This week we're talking about:
- Our friends at the Windham-Campbell Prizes announced their 2019 recipients, eight writers around the world surprised with $165,000 grants, live from London last week during an evening hosted by Damian Barr: in fiction, David Chariandy and Danielle McLaughlin; in poetry, Kwame Dawes and Ishion Hutchinson; in nonfiction, Raghu Karnad and Rebecca Solnit, and in drama, Patricia Cornelius and Young Jean Lee. They'll meet at the Windham-Campbell Literary Festival at Yale in September when the prizes are officially conferred at the opening ceremony, with a "Why I Write" keynote by APS contributor Eileen Myles ("Each Day I Get Up" in No. 20). Pictured: McLaughlin, a guest, Hutchinson, and E.C. Shroeder, director of Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Photo: Honeybunn Photography.
- While in London last week during the Book Fair, A Public Space marketing and development director Lauren Cerand co-hosted a wonderful packed house in celebration of Bette Howland with APS international contributing editor Allison Devers, at the Second Shelf, her essential new bookstore in SoHo, which has new APS No. 27 as well as collectible No. 23 in stock. Thank you to the subscribers and friends old and new who joined us!
- APS contributing editor Elizabeth Gaffney has received Michigan Quarterly Review's The Lawrence Prize, chosen by Michael Byers, for her story, “Six-X,” from Summer 2018. Read it in full online.
- Are you a fan of Joseph Mitchell's Up in the Old Hotel? In Brooklyn, we're pleased to present APS contributing editor Robert Sullivan's upcoming master class. The author of Rats, Meadowlands, and essays for A Public Space on Fulton Mall and New York Harbor, leads a class on reading the landscape—and writing as a way to map where you exist. Enrolling now.
- APS is a media sponsor of this year's Festival of Neue Literatur, celebrating ten years and happening at the end of this month in New York. Mark the date for a slate of essential, illuminating dialogues, and everyone is invited. Join us there.