Charlie Rose Speaks With Novelist Donna Tartt, Poetic Kitsch, 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:

According to Bowker, self-published books with ISBNs rose 59 percent last year, with Amazon’s CreateSpace, Smashwords, and Lulu leading the pack. (GalleyCat)

Books-A-Million stores in South Portland, Maine, and Birmingham, Alabama, will offer the first full-color Espresso Book Machines. These print-on-demand machines create and bind books in minutes, and are now in over fifty bookstores and libraries around the world. (Shelf Awareness)

“Publishing is actually too small and e-books too marginal to early adopters for Apple, Google, or Facebook…to care.” Andrew Rhomberg shares his thoughts on the big publishing houses and the need for start-ups. (Digital Book World)

Author Dani Shapiro lists seven places where our personal heartache hides: “When I sit down with my notebook, when I start scribbling words across the page, I find out what I’m feeling.” (Huffington Post)

In an essay for Poetry, Daniel Tiffany explores the uses and pitfalls of poetic kitsch.

If you are in New York City this afternoon, a public tribute to the late Lou Reed will take place at the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at Lincoln Center. (New York Times)

On CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose spoke with novelist Donna Tartt about her influences and inspiration.