CIA Used Doctor Zhivago as a Weapon, Liberty Media Sells Barnes & Noble Shares, 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:

Recently declassified CIA documents reveal that during the Cold War the agency distributed Boris Pasternak’s novel Doctor Zhivago to citizens of the Soviet Union in an attempt to undermine the U.S.S.R.’s government. (Washington Post)  

Investor Liberty Media is selling off its shares in Barnes & Noble. The news comes as the retailer's third quarter earnings report shows a profit despite a loss in overall revenue. (Forbes)

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, author of the Man Booker Prize–winning Remains of the Day (Faber & Faber, 1989), will publish The Buried Giant, his seventh novel, in March 2015—ten years after his last novel, Never Let Me Go, was released. (Time)

Author and Paris Review founder Peter Matthiessen died Saturday; his final book, the novel In Paradise, will be released tomorrow. (NPR)

This week, two years after Marina Keegan's death, Scribner will publish a collection of essays and stories by the aspiring writer, who was killed in a car accident just five days after graduating from college. (New York Times)

Historians have discovered that the earliest known English literary signature to deface a building was chiseled by medieval poet and monk John Lydgate in St. Mary’s Church in Lidgate, England. (Paste)

The Guardian remembers the eating habits of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Meanwhile, the Irish Times recalls author Brendan Behan’s bad reputation and literary celebrity in New York City.