• Margo Jefferson. Photo: © Claire Holt
    March 30, 2022

    The winners of the 2022 Windham-Campbell Prizes; Jenn Chávez profiles Street Books, a free mobile library in Portland, Oregon

    Yale has announced the eight winners of its international Windham-Campbell Prizes, each of whom will receive $165,000 to support their writing. The awardees in fiction are Tsitsi Dangarembga and Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, in nonfiction Margo Jefferson and Emmanuel Iduma, in drama Winsome Pinnock and Sharon Bridgforth, and in poetry Wong May and Zaffar Kunial. 

    Oregon Public Broadcasing’s Jenn Chávez profiles Street Books, a mobile library run by a small team in Portland to provide books to people experiencing homelessness. Ben Hodgson, one of the library’s first regular patrons, has now co-authored

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  • Hanif Abdurraqib. Photo: Megan Leigh Barnard
    March 29, 2022

    Hanif Abdurraqib on his spring concert series; Jennifer Wilson profiles Duke University Press editor Ken Wissoker

    Hanif Abdurraqib talks with The Fader about the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s spring concert series, which he curated this year. The programming focuses on the oral tradition, “and I don’t just mean singing words out loud,” Abdurraqib said. “I mean folks who are using both sound and language to tell cohesive stories, be that in a very tactile sense, like Nikki Giovanni, or by stitching together narratives through a body of music, like Little Simz.”

    For the New Yorker, Jennifer Wilson profiles Duke University Press editor Ken Wissoker. Wilson writes, “Wissoker heads one of the few academic presses

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  • Claudia Rankine. Photo: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    March 28, 2022

    Claudia Rankine’s new play “Help” is showing at The Shed; Viking will publish a selection of John le Carré’s letters

    Citizen author Claudia Rankine’s play Help, which is “​​derived from Rankine’s deep inquiry and ongoing investigation into white dominance,” is in previews at The Shed in New York. 

    Viking has announced that it will publish a collection of letters by John le Carré, titled A Private Spy, on November 8. According to a report by the Associated Press, the book will include correspondence with “Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Laurie and Alec Guinness, the actor famed for playing le Carré’s fictional spy, George Smiley, in adaptations of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and other classic thrillers.” In a statement,

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  • Lynne Tillman. Photo: Craig Mod
    March 25, 2022

    Peninsula Press to publish Lynne Tillman’s novel of American girlhood; Vikrant Dadawala on Abdulrazak Gurnah

    For The Point, Vikrant Dadawala writes about Abdulrazak Gurnah, the 2021 Nobel Laureate in Literature, how the Anglo-American press reacted to his win, and why his work should be read. European colonialism in eastern Africa is a major theme of his writing, but Dadawala emphasizes that “European languages and maps do not mark the limits of Gurnah’s literary universe. What really haunts Gurnah’s prose is the centuries-long layered history of Arab and Indian presence on the Swahili coast.” 

    Lynne Tillman’s next novel will be published by Peninsula Press in October. According to the publisher,

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  • Gary Indiana. Photo: Hedi El Kholti/Seven Stories Press
    March 24, 2022

    Claire Messud on Gary Indiana’s collected essays; A. S. Hamrah considers this year’s Oscar-nominated films

    In the “New Books” column at Harper’s Magazine, Claire Messud writes about Gary Indiana’s essay collection, Fire Season: “It’s true that Indiana’s work can feel not wholly contemporary, insofar as it refuses ever to be nice. This, thank goodness, ensures its timelessness.”  

    Today is the first full day of programming at the AWP conference and bookfair, which is being hosted this year in Philadelphia. You can browse the panels on offer here.

    Fireflies Press has announced Dennis Lim’s new book, Tale of Cinema, on Hong Sangsoo's film of the same name. The title, the fourth in the publisher’s

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  • Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Photo: Sue Kwon
    March 23, 2022

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux announces a fellowship program; Charley Locke recommends keeping a commonplace book

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux has announced its inaugural FSG Writer’s Fellowship, which proposes to support one emerging writer with $15,000 and mentorship in a yearlong program. Applications will open in April, and will be judged by Sheila Heti, Katie Kitamura, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips. 

    Following an investigation by a group of six historians, a Dutch publisher is pulling its book The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation from stores. Written by Rosemary Sullivan, the book identifies a Jewish notary named Arnold van den Bergh as the likely person who revealed the Frank family’s

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  • Jacqueline Rose
    March 22, 2022

    John Waters on his debut novel; Jacqueline Rose on war

    In the New York Times Magazine, a conversation with John Waters, whose debut novel, Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance will be published in May. Waters explains how things have changed since he was younger: “We used political incorrectness as a weapon against our enemies, but we made fun of ourselves first. The trigger-warning crowd does not make fun.”

    The London Review of Books has published a collection of responses to the invasion of Ukraine. Among the twenty-eight writers represented are: Pankaj Mishra, writing about “global mimicry of the American way of war”; Jacqueline Rose discussing the

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  • Cheryl Strayed
    March 21, 2022

    Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild” turns ten; Jennifer Szalai on shame

    Rebecca Donner—whose biography of Mildred Harnack, an American woman who became a spy and a central figure in the resistance against Hitler, just won the National Book Critics Circle Award—has sold I Am Sophie Scholl to Random House. According to the publisher, the new book “tells the inspiring story of the legendary German resistance member who was executed for treason at just 21 years old, and her anti-Nazi group the White Rose.”

    Yesterday, Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild turned ten, and to celebrate, the author released a scene that was cut from the published version of the book. “As I scanned

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  • Jeremy Atherton Lin
    March 18, 2022

    The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award winners; Krithika Varagur on the birth of the American foreign correspondent

    The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced at an online ceremony last night. They are Clint Smith, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Melissa Febos, Anthony Veasna So, Diane Seuss, Rebecca Donner, and Jeremy Atherton Lin. As previously announced, novelist Percival Everett has been given the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Merve Emre has accepted the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and Cave Canem Foundation has recieved the Toni Morrison Achievement Award.  

    In a review of Deborah Cohen’s group biography Last Call at the Hotel Imperial for the New

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  • Sophie Pinkham
    March 17, 2022

    Sophie Pinkham on the Russian exodus; Patricia Lockwood on Kafka

    In the New York Times, Sophie Pinkham writes about the intellectuals and political dissidents leaving Russia. Pinkham compares this exodus to the emigration from the Soviet Union in the 1970s: “It has been less than a month and the situation is evolving fast, but new émigrés do not expect to be greeted as warmly as their Soviet predecessors once were by the West.” 

    Tonight, the National Book Critics Circle will hold its award ceremony and reading for its 2022 prizes. The event starts at 5:30pm with a reading by award finalists hosted by Ophira Eisenberg. 

    At Jstor Daily, Olivia Box looks at

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  • Torrey Peters. Photo: Natasha Gornik
    March 16, 2022

    The finalists for the 2022 Lammy Awards; Contemporaries at Post45’s new cluster of essays on dark academia

    For the Washington Post Magazine, Jacob Brogan reports on the decline of academia from this year’s sparsely attended Modern Language Association convention: “Surveying the state of the field, one might be wiser to find something, anything else to do—yet intelligent, well-informed people still enroll in graduate programs every year, sometimes even tromping off to conferences amid a pandemic.”

    Lambda Literary has announced the finalists of its 2022 Lammy Awards in LGBTQ literature. The honorees include Lauren Groff for Matrix, Brontez Purnell for 100 Boyfriends, Tiphanie Yanique for Monster in

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  • Rachel Kushner. Photo: Lucy Raven.
    March 15, 2022

    Rachel Kushner on Sartre and skiing; Marina Ovsyannikova’s on-air protest of the Ukraine invasion

    Marina Ovsyannikova, a Russian journalist at a state-run network, faces charges for interrupting a news broadcast with an anti-war sign. In a video posted before the protest, Ovsyannikova said she regretted her role as an editor at Channel One: “I’m ashamed I told lies from the television. Ashamed that I let them zombify the Russian people,” before closing with defiant words, “It is in our power to stop this lunacy. Go to protests, don’t be scared, they can’t detain us all.” 

    Rachel Kushner is now writing the “Easy Chair” column for Harper’s Magazine. Kushner will alternate with Hari Kunzru

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