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A Memoirist's Deadly Discovery, Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices, and More

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Online Only, posted 5.13.14

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

In his new memoir The Most Dangerous Animal of All, published today by HarperCollins, author Gary L. Stewart discovers after years of searching for his father that he is the son of the Zodiac Killer, the perpetrator of several unsolved murders in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. (New York Magazine)

Vogue offers an excerpt from Hard Choices, the forthcoming memoir by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Kirsten Reach of Melville House explains how publisher Jane Daniel discovered that author Misha Defonseca had falsified her memoir, Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years. Defonseca was ordered to repay her publisher $22.5 million.

The school board of Wilson County, Tennessee, which voted last week to remove Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from a ninth-grade English reading list, has reversed its decision. (Tennessean)

Publishers Weekly examines the current battle between Hachette and Amazon in the light of the continuing struggle to uphold diversity in the publishing marketplace.

The Believer hosts a conversation between Portland, Oregon–based authors Chuck Palahniuk and Tom Spanbauer.

Electric Literature offers a graphic representation of science fiction’s prediction of and influence on actual historical discoveries.

In honor of a London bookstore's annual Bad Grammar Awards, the Guardian shares photographic evidence of bad grammar in signs, advertisements, and apparel.

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