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:
According to the New York Times, "the Virginia Quarterly Review has canceled its winter issue and closed its offices in the aftermath of the suicide last month of its managing editor and a subsequent investigation by the University of Virginia, which operates the journal."
Thanks in part to the popularity of Steig Larsson's books and a 300 percent increase in digital sales, Random House saw profits double in the first half of 2010. (Publishers Weekly)
Speaking of Stieg Larsson, "does a book's popularity guarantee its movie success?" (Jacket Copy)
Three Lives & Company Booksellers in New York City has weathered the economic downturn through an innovative strategy: "staying very much the same as it did when it first opened its doors in 1968." (Publishing Perspectives)
In celebrity author news, someone crashed a car into the gate of Stephen King's house in Maine, causing an estimated one hundred thousand dollars in damage (to the gate), and J. K. Rowling donated more than fifteen million dollars to set up a multiple sclerosis research center at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. (USA Today and BBC NEWS, respectively)
Librarian salaries jumped 3 percent this year, according to the American Library Association.