Nine writers, including Helen Garner, C. E. Morgan, and Hilton Als, received one of Yale’s Windham-Campbell Prizes this week: Always good, as the program director Michael Kelleher points out, to get a call “out of the blue” offering you $150,000.
Among the winners is Branden Jacob-Jenkins—who said ”I only wish everyone alive could get a phone call like the one I just received”—who has also received one of this year’s PEN literary awards, as has the brilliant playwright Young Jean Lee. And Toni Morrison has been given PEN’s Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.
After a false start a couple of years ago, Hachette Book Group is now to buy the publishing section of Perseus, increasing by half the number of new books it brings out every year.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s beautiful essay on James Baldwin, taken from a forthcoming anthology, The Fire This Time, is up at BuzzFeed.
The latest issue of Words Without Borders is out, featuring an intriguing range of Moroccan writing and some Uyghur poetry.
After Super Tuesday, you may want to revisit John Oliver’s take on Donald Trump.