Amanda Knox Bidding War, Martha Southgate's Thoughts on Whitney Houston, 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:

After a heated bidding war, HarperCollins won the rights to publish a memoir by Amanda Knox for a reported four million dollars. (New York Times)

The Authors Guild has added its voice to those critical of Amazon's pricing policies, offering, "Amazon continues to tighten its grip on the book industry." (Shelf Awareness)

The Common Review looks at the life and work of Robert Coles, who as a young man sent a college essay he wrote on the poetry of William Carlos Williams to the good doctor himself, and received this note in reply: “Dear Mr. Coles, thank you very much for sending your thesis to me. It’s not bad for a Harvard student…If you are ever in the neighborhood, please come see Flossie and me. Bill.”

On the website Drinking Diaries, novelist Martha Southgate shares her thoughts on the life and death of Whitney Houston.

An editor overheard writer Kim Purcell's conversation on the subway, the two chatted as they exited the station, and the publication of a debut novel, Trafficked, was set in motion. (Publishers Weekly)

In a followup to the scandal at the National Arts Club, the venerable institution's board voted Thursday to expel its former president O. Aldon James, which means he'll be evicted from his home. (DNAinfo)

The writer Alex Epstein’s has chosen to publish a version of his next book, For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings, as a Facebook photo album. (Electric Literature)

In 1982, novelist Martin Amis wrote a guide to video games. (Millions)