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:
Mark Brixey, the director of Missouri State University's bookstore, has been fired after over eighty thousand dollars was discovered in his desk  during an internal audit. A financial investigation revealed four hundred thousand dollars unaccounted for over the past three years. The university had employed Brixey for twenty-one years. (KY3)
Bookstore sales were up almost 4 percent  in June. (Shelf Awareness)
Meanwhile, GalleyCat reports Barnes & Noble surpassed its market expectations , with a revenue increase in the first quarter compared to last year, although the company is still operating at a net loss.
Frank Rich revisits the life and work of his friend Nora Ephron . (New York)
In light of E. L. James publishing her first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, at age forty-eight, Beyond the Margins rounds up many other famous authors whose first work appeared after age forty .
From Plato to Joan Didion, Lapham's Quarterly examines belief in sympathetic magic and other superstitions .
M. J. Rose discusses the pressure on authors to engage with social media , such as Twitter and Facebook. (Writer Unboxed)
Newsweek published an excerpt from D. T. Max's new biography of David Foster Wallace , Every Love Story is a Ghost Story.
Joanna Neborsky has illustrated a partial inventory of Gustave Flaubert’s personal effects , which were listed twelve days after the author's death in 1880. (Explore)