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Penguin Random House restructures operations; the lost pulp novel of Gore Vidal; the usefulness of literature; and other news.
Robert Hass wins Wallace Stevens Award; two new typewriter apps for the iPad; against "against"; and other news.
OverDrive launches Read an E-book Day; traveling vicariously through books; Anne Sexton's summer bikini tips; and other news.
A sociologist at Queens College makes a compelling case for self-publishing; Harry Potter is all over a neighborhood in Missoula, Montana; Amy Tan builds a home she can grow old in; and other news.
Kensington Publishing expands agreement with Penguin Random House; Book Culture rehires four fired managers; Brazenhead Books to close its doors; and other news.
The Tournament of Books ignores author’s wishes; a fourteen-year-old’s poem goes viral; a new beer-battered bookstore opens in Texas; and other news.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
Nova Ren Suma offers techniques to stave off self-doubt; the Strand Book Store broke its all-time sales record this Christmas; the Guardian charts the United Kingdom’s top-selling books of 2013; and other news.
Beginning in January 2013, Michael Gustafson and Hilary Lowe spent nearly three months renovating a twenty-six-hundred-square-foot storefront in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to prepare for the grand opening of Literati Bookstore. Not everything went according to plan: Unforeseen expenses and delays, a botched order of fifteen thousand bookmarks, and a near total loss of their first week's sales threatened the bookstore's success. But over a hundred members of the Ann Arbor community turned up for Literati's inaugural reading, and now, more than eight months after the store's grand opening, Gustafson and Lowe have built a successful community around their literary dream. The following images offer a behind the scenes look at the couple's journey, which contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin chronicles in "How to Make a Life, Maybe Even a Living: Opening an Independent Bookstore" in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
Investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr reports from an Amazon warehouse; Carolyn Kellogg reveals that over forty thousand writers completed manuscripts for National Novel Writing Month; Oyster Books is offering gift subscriptions for the holidays; and other news.
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