Editorial Salaries, Penguin Files Breach of Contract, 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:

Folio magazine has published its 2012 Editorial Salary Survey.

With the upcoming release of competing tablets, Business Insider believes Amazon's Kindle Fire will become a dud.

Sir Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, suggests the rise of book bloggers may kill literary criticism. (Independent)

The Smoking Gun reports Penguin has filed breach of contract claims in New York State Supreme Court against authors Elizabeth Wurtzel, Ana Marie Cox, Rebecca Mead, and others, demanding the return of paid advances.

Poe House, the Baltimore home of Edgar Allan Poe—a museum since 1949—is shuttering Friday, which corresponds with the last day of its curator Jeff Jerome, who has worked there for thirty-four years. The city of Baltimore plans to open the museum's doors again in 2013. (Baltimore Sun)

The JFK Library and Museum in Boston is attempting to save thousands of letters written to Ernest Hemingway from decay. In the collection are four Western Union telegrams from F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Associated Press)

Creating a new version of an exquisite corpse, several writers—including Roxane Gay, and Patrick Somerville—are participating in a collective storytelling experiment on Tumblr, an Electronic Corpse.

Today is the birthday of Thomas Stearns Eliot, born on this day in 1888. (Berfrois)