Cheryl Strayed Speaks With Elissa Bassist, Tips for Surviving Rejection, 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:

Scribner named Colin Harrison its new editor-in-chief, replacing Nan Graham, who is now division publisher. (Shelf Awareness)

"Shakespeare must be a black girl." Maya Angelou delivered a riveting speech at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, recently, and Atlantic Wire was there.

A new translation of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake made the best-seller list in China. (New York Times)

If you missed short-fiction master George Saunders on the Colbert Report Tuesday evening, the full video is online.

In the Colbert interview, George Saunders recounts Ernest Hemingway's shortest story: “For sale, baby shoes, never worn.” Melville House explains how this is a popular myth.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Strayed spoke with Elissa Bassist about the Dear Sugar correspondence that changed their writing lives. Bassist tells Strayed, "Because of you I wrote the book I said I couldn’t write." (Creative Nonfiction)

Laura Miller details how libraries are no longer quiet. (Salon)

If you'd like to own F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's Baltimore townhouse—it's on the market. (Los Angeles Times)

Grub Street Daily provides tips for surviving rejection, and offers the wisdom of Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”