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:
Bestselling author James Patterson announced he would give one million dollars to independent bookstores. (Shelf Awareness)
Harper’s will publish the Ernest Hemingway story “My Life in the Bull Ring With Donald Ogden” in its October issue. Vanity Fair rejected the story in 1924. (New York Post)
Meanwhile, an unpublished version of an 1836 poem by Dorothy Wordsworth has been made available for the first time. (History Extra)
Melville House does the numbers on New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.
Tobias Carroll reports on attending the midnight release party for Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge. (Volume 1 Brooklyn)
And on Bookish, several authors—David Gilbert, Teddy Wayne, Ramona Ausubel, and Toby Barlow—detail their theories about Pynchon’s true identity.
“Writers might often luck onto an idea, but the process of repeatedly generating ideas is not driven by advantage and good fortune. Prodigious writers aren’t simply lucky writers. They’re active writers.” Aaron Gilbreath examines where writers find inspiration. (Green Mountains Review)
Allan Gurganus discusses the Moral Mondays protests in North Carolina, and his new book Local Souls. (Indy Week)