Ayana Mathis Selected by Oprah's Book Club, Amazon's Revamped Reviewing Policies, 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:

Debut novelist Ayana Mathis's The Twelve Tribes of Hattie was selected by Oprah's Book Club 2.0. (New York Daily News)

Recording mogul Jay-Z has been named music supervisor for Baz Luhrmann's screen adaptation of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. (Sun)

In the wake of controversy—including authors purchasing reviews—the New York Times looks at Amazon's revamped reviewing policies.

"'Me too!' I say aloud. And although no one can hear me, I do not feel alone." Elliott Holt reveals what she gleaned from an online poetry course with thirty-six thousand students. (Poetry Foundation)

Novelist Kristopher Jansma examines the New York Public Library exhibit, "Charles Dickens: The Key to Character,” which runs until January 27, 2013. (Electric Literature)

"I’ll never believe that there are too many voices." Writers (and reader) Latanya McQueen shares her thoughts on the multitude of little magazines. (Missouri Review)

"Poets are our original systems thinkers." The Harvard Business Review considers what poetry can teach business leaders.

Breaking down the vagaries of writing for a living, Jason Pinter says, "Being a professional writer is a strange and wonderful thing—kind of a combination of philosopher and hobo." (Huffington Post)

Jason Diamond lists his favorite new books of 2012, including Karolina Waclawiak's How to Get into the Twin Palms, and Legs Get Led Astray, by Chloe Caldwell. (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)