Francesca Lia Block's Mortgage Woes, Kindle Single Earnings, 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:

Alexander Nazaryan has more on the potential antitrust lawsuit against Apple and the five largest publishing houses, and asks, "Is Barnes & Noble in trouble?" (New York Daily News)

Amazon temporarily lifted its nondisclosure agreement so authors could reveal Kindle Single earnings, and paidContent has the numbers.

Meanwhile, in an effort to save her home from being foreclosed on by Bank of America, children's book author Francesca Lia Block has taken her mortgage difficulties public. (Los Angeles Times)

Author Meghan O'Rourke and psychologist Leeat Granek examine the initiative to classify ongoing grief as a mental illness listed in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). (Slate)

Shelf Awareness discusses Russia's emerging e-book market.

In a candid essay for n+1, James Pogue scrutinizes the Southern mythology surrounding Pulphead author John Jeremiah Sullivan.

Vol 1. Brooklyn reports from a reading series in New York City, Upstairs at the Square, which recently featured author Emma Straub together with songwriter and Magnetic Fields front man Stephin Merritt.

The Morning News visits the Edgar Allan Poe cottage in New York City.

If you didn't get enough Jack Kerouac yesterday on the Beat author's birthday, Open Culture found the feature-length documentary, Kerouac, the Movie, in its entirety.