Agent Allegedly Attacked by Disgruntled Writer, Brad Pitt's Literary Moves, 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:

Northern California-based literary agent Pam van Hylckama was allegedly attacked by a disgruntled writer. (GalleyCat)

Tomorrow, Amazon will begin collecting sales tax in California. (Shelf Awareness)

"He was much taller than I thought he’d be: big wet lips, lazy eye, bearded and in socks. He was very polite and welcoming." Steve Finbow—Allen Ginsberg’s former research assistant, who's penned a new biography of the late poet—tells the Awl what it was like to work for the Howl author.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is September 17–23 in New York City, and Brokelyn has a rundown of the best events (all free), including discussions with Siri Hustvedt, Karolina Waclawiak, Emma Straub, Ben Lerner, Sapphire, Eileen Myles, Dan Savage, and Kate Bolick, among many others. [Note: Visit Poets & Writers at booth number six.]

Emily Books just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and Maura Kelly reports on the rise of similar subscription-model book clubs, including ones offered by literary web magazines the Nervous Breakdown, and the Rumpus. (Daily Beast)

Maria Bustillos recently reviewed Hanna Rosin's The End of Men and the Rise of Women for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and at 11:30 am pdt the two writers will have a discussion with Waren Olney on KCRW's To the Point.

Word & Film details leading-man Brad Pitt's latest moves adapting works of literature for the screen, "using his box office muscle to move challenging literary prizewinners from the rarefied microbrew-and-kale-salad haunts of the McSweeney’s generation to anyone within reach of a multiplex or the cable remote."

Speaking of leading men, comedian Sarah Thyre posted an 1883 photo of a shirtless Mark Twain.