A Look Inside the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, George Packer on Amazon, 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:

Amazon is a global superstore, like Walmart.” George Packer casts a gimlet eye on Jeff Bezos’s online giant. (New Yorker)

Meanwhile, Amazon’s editorial director Sara Nelson offers a bevy of love stories for Valentine’s Day. (GalleyCat)

Barnes & Noble fired an unspecified number of engineers working in its Nook division last week. When this news arrived on Wall Street, the bookstore chain’s stock rose. (Shelf Awareness)

Open Road will acquire digital publisher E-Reads. Founded by Richard Curtis in 1999, E-Reads has published over twelve hundred titles. (Publishers Weekly)

Eric Bennett details his time at the venerable Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and explains how the CIA indirectly funded the program. (Chronicle Review)

Jason Diamond showcases how Joyce Carol Oates engages with Twitter. (Flavorwire)

Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, will publish a new book in 2015. (NPR)