Emma Audiobook, the Role of Public Libraries, 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:

Audible has released an audiobook of Jane Austen’s Emma narrated by Emma Thompson. (Bustle)

“Libraries are the kinds of places where people with different backgrounds, passions and interests can take part in a living democratic culture. They are the kinds of places where the public, private and philanthropic sectors can work together to reach for something higher than the bottom line.” Sociologist Eric Klinenberg makes a case for the social and civil importance of public libraries. (New York Times)

A recently discovered memoir by Gwyn Conger Steinbeck, John Steinbeck’s second wife, asserts that the famous American writer was a serial womanizer and led “several lives.” The memoir will be published this week in the United Kingdom. (Guardian)

Poet Dorothea Lasky on writing, teaching, obsessions, the poet identity, and more. (Creative Independent)

Musician Kate Bush will publish a book of her lyrics with an introduction from David S. Mitchell in December. (Quietus)

Amy S. Fatzinger considers the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series and how we can use books to teach children about racism in America. (Atlantic)

Did the story of Frank La Salle, a convicted pedophile who kidnapped eleven-year-old Sally Horner in 1948, influence Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita? (Los Angeles Times)

“How are we to inhabit the principle behind the word ‘resistance’ when the meaning of the word itself has changed so much?” Teju Cole looks back on the French Resistance and questions current political resistance. (New York Times Magazine)