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 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)