Writing News Roundup
August 31, 2021
We are thrilled to bring you the latest in literary events and writings that have caught our attention. These events encompass a range of free and ticketed registration and are not affiliated with AWP. All times are in ET.
- Printers Row LitFest kicks off next weekend! Support independent publishers and explore demos, panels, workshops, and more on September 11 and 12 in Chicago.*
- Looking for a new book club? Join Simon & Schuster’s Book Club Discussion for Yours Cheerfully with author AJ Pearce (August 31, 12 noon) or the Speculative Book Club in discussing Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (September 7, 8:30 p.m.).
- Celebrate the paperback release of The Talented Miss Farwell with author Emily Gray Tedrowe on September 1 at 8:30 p.m. Rebecca Makkai joins the author for a virtual conversation hosted by Unabridged Bookstore.
- Janna Marlies Maron leads workshop “Finish Your Nonfiction Book: 3 Shifts Women Need to Make” this Thursday, September 2, at 3 p.m.
- Magers & Quinn launches their fall events with an author signing at their Minneapolis location (August 31, 7 p.m.).*
- A Cappella Books celebrates the release of Christopher Swann’s latest thriller, A Fire in the Night. Swann will appear in conversation with Joshilyn Jackson, author of Mother May I and the New York Times bestseller Never Have I Ever, on September 8 at 7 p.m.*
- This week on Lit Hub, Niall Williams and Christine Breen grapple with the climate crisis, human disconnection from land, and the hope we have left in "The Gathering Storm of Climate Change: On the Sickening Loss of the Land and the Optimism of the Youth Movement."
- In honor of International Literacy Day (September 8), check out Tracy Swinton Bailey’s talk, “A True Story of Hope in the Fight for Child Literacy,” (September 9, 9 p.m.) at the Town Hall Seattle Digital Stage, hosted by Third Place Books.*
- Books Are Magic will be hosting several exciting author conversations, including Hilma Wolitzer, Elizabeth Strout: Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket (September 1, 7 p.m.), George M. Johnson: We Are Not Broken* (September 7, 7 p.m.), Stephen Graham Jones: My Heart Is a Chainsaw with Grady Hendrix (September 8, 7 p.m.), and Lauren Groff: Matrix, with Jia Tolentino (September 10, 7 p.m.).
- How do writers and scholars contemplate Islamophobia twenty years after 9/11? Join Deepa Kumar in conversation with Noura Erakat, Naomi Klein, Jasbir Puar, and Keenaga-Yamahtta Taylor on September 10, 5 p.m., sponsored by Haymarket Books.
- Find acclaimed author Philip B. Williams in conversation about his newly released collection, Mutiny, with Danez Smith on September 11, 7:30 p.m.
- Poetry Magazine has released their fall virtual lineup and announced a new art installation in tribute to Chicago poet Patricia Smith. You can find readings, workshops, festivals, and more on their website!
- Marisa Crawford explores the inequalities of personal writing critique in “The Feminist Confessional Poetry of Alanis Morissette” on Electric Lit.