Michelle Tea Discusses Laura Albert (JT LeRoy), Circling Dave Eggers, 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:

Gawker examines the critical adulation and controversy surrounding The Circle, the new novel by Dave Eggers.

The Center for Jewish History in New York City will to open a rare books room to house precious manuscripts and correspondence of luminaries such as Emma Lazarus and Franz Kafka. (Melville House)

“I joined a discussion group called Coming to the Table, where descendants of enslavers and the descendants of enslaved—often members of the same family—come together and talk.” The New York Times speaks with poet Tess Taylor, a descendent of Thomas Jefferson.

Michelle Tea recounts her relationship with Laura Albert—true identity of author JT LeRoy. (Bold Italic)

The Millions speaks with multi-genre author Maile Meloy.

It’s National Poetry Day in England, and Prince Charles recorded one of his favorites, Dylan Thomas’s “Fern Hill.” (ITV)

Sherman Alexie announced his backlist of titles will be available as e-books from Open Road Media. (GalleyCat)