Barnes & Noble Partners With Samsung, NYRB Takes on the CIA, 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:

Barnes & Noble has partnered with Samsung, who will design the latest incarnation of the bookseller’s Nook e-reader. (Digital Book World)

The New York Review of Books recently posted a series of comments directed at the Central Intelligence Agency’s new Twitter handle, criticizing the agency’s controversial interrogation tactics. (Wire)

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has offered two fans the chance to have an ill-fated character named for each of them in an upcoming book in exchange for the fans’ twenty-thousand-dollar donations to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe, New Mexico. (ABC News)

Actress and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o will star in the upcoming adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, while Michael Gambon has joined the cast of the BBC adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s adult novel The Casual Vacancy. (GalleyCat, Bookseller)

Journalist Kat Kinsman of CNN becomes the latest to challenge Ruth Graham of Slate, who wrote recently that adults should be ashamed to admit to reading young adult literature.

London’s iconic Foyles bookstore relocated over the weekend to a new location just down the street from its original location on Charing Cross Road, where it opened eighty-five years ago. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, clothing retailer Urban Outfitters has opened a new branch that contains a book store—along with a hair salon, coffee bar, and record store—near Herald Square in New York City. (Shelf Awareness)