From Kazuo Ishiguro delivering his Nobel Lecture to the reprinting of James Baldwin’s only children’s book, we’ve rounded up the latest literary news:
Lorin Stein resigned last Wednesday from his post as editor of The Paris Review, which he had held since 2010. An internal investigation of Stein began after his name was included on a list of anonymous tips regarding violence against women in the media and publishing industries.
Kazuo Ishiguro delivered his Nobel Lecture “My Twentieth Century Evening—and Other Small Breakthroughs” on Thursday at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm after being awarded The Nobel Prize for Literature this past October. In the lecture, he detailed his journey to becoming a writer and examines his role in the current literary and political environments across the globe. He concluded with a call to action, advocating for heightened diversity and discovery in literature: “In a time of dangerously increasing division, we must listen. Good writing and good reading will break down barriers. We may even find a new idea, a great humane vision, around which to rally.”
Originally published by Dial Press in 1976, James Baldwin’s only children’s book is set to come back into print in August thanks to Duke University Press. The picture book, Little Man, Little Man, went out of print quickly after its first run. The modern printing will be accompanied by original illustrations from Yoran Cazac and new front matter acknowledging the current importance of diverse young people’s literature. Baldwin called the picture book “a celebration of the self-esteem of black children.”