• Gillian Flynn
    January 30, 2019

    Gillian Flynn working on new Amazon series; Bart van Es wins Costa book of the year

    Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is working on a streaming series for Amazon, Vulture reports. An adaptation of a British series, Utopia tells the story of a group of people who “end up in the crosshairs of an ominous deep-state organization,” Vulture’s Jordan Crucchiola explains. “As you might expect, it will be up to them to save the world.”

    Bart van Es’s The Cut Out Girl has won the 2018 Costa book of the year award. 

    Dani Shapiro talks to The Millions about journalism, writing through trauma, and her new book, Inheritance.

    At The Baffler, Becca Rothfeld reflects on Henry James, Elizabeth

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  • Kiese Laymon
    January 29, 2019

    Kiese Laymon wins Carnegie Medal for nonfiction; Angie Thomas on rejection

    The Guardian talks toThe Hate U Give author Angie Thomas about diversity in YA literature, rejection, and her new book, On the Come Up. “Rejection is always hard . . . but what helped me was the community of unpublished authors out there on the internet, so you can connect and you can weep and mourn together. And I always had to remind myself that it only takes one yes to change everything,” she said. “I know writers who had 500 rejections, and more than that – but you just have to keep going and hope that you do get that one yes.”

    The winners of the 2019 Carnegie Medals have been announced.

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  • January 28, 2019

    Spiegel & Grau closes

    In an essay that reflects on the recent rediscovery and celebration of works by Lucia Berlin, Kathleen Collins, and Eve Babitz, Parul Sehgal writes about the critic’s responsibility when writing about works of literature by women that have been lost. “It’s not enough to give thanks that these writers have been restored to us; we need to ask why they vanished in the first place.”

    Penguin Random House is shutting down its imprint Spiegel & Grau. The news has come as a surprise to many in the industry, in part because Spiegel & Grau has published a number of groundbreaking books since it started

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  • Nafissa Thompson-Spires
    January 25, 2019

    PEN America Literary Award finalists announced; Elizabeth McCracken on avoiding her literary heroes

    The 2019 PEN America Literary Award finalists have been announced. Nominees include Helen DeWitt’s Some Trick, Ling Ma’s Severance, Nafissa Thompson-Spires’s Heads of the Colored People, and Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, among many others. Winners will be announced in February.

    Jim Acosta, the chief White House correspondent for CNN, is writing a book about Trump and his administration’s hostility toward the media. The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America will tell "never-before-revealed stories of this White House's rejection of truth,

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  • John Ashbery
    January 24, 2019

    Harvard acquires John Ashbery's personal library; New Gawker writers leave website

    Harvard’s Houghton Library has acquired John Ashbery’s personal library of over 5,000 books. Curator Christina Davis called the collection, which includes everything from religious history to cookbooks, “a vital artery in his writing life” that “served as a kind of early and intimate internet, from which he drew ideas and felicitous bits of data on a regular basis.”

    Following the success of Wired, the New Yorker, and Vanity Fair’s respective paywalls, Condé Nast is planning to add metered paywalls to all its publications by the end of 2019, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Bill Clinton is

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  • Rachel Kushner
    January 23, 2019

    National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists announced; Roz Chast's memoir adapted for TV

    The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2018 awards. Nominees include Tara Westover’s Educated, Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room, Zadie Smith’s Feel Free, and more. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in March.

    New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is being adapted for television.

    At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hayley Phelan |https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/shirley-jackson-trump-and-the-evil-of-complacency/#!|reflects| on “Shirley Jackson, Trump, and the evil of complacency.”

    Former Radar editor Maer

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  • Chigozie Obioma. Photo: Zach Mueller
    January 22, 2019

    Chigozie Obioma on fate and tragedy; Annie Proulx's climate change reading list

    Emma Brockes |https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/18/chigozie-obioma-why-do-my-stories-end-this-way-honestly-i-want-to-write-a-feelgood-story-|talks to| Chigozie Obioma about migration, fate, and his new book, An Orchestra of Minorities. Obioma’s novel was partly inspired by the death of his friend, Jay. A fellow Nigerian immigrant and classmate of Obioma’s in Cyprus,“Jay had been duped by the middle men both into thinking the university . . . would be a springboard into Europe.” But after realizing that he had been lied to about career prospects and access to Europe, Jay was found dead

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  • Keith Gessen
    January 21, 2019

    Jill Abramson on How Journalism Can Survive

    Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times and the author of the new book Merchants of Truth, talks with Isaac Chotiner about moral change in the media, and about how journalism (especially local journalism) will survive after the “Trump bump.”

    Book deals this week: Random House paid six figures for the rights to paleobiologist Thomas Halliday’s Yesterday’s Worlds, which uses the latest science to examine “deep time and revive extinct worlds—from the most recent ice age at the end of the Pleistocene period to the emergence of early multicellular creatures over 550 million

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  • Esmé Weijun Wang. Photo: Kristin Cofer
    January 18, 2019

    Esmé Weijun Wang on reader expectations for nonfiction; Remembering Mary Oliver

    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver has died at age eighty-three. The New York Times has collected selections of her work that details Oliver’s “reverence for the natural world and her frank, but comforting, descriptions of mourning.”

    The Forward is ending print editions of its newspaper and plans to lay off nearly half the paper’s editorial staff, the New York Post reports. The publication will continue to publish online in both English and Yiddish.

    Esmé Weijun Wang talks to Publishers Weekly about writing about illness, her new essay collection, and the different expectations that

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  • Carmen Maria Machado. Photo: Tom Storm
    January 17, 2019

    Atria Books launches new imprint; Carmen Maria Machado on writing her memoir

    Atria Books is launching a new imprint. Signal Press, which will be led by Julia Cheiffetz, will focus on “books that contribute to the conversation around feminism, politics, and issues of social justice.” Upcoming titles include Emma Brown’s How to Raise a Boy, Michelle Duster’s Ida B the Queen, and Tom Randall’s biography of Elon Musk.

    “In the spirit of Gawker, whose stated mission was to tell the stories journalists talk about at the bar after work,” Splinter’s Laura Wagner details everything there is to know “about all the people who have been hired at the new Gawker.”

    Slate’s editorial

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  • Adam Moss. Photo: Mark Mann
    January 16, 2019

    Adam Moss leaving "New York" magazine

    After fifteen years, Adam Moss is stepping down from his role as editor in chief of New York magazine, the New York Times reports. “I’ve been going full throttle for 40 years; I want to see what my life is like with less ambition,” Moss told the paper. “I’m older than the staff. I’m older than the readers. I just want to do something new.” Moss will remain at the magazine through March.

    CBS News and Simon & Schuster are collaborating on a podcast and book project hosted by Mo Rocca. Mobituaries, the title of both works, is “an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and

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  • Leslie Jamison
    January 15, 2019

    Leslie Jamison on longing; Hannah Sullivan wins T. S. Eliot Prize

    In an exclusive essay at Entertainment Weekly, Leslie Jamison details the origins of her new book on obsession and longing, Make It Scream, Make It Burn. “At first, I thought this collection was about the connection between desire and distance, about being obsessed with what we can’t fully grasp: the mystery of prior lives, the metaphor of a lonely whale, the allure of an online avatar,” she writes. “But eventually, I realized that it was just as interested in what’s right in front of us. How do we keep showing up for our daily lives? How do we keep reinventing them?”

    This year’s T. S. Eliot

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