Evan Hughes on Amazon’s Future, Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge, 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:

Casey Cep looks at the 1963 Eudora Welty story “Where is the Voice Coming From?” published in the pages of the New Yorker following the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi.

Publishing Perspectives details the specifics of agent-assisted publishing.

The New Republic suggests the Los Angeles Review of Books is at war with the New York Review of Books.

If you’d like to own Joan Didion’s childhood home in California, it’s for sale. (Millions)

Author Evan Hughes examines the current bookselling landscape, and considers its new colossus: “By defeating its competitors, Amazon is choking off some of its own air supply.” (Salon)

New York magazine published a summer reading guide in its signature grid format.

A fan of the television series Gilmore Girls has created an online reading challenge based on the over three hundred books read by Rory Gilmore on the show. (GalleyCat)