Guide to Alice Munro, Poetry Shutdown, 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:

In light of the news that Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize in literature, the Millions gets readers up to speed on the beloved Canadian author; and Bookish offers an essential Alice Munro reading list.

Amazon workers in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, have settled a federal lawsuit that concerned unpaid hours. (Shelf Awareness)

Bowker announced self-published titles with ISBN numbers increased 59 percent in 2012, numbering almost four hundred thousand books. Out of all titles published with ISBN numbers in 2012, 40 percent were self-published. (GalleyCat)

Hachette has sued actor Stephen Baldwin for the return of a cash advance for a book manuscript due in 2009. (New York Daily News)

John Freeman—former editor of Grantanames five great books of literary criticism, including work by Virginia Woolf, and Joseph Brodsky. (Daily Beast)

David Biespiel reports on another shutdown in the news—one that arose between critics and poets. (Rumpus)

Flavorwire looks at the musings of a teenage F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“I was a student in Elizabeth Hardwick’s creative writing class at Barnard College, along with Mona Simpson, Tama Janowitz, and Daphne Merkin.” Darryl Pinckney recalls the time in New York City when he spotted Hannah Arendt at Auden’s memorial service. (Threepenny Review)