Brazen Book Thieves, Robert Bolaño's Poetry, the Decline of Book Covers and More

James F. Thompson

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:

Flavorwire explores the dark underbelly of book thievery and some of history’s most brazen and astonishing crimes against libraries, literature, and common sense.

Robert Bolaño's posthumous literary career is as vibrant as ever, particularly as The Unknown University, an anthology of his poems, has the literary community reassessing his reputation for being solely a gifted novelist. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

The New Yorker judges books by their covers in this nostalgic article about the decline and fall of book covers in an evolving publishing landscape.

Escape the summer heat with a little literary perspective provided by Lincoln’s secretary on just how hot and miserable Washington, D.C., used to be this time of year. (Washington Post)

Digital publishing and literary graphic novels create the latest buzz at this year’s Comic-Con. (Publishers Weekly)

The head of Farrar, Straus and Giroux revisits the company’s storied past and addresses the stark challenges of the present.  (Vulture)

Learn what kind of reader you are by deconstructing this comprehensive infographic on Atlantic Wire.