Authors Guild Appeals Judgment for Google, Amazon Smartphone Out in June, 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:

The Authors Guild has appealed the latest decision by the State of New York’s lower court, which found that Google’s Library Project did not harm the interests of authors whose books are scanned for Google Books. (Publishers Weekly)

Amazon will present its new smartphone to the public in June, with the first shipments to go out in September, reports an underwhelmed Dustin Kurtz for Melville House.

NPR’s Linda Holmes examines Alice Munro’s “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” in its transition from a short story to a film starring Kristen Wiig. 

Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin examines how the work of biographers has changed in the age of e-mail. (Millions)

Novelist Emily Listfield recounts the story of her husband’s disappearance, and explains how her daughter's college project helped both women to reexamine the past. (New York Times)

Hope Leman surveys Loren Glass’s new book on Barney Rosset, the former owner and publisher of Grove Press. (Medium)

Meanwhile, Abby Haglage interviews Tony Dokoupil about his new memoir, The Last Pirate, which charts his family’s rise and fall in connection with his father’s drug trafficking. (Daily Beast)

Flavorwire continues its celebration of National Poetry Month with a poem of the day by Latasha Diggs.