• Pamela Sneed. Photo: Patricia Silva
    June 02, 2021

    This year’s Lambda Award winners; Joanne O’Leary on Emily Dickinson’s posthumous editor Mabel Loomis Todd

    The winners of the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards were announced last night. Among the awardees are Jenn Shapland in the Lesbian Memoir/Biography catagory for My Autobiography of Carson McCullors, Pamela Sneed in Lesbian Poetry for Funeral Diva, and Zeyn Joukhadar in Transgender Fiction for The Thirty Names of Night. In addition, special honors were given to Sarah Gerard, Brontez Purnell, T Kira Madden, and others.

    At the London Review of Books, Joanne O’Leary writes about Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham. Mabel Loomis Todd had an affair with Emily Dickinson’s brother

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  • June 01, 2021

    Come (virtually) celebrate our new issue tonight at 7pm!

    Join us tonight at 7pm EDT to celebrate the release of our new issue. For “Truth or Dare: On Authenticity, Risk, and the Future of Fiction,” Lauren Oyler, Ed Park, Omari Weekes, and Jo Livingstone will discuss risks writers should take now, books that demonstrate innovative approaches to authenticity, comedy, irony, sincerity, and more. The event is free; please RSVP here.

    At LitHub, Rachel Kushner talks to Franciso Goldman about his new novel, Monkey Boy.

    For the New Yorker, Victor Luckerson writes about Mary E. Jones Parrish and Eddie Faye Gates, two Black women authors who told the story

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  • Kevin Young. Photo: Melanie Dunea
    May 28, 2021

    Kevin Young on silence and poetry; The “New York Times” is looking to acquire The Athletic

    New York Times critic Jennifer Szalai reviews Scott Ellsworth’s The Ground Breaking, a new history of the Tulsa Massacre. The massacre took place in 1921, when white mobs killed the Black inhabitants of an entire block in the city’s Greenwood district and demolished their homes. Ellsworth details how the story has been covered up and suppressed; “Where the history of the massacre wasn’t obscured, [Ellsworth] found it distorted, deformed by conspiracy theories or attempts to both-sides it,” Szalai writes.

    Poet and director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and

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  • Rosa Brooks
    May 27, 2021

    Remembering Eric Carle; Rosa Brooks on being a volunteer cop

    Eric Carle, the picture-book author with more than seventy titles to his name, has died at the age of ninety-one. According to the New York Times, Carle sold more than 170 million copies of his books. In a 1995 interview, he talked about how he turns small ideas into full-fledged works: “You think about it, you forget about it, you obsess about it. I get depressed a lot, and that seems to precipitate things. My wife sees my mood darken and says, ‘Uh-oh, you’re ready to do a book.’” In the same article, Carle observes how he has stayed true to his childhood self: “I had a lot of feelings,

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  • Roxane Gay
    May 26, 2021

    Roxane Gay is starting an imprint with Grove Atlantic; The 2021 n+1 Writers Awards Ceremony

    Roxane Gay is starting an imprint with Grove Atlantic. Roxane Gay Books will publish three books per year, focusing on underrepresented voices. Gay told the Times that she will be accepting submissions this summer from writers with or without agents: “There are so many barriers and so many gates. Let’s take them down.” Grove is also starting a paid one-year fellowship program, a “crash course” in publishing open to applicants outside traditional publishing circles.

    Faculty leaders from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are urging their board of trustees to vote on Nikole

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  • Zakiya Dalila Harris. Photo: © Nicole Mondestin Photography.
    May 25, 2021

    Zakiya Dalila Harris on her new book; Jessi Jezewska Stevens on self-help and Sally Rooney

    The New York Times profiles Zakiya Dalila Harris, the author of The Other Black Girl, based in part on Harris’s experiences working in publishing. The book, which is also being developed as a TV series for Hulu, started a bidding war with fourteen publishers vying for the title. Harris says she was inspired by Jordan Peele’s Get Out: “Talking about white liberals in this way seemed so new to me at the time, and I really wanted to do something similar with the book.”

    This fall, Haymarket Books will publish a third edition of Black Liberation activist and scholar Angela Davis’s An Autobiography

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  • Kerry Howley
    May 24, 2021

    Kerry Howley joins “New York” magazine; Barrett Swanson in conversation with Claire Vaye Watkins

    Kerry Howley—author of Thrown, about the time she spent among mixed martial artists—is joining New York magazine as a features writer. New York has also hired Justin Miller as its new news director and Ryu Spaeth (currently at the New Republic) as a deputy editor.

    Khadija Abdalla Bajaber’s The House of Rust, which won the first Graywolf Africa Prize, is scheduled for publication in October.

    Doubleday has signed a two-book deal with Stacey Abrams. Both of the forthcoming books are political thrillers featuring the character Avery Keene, the hero of Abrams’s best-seller While Justice Sleeps (

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  • Rumaan Alam
    May 21, 2021

    Rumaan Alam reads Jean Stafford’s first novel; Larissa Pham on defensive criticism

    For The Nation, Chalay Chalermkraivuth interviews Pop Song author Larissa Pham about desire, survivorship, and the importance of vulnerability to her writing. Pham sees the rise in defensive posturing in criticism and on social media—“a relatively recent phenomenon”—as a sign that stakes are missing from the argument. “Stakes are what make you care about something. They are what allow you to know what people value. So showing my stakes is what I can do to push back against that.”

    Jewish Currents assistant editor Joshua Leifer is writing a book on “the state of American Jewish identity as the

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  • Valeria Luiselli. Photo: Diego Berruecos
    May 20, 2021

    Valeria Luiselli has won the Dublin Literary Award; Rachel Kushner's Palestine diary

    Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive has won the Dublin Literary Award. The winner is selected from a group of books nominated by libraries around the world. Luiselli’s novel was chosen by a library in Barcelona, and the author said of the institution, “I’m going to kiss its rocks one day, because I probably won’t be able to kiss its librarians because of Covid.”

    Samir Mansour Bookshop, a bookstore and library in Gaza, was bombed in an Israeli airstrike on Tuesday.

    n+1 has posted a 2016 diary by Rachel Kushner that she wrote during a research trip to the Shuafat Refugee Camp in East

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  • Raven Leilani. Photo: Nina Subin
    May 19, 2021

    Alex Chasteen looks at dissociation in “Luster” and “Detransition, Baby”; Skylight Books staff have unionized

    For the Oxford Review of Books, Alex Chasteen pairs Raven Leilani’s Luster and Torrey Peters’s Detransition, Baby in a review discussing how, taken together, these novels suggest “a sort of unified theory of dissociation, linking together social marginalisation (as understood through transness, Blackness) with sex and violence as ways of coming into or leaving a body you’ve been alienated from.”

    Viking will publish a final novel by the late spy novelist John le Carré: Silverview will be released in October. “This is the authentic le Carré, telling one more story,” said the writer’s youngest

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  • Stephen Dixon
    May 18, 2021

    Remembering Stephen Dixon; Elizabeth Hinton’s history of police violence

    At LitHub, an essay on the late writer Stephen Dixon, who died in 2019. Courtney Zoffness remembers Dixon as a teacher at Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, a caring, authentic presence who students could hear banging away on a manual typewriter. Writing about Dixon’s work—he was extremely prolific, with nearly seven-hundred short stories and thirty-five books—Zoffness observes, “Steve has a distinct, frenetic, unsentimental writing style, one attuned to the humdrum of daily life. His characters are profoundly humane.” The new issue of McSweeney’s has more on Dixon, including four

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  • Still from "The Underground Railroad," © Amazon Studios. Photo: Kyle Kaplan.
    May 17, 2021

    Blair McClendon on Barry Jenkins’s “The Underground Railroad” adaptation; Philip Roth bio finds new publisher

    Molly Jong-Fast—an editor at large at the Daily Beast and cohost of The New Abnormal podcast—has sold her book The Last Good Day to Simon & Schuster for a reported six figures. According to the publisher, the book examines how trends in the 1990s set the stage for the political clashes and inequality of the present, illustrates “how technological innovation outpaced our ability to regulate it,” and “how government policies fanned the flames of war and cultural division no one could yet fathom.”

    Jhumpa Lahiri and Princeton classics professor Yelena Baraz are working on a new translation of

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