Gabriel García Márquez Dies at Age 87, Leonard Riggio Sells 3.7 Million Barnes & Noble Shares, 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:

Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez died at his home in Mexico City yesterday; the Columbian novelist was eighty-seven. (New York Times)

Leonard Riggio, chairman of Barnes & Noble, has sold 3.7 million of his personal holdings in the bookseller, leaving him with twenty percent of Barnes & Noble’s common stock. (GalleyCat)

Sarabande Books, a nonprofit publisher based in Louisville, Kentucky, will open offices in New York City on May 1. (Publishers Weekly)

Novelist Gary Shteyngart has announced his intention to end his book-blurbing habit, with a few exceptions. (New Yorker)

Guernica interviews Graywolf publisher Fiona McCrae as the press celebrates its fortieth year.

SheWired considers novelist Carson McCullers as part of an ongoing series devoted to memorable women.

Meanwhile, the New Criterion reacts to the new biography of Marianne Moore and the psychological trauma it exposes, which previous biographies glossed over. 

Throughout National Poetry Month, Renée Adams, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, continues to post poems on the outside of her fence for the benefit of passers-by, as she has for the past five years. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, Miami’s monthlong O, Miami poetry festival is emphasizing Spanish-language verse. (Knight Foundation)