To be a part of the literary community over the last few weeks has involved seeing months’ worth of events rescheduled, canceled, or shifted online. In some cases, this has been due to precautions taken to prevent coronavirus infection; in others, it’s due to writers canceling book tours. The Loft’s Wordplay Festival is shifting from an in-person event to one that will take place in a host of online spaces, for instance. As writers, publishers, and event planners look out at this shifting landscape, a host of questions come to mind. If events aren’t feasible right now, are there alternatives? Are live-streamed readings and discussions the new normal when it comes to literary events? Is there a way to capture that same sense of community that the best literary events held in a physical space can accomplish?
In our afternoon reading: a literary award for Lucy Ellmann, an interview with Susan Choi, and more.
In our morning reading: a playlist by Augustus Rose, interviews with Deb Olin Unferth and William Gibson, and more.
In our afternoon reading: Paula Mejia on the writings of Jean Stein, a report from the One Story Debutante Ball, and much more.
In our morning reading: William Gibson’s comics debut, notes on the O. Henry Prize stories, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Szilvia Molnar and Robin Coste Lewis, new fiction from Jeff VanderMeer, new nonfiction from Amanda Petrusich, and more.
In our morning reading: Alexander Chee interviewed Eileen Myles, EMA interviewed William Gibson, music for sleeping, and more.
In this afternoon’s reading: interviews with William Gibson and Lindsay Hunter, Mykki Blanco and Kathleen Hanna in conversation, touring literary artifacts with Neil Gaiman, and more.