• Toni Morrison. Photo: John Mathew Smith
    November 13, 2019

    Public memorial for Toni Morrison announced; Zadie Smith working on debut play

    Tomorrow night at the New York Institute for the Humanities, Hanif Abdurraqib will present the institute’s fourth annual humanities lecture, “The Intersections of Mundane Pleasures.” In his talk, Abdurraqip “will explore how our living in and throughout the world is also an act of writing, focusing on curiosity, rigid ideas around genre, and the way living can influence and foster curiosity.” The event is free and open to the public; RSVP here.

    A public memorial will be held for Toni Morrison in New York later this month. The event will take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on

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  • Jaquira Díaz. Photo: Maria Esquinca
    November 12, 2019

    Dublin Literary Award longlist announced; Jaquira Díaz on her new book

    Ordinary Girls author Jaquira Díaz talks to Literary Hub about villains, music, and how she motivates herself to write. “I think of all the straight cis white men I was forced to read in school. I think of all the queer AfroLatinxs who never saw themselves in books,” she said. “I think of all the books I needed growing up.”

    The longlist for the Dublin Literary Award has been announced. More than 150 books are in the running for the €100,000 prize.

    Editorial and digital employees across two dozen Hearst magazines are unionizing, the Daily Beast reports.

    At the New York Times, former Deadspin

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  • Stepen Dixon
    November 11, 2019

    Stephen Dixon, 1936–2019

    Associated Press sources say that former Trump adviser John Bolton has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster, for a reported $2 million. According to the New York Times, Bolton is represented by the Javelin literary agency, whose other clients include former FBI Director James Comey and the anonymous Trump administration official, whose much-anticipated A Warning will be released on November 19. Bolton’s book will, according to his publisher, be released before the 2020 elections.

    Novelist Stephen Dixon has died. He was eighty-three years old. The Times obituary calls him “experimental,”

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  • Carmen Maria Machado. Photo: Art Streiber / AUGUST
    November 08, 2019

    Carmen Maria Machado on creating a new canon; Alex Pareene on the decline of "rude media"

    Hope Reese talks to Carmen Maria Machado about domestic violence in queer relationships, using fiction in memoir, and her new book, In the Dream House. “As a writer, both books that I have written are books that I wanted that didn’t exist, so I decided to fill that space myself,” she said. “I want 50 more books like this. I want people to write a book and say, ‘In the Dream House was insufficient, and I’m going to rewrite it in my own way.’ I want mine to be a tiny piece of a canon; I want people to feel free to tell their own stories.”

    Oprah has chosen Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again as her

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  • Édouard Louis. Photo: Arnaud Delrue
    November 07, 2019

    Édouard Louis on the power of theater; James Andrew Miller working on book about HBO

    For The Week, Phillip Maciak reflects on the death of “the good internet” and what the loss of websites like Gawker, Deadspin, and Grantland, among others, means for writing and journalism. “What these sites represented, what they tried to mainstream — or at least fund — is done,” he writes. “Experiment after experiment has failed, not because these writers couldn't produce extraordinary writing, but because the people in a position to value it consistently failed to know how to value it, and because those same people often failed to see those writers — who used to write for free! — as deserving

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  • Lindy West. Photo: Jenny Jimenez
    November 06, 2019

    Tori Amos writing memoir; Lindy West on preaching to the choir

    Tori Amos is writing a memoir, Entertainment Weekly reports. Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage employs “her most personal and powerful songs, using her writing process and her lyrics, to demonstrate how readers can try to steer the world back in the right direction.” The memoir will be published next May by Atria Books.

    “I don’t feel any kind of qualms about preaching to the choir,” Lindy West tells Longreads about her new book, The Witches Are Coming. “I get accused of that a lot and I’m like, great, the choir is who shows up every week. And we have a lot of shit

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  • Andrea Long Chu
    November 05, 2019

    Andrea Long Chu on takedowns; Hadada prize to be awarded to Richard Ford

    The Paris Review's Hadada prize will be awarded to novelist Richard Ford. The prize will be presented by Bruce Springsteen at the magazine’s annual Spring Revel.

    Jean-Paul Dubois has won the Goncourt Prize for his novel All Men Do Not Live in the Same Way.

    BuzzFeed News editor Karolina Waclawiak has sold a novel. Life Events, which follows “a woman entering middle age having failed at the life she felt obligated to pursue,” will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux next spring.

    “As someone known a bit for writing scathing negative reviews of things, I think I would be impressed if

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  • Dorothea Lasky. Photo: Eileen Myles
    November 04, 2019

    Dorothea Lasky reads new work; Edwin Frank reflects on the NYRB Classics series

    Tonight, poets Dorothea Lasky and Timothy Donnelly read from their latest books, Animal and The Problem of Many, at Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore.

    Edwin Frank reflects on the superb NYRB Classics series, for which he is the editorial director, on its twentieth anniversary. “I’m extremely suspicious of the notion [of relevance],” Frank says. “It seems to me simply to feed people back to themselves. The best art is often powerfully irrelevant. I prefer the idea of currency, which is not quite the same as relevance. A book that has currency puts our present concerns in a different but distinct

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  • Crystal Hana Kim. Photo: Nina Subin
    November 01, 2019

    Mary Ruefle chosen as Vermont's poet laureate; Crystal Hana Kim on translation

    At Guernica, Crystal Hana Kim reflects on translating her grandmother’s poetry from Korean into English and how the work changed her relationship with her family. “The more I tried to translate the poems, the more intimidated I became. I wanted to be exact and precise, but inherent in translation is interpretation, the translator’s own agency,” she writes. “There will always be much lost in the gaps, where one tongue does not transfer cleanly to another, but that loss can be valuable; it can help us work harder to understand one another.”

    Mary Ruefle has been named poet laureate of Vermont.

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  • Alexander Chee. Photo: M. Sharkey
    October 31, 2019

    NBC News digital employees unionize; Alexander Chee on writing the "other"

    Editorial employees of NBC News’s digital department are forming a union, the New York Times reports. The decision to unionize comes as Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill has highlighted the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and assault allegations. “Forming a union will afford us a collective voice in decisions that will benefit the entire company, providing much-needed transparency and ensuring a safer workplace,” the organizers said in a statement.

    After Deadspin writers and editors spoke out against auto-play, sound-on ads running on their website, Farmers Insurance has cancelled a $

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  • Valeria Luiselli. Photo: Diego Berruecos/Gatopardo
    October 30, 2019

    Deadspin staff told to focus on sports; The best essay collections of the 2010s

    G/O Media has ordered Deadspin writers and editors to not write about any subject besides sports, the Daily Beast’s Maxwell Tani reports. Deputy editor Barry Petchesky was fired “for refusing to hew to the edict.” The company has also removed a post by Deadspin staff complaining about new auto-play, sound-on ads featured on the website. Writer Kelsey McKinney has posted a screenshot of the article to Twitter. “This isn’t what any of us signed up for,” one employee said of the new ads. “It’s amateurish and pushing longtime readers away and making the sites difficult to enjoy.”

    John Heilemann

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  • Andrea Long Chu
    October 29, 2019

    Elena Ferrante's next novel gets US publication date; Andrea Long Chu on desire

    Elena Ferrante’s new novel, which will be released in Italy this November, has a US publication date. Europa Editions will publish The Lying Life of Adults in June 2020.

    The letters, manuscripts, and other papers of Abbie Hoffman have been bought by the University of Texas at Austin. The collection, which includes cards from John Lennon and Yoko Ono and FBI surveillance reports, among other items, will be kept at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

    At Literary Hub, Eric Newman talks to Andrea Long Chu about desire, political writing, and her new book, Females. “One of the things

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