Barnes & Noble Selects New CEO, Rediscovered Letters of Mary Shelley, 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:

Barnes & Noble named Michael P. Huseby as its new CEO. Huseby replaces William Lynch, who left in July. (Shelf Awareness)

Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble has closed its former flagship store in New York City, which in recent years has been used to sell college textbooks. A nearby Barnes & Noble location in Union Square has served as a general retailer, and is the company's largest volume seller in the country. (GalleyCat)

Yesterday, on Twitter, novelist Teju Cole created a short story by retweeting other Twitter users. (New York Daily News)

Flavorwire's Jason Diamond rounds up thirty-five masterful examples of short stories, including Lynne Tillman’s Someday This Will Be Funny.

On the Ploughshares blog, Rebecca Makkai offers some entertaining suggestions to weather the cold indoors, including playing “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, Literary Style.”

Cormac McCarthy’s ex-wife was recently arrested in New Mexico. (Smoking Gun)

A professor at Anglia Ruskin University has rediscovered several letters written by Mary Shelley. (Los Angeles Times)