Age Discrimination Lawsuit, Junot Diaz as Guest DJ, 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:

Former long-time publicist Marilyn Ducksworth is suing Penguin alleging age discrimination. (Washington Post)

In light of Bill Clinton's successful speech last night at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, Byliner rounded up several magazine articles on the forty-second president.

Novelist Philip Roth has agreed to cooperate with biographer Blake Bailey. (New York Times)

Literary Brooklyn author Evan Hughes examines the murder case that captured the public's imagination and resulted in several books, including Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss, Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer, and Errol Morris's new A Wilderness of Error. (Awl)

"I have slept in twenty-six locations in the last seven months." Novelist Jami Attenberg details the sometimes-difficult attempt to maintain life as a writer. (Rumpus)

Peter Osnos looks at the burgeoning industry of self-publishing. (Atlantic)

Recently, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz acted as guest DJ on NPR radio show Alt.Latino.

"Ford has to be one of the most mercurial, protean figures in literary history, capable of producing violent reactions of love, admiration, ridicule or anger in those who knew him, and also in those who read him." With the success of a Tom Stoppard-penned BBC adaptation of Parade’s End, Oxford University Press's OUPblog delves into the life and work of Ford Madox Ford.

Author and former agent Nathan Bransford describes the publishing process in a series of animated GIFs.