Priceless Manuscript Stolen, Norton Revives Storied Liveright Imprint, 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:

A priceless twelfth-century illustrated manuscript, the Codex Calixtinus, was reported stolen from a safe in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Commissioned by Pope Calixtus II, the writing popularized many pilgrimages, and was ostensibly Europe's first travel guide. (Guardian)

W. W. Norton is reviving its storied imprint, Liveright & Company—originally known as Boni & Liveright in the 1920s and publisher of titles from luminaries such as T. S. Eliot, E. E. cummings, Hart Crane, and Dorothy Parker. Editors Robert Weil and Star Lawrence, who will be leading the charge at Liveright, discuss their plans in the Observer.

Virginia Woolf's Monk's House photo album—which includes snapshots possibly taken by Woolf or by her friends and family at various identified locations, including the Monk's House in Sussex, England—has been digitized by Harvard University Library and made available online. (3:AM)

John C. Malone's Liberty Media Corporation has offered to acquire seventy percent of Barnes & Noble to help the ailing book chain. (New York Times)

"It is my baby and if I want to bring it out to play again I will," said J. K. Rowling, as she answered questions about the possibility of new Harry Potter books at a recent press event for the latest (and supposedly last) film in the series. (Daily Beast)

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