H. G. Wells Story Published for First Time, Celebrating Indie Bookstores, 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:

A ghost story written by H. G. Wells in the mid-1890s, “The Haunted Ceiling,” is published for the first time in the latest issue of the Strand Magazine. (Globe & Mail)

Meanwhile, an eight-line poem written by Anne Frank in 1942 has sold at auction for €139,847 ($148,000), more than four times its predicted selling price. (BBC News)

On Saturday, more than five hundred independent bookstores in all fifty states participated in the fourth annual Indies First program, promoting and celebrating independent bookshops with giveaways, deals, and author appearances. (Shelf Awareness

The Guardian reports on how a number of young women poets, including Rupi Kaur, Hera Lindsay Bird, Kate Tempest, and Warsan Shire, have amassed large readerships through their respective social media platforms.

The editors at New York Magazine suggest thirteen books of poetry that make great holiday gifts, including Anna Akhmatova’s Complete Poems, Monica Youn’s Blackacre, and Federico García Lorca’s Poet in New York.

“I do try to incorporate particular rhythmic and generally sonic motifs I discover in music as such, and if one thinks of language in a narrow sense, that, perhaps, suggests a possibility for a rhythmic sensibility that enters poetry from outside of language.” Poet Shane McCrae discusses his forthcoming collection of poems, In the Language of My Captor, due out in February from Wesleyan.

Ruben Joseph, an eleven-year-old boy in the U.K., created a book review website for children’s literature, in which all of the reviews are written by children. (Telegraph)

Laura Jane Grace, vocalist of the punk band Against Me!, discusses writing her memoir about coming out as a trans woman, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. (Lambda Literary)

From Columbia University to Fresno State University, here are fifteen of the most beautiful college campus libraries in America. (Thrillist)