A Famous Literary Feud Ends, Margaret Atwood Tops Gary Shteyngart, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Up until yesterday Nobel Prize–winner V. S. Naipaul and travel writer Paul Theroux had not spoken in fifteen years. (Theroux even wrote a memoir about the painful loss of their friendship.) Their famous feud ended with a handshake, with novelist Ian McEwan playing Sinatra to their Martin and Lewis. (Telegraph)

The Atlantic and Crowdsourcing author Jeff Howe have launched a global book club (@1book140) on Twitter. With over three hundred nominations, Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale beat out Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story as the first selection. (Guardian)

In her review of A Jane Austen Education, Laura Miller asks, "Does reading great books make you a better person?" (Salon)

Does the e-book revolution get you down? Garth Risk Hallberg at the Millions explains how to Kindle-proof your book in seven easy steps!

After forty-four years at Angola State Prison in Louisiana, Wilbert Rideau has written a memoir to educate the public about life behind bars. (Guardian)

Max Ross writes about his experience visiting the David Foster Wallace archives at the University of Texas in Austin for Open Letters Monthly.

After twenty-nine years in business, Globe Corner Bookstore will close its Harvard Square Store. (globecornerbookstore.com)

Rachel Syme investigates the growing trend of celebrity best-sellers for National Public Radio. (NPR)