Apple Files Second Appeal, John Steinbeck’s Google Doodle, 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:

Apple has filed its second appeal in response to a government ruling that the company violated antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to fix e-book prices. (GalleyCat)

Novelist and poet Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel is encouraged to go into hiding by his translator after signing a letter asking to protest police brutality in Equatorial Guinea. (Guardian)

Connu cofounder and CEO Susannah Luthi describes how lessons learned from writing fiction helped her establish the tech start-up. (Forbes)

A portrait of Oklahoma-born novelist Ralph Ellison, the author of the Invisible Man, will be unveiled March 6 in the capital building of his home state. (Tulsa World)

Google celebrates the 112th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s birth with a doodle featuring illustrated quotes from The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley. (Mashable)

At the Millions, C. J. Hauser addresses the identity crisis inherent in character-based Facebook quizzes.

A lawsuit brought against the Seattle Weekly by true-crime author Ann Rule after the newspaper critiqued her fiction has been thrown out; Rule has been ordered to pay the article’s author and the newspaper $10,000 each for violating state free speech laws. (ABC News)

Sal Robinson questions Teju Cole’s innovation on Twitter. (Melville House)

Scholium Group, a company that backs London’s famed Shapero Rare Books, plans to raise ten million British pounds to bolster the antiquarian bookseller’s business by trading shares publicly. (Telegraph)