Will journalists learn from their past mistakes?

    At the Columbia Journalism review, Todd Gitlin wonders if the news media has learned the right lessons from their mistakes covering the 2016 presidential race: “Learning trivial lessons will not do for 2020. The dishonor and depredations of the Trump presidency expose every single one of the institutions that enabled his rise from tabloid celebrity to apprentice celebrity to full-blown commander of recklessness and untruth.”

    Poynter has an ambitious new four-part series about Southern newspapers in the era between the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. Some of these publications are now

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  • Michael Ondaatje
    May 07, 2019

    Reuters reporters freed; Michael Ondaatje on his new novel

    Two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been freed from prison in Myanmar after being held for more than five-hundred days. The journalists were accused of breaking the Official Secrets Act. Originally sentenced to seven years behind bars, the pair were granted amnesty by president Win Myint.

    Recode’s Peter Kafka reports that Amazon is considering paying online publishers that use affiliate links, like BuzzFeed and the New York Times’s Wirecutter.

    G/O Media, formerly Gizmodo Media, has hired Paul Maidment as editor in chief.

    “Why is a country that successfully fought a Revolutionary

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