Amy Einhorn Joins Flatiron Books, Byliner in Trouble, and More


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:

Amy Einhorn will join Macmillan’s Flatiron Books as senior vice president and publisher on July 21. Einhorn recently left Penguin Random House, where she was the editor and publisher of her eponymous imprint. Read Michael Szczerban's interview with Einhorn, part of our Agents & Editors series, published in the March/April 2014 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. (Publishers Weekly)

Byliner, an online publisher of long-form journalism and fiction, informed contributors this week that the company has been struggling, and that it is currently seeking new partnerships. (New York Times)

In the latest response to Amazon’s restrictions on Hachette titles, comedian Stephen Colbert encouraged viewers during a recent broadcast to purchase Hachette books online through Portland-based independent bookseller Powell’s Books. (Oregonian)

Since 2007 writer Adam Parrish, operator of the Twitter handle @everyword, has made it his goal to post each of the 109,000 words in the English language in alphabetical order to the social media site. This Friday, Parrish will complete his project. (Guardian)

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that European libraries will now be able to digitize books without having to obtain consent from the publisher or author. (PCWorld)

Meanwhile, an Egyptian appeals court has supported the ruling of a lower court against Karem Saber, a Christian author who was sentenced to five years in prison for contempt of religion following the 2010 publication of his novel Where is God. (ABC News)

Multimedia artist Leonard Ulian has created mandalas—the spiritual symbols in both Hinduism and Buddhism meant to represent the universe—out of soldered radio and computer parts, which he has used to wrap several hardcover books. (Colossal)

Kathryn Schulz of Vulture travels to the Thunderbird Motel in Missoula, Montana, where she interviews the owner about her time spent with Ernest Hemingway’s youngest child.

Farnam Street has published a 1933 letter by Eudora Welty, composed when the author was twenty-three, seeking employment from the New Yorker.