Amazon and the CIA, Vivian Gornick on Mary McCarthy, 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:

Wired considers the implications of the reported cloud services deal between Amazon and the CIA.

Meanwhile, Amazon Publishing announced that Oliver Pötzsch's Hangman’s Daughter is the imprint’s first million-selling title. (Forbes)

Tech startup Parakweet garnered a two million dollar investment to bolster BookVibe, a book discovery engine. (Los Angeles Times)

Vivian Gornick discusses the life and work of Mary McCarthy. (New Yorker)

Poet and journalist Eliza Griswold worked with photographer Seamus Murphy to document the lives and oral folk poems of the Afghan people. The entire June issue of Poetry magazine is dedicated to their project. (PBS)

From Moby-Dick to Ulysses to Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, Molly Fischer looks at the rise of marathon readings across the land. (New Republic)

BuzzFeed gathered sixteen great photos of women writers at work.

Book Riot has a podcast!