Bookstore Sales Up, Paul Auster Tours Green-Wood Cemetery, 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:

In bookstore news: Sales rose 7 percent in September. (Shelf Awareness)

Meanwhile, independent publisher Melville House argues that locally-owned bookstores must work together to join the digital economy.

The Guardian wonders if there are writers who consistently produced great work. "Harper Lee gets away with it by having written just one, perfect novel, but other than that I can't think of a single writer whose works I love in their entirety. Can you?"

If you've always wanted to go on a trolly tour with novelist Paul Auster through historic Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, well, now's your chance. Auster will also speak about Sunset Park, his latest novel. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The Rumpus interviews Normal People Don’t Live Like This author Dylan Landis, who reveals she did not begin writing fiction until age forty.

In this edited excerpt from Unpacking My Library: Writers and their Books, the Financial Times provides a glimpse at the personal libraries of several well-known authors, including Claire Messud, Gary Shteyngart, and Junot Díaz.

A painting created by fictional New York School artist Nat Tate is for sale in a Sotheby's auction for real money. (New Yorker)

And from the website Brain Pickings, we learn that in 1969 Random House published a volume of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by surrealist painter Salvador Dali.