Andrew Wylie on Amazon, Bay Area Literary Map, 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:

Amazon intends to open at least three warehouses in western Poland. (Shelf Awareness)

Meanwhile, outspoken literary agent Andrew Wylie told the New Republic’s Laura Bennett that he might sell a print book to Amazon if “they were threatening to throw a child off a bridge and I believed them.”

Book critic Ron Charles has the skinny on last night’s PEN/Faulkner gala in our nation’s capital. (Washington Post)

Reading Dave Eggers’s new novel The Circle inspired Michele Filgate to give up social media. (Salon)

Speaking of Dave Eggers, the San Francisco Chronicle created a Bay Area Literary Map, home to Eggers, Michael Chabon, Sara Gran, and many other literary lights.

Melville House has created a fund to fight pancreatic cancer in memory of German crime fiction writer Jakob Arjouni. (GalleyCat)

“So yes, it’s true. New York City used to be cool, and now it’s not. It’s not at all. It is boring and dismaying and stymied; everything potentially cool in it is overwhelmed and inflated and parodied and sold.” Poet and Fence publisher Rebecca Wolff weighs in on leaving New York. (Guernica)

Actress Jennifer Ehle will join the cast of the screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. (Daily Beast)