Independent Bookstores on the Rise, Sofia Coppola to Adapt Alysia Abbott’s Memoir, 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:

Vulture offers a buyers' guide to January book releases, which includes Adam Sternbergh’s Shovel Ready and Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart.

Director and writer Sofia Coppola will adapt Alysia Abbott’s Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father for the big screen. Fairyland chronicles Alysia’s life with her father Steve Abbott—a widowed father, gay activist, and accomplished poet—as they navigate San Francisco in the early 1970s. (Deadline)

The Christian Science Monitor reports that independent bookstores are on the rise.

Julie Buntin writes in Cosmopolitan that 2013 was a great year for books by women, and topping her list of favorites is Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Yesterday, at the height of the holiday shopping season, Amazon workers in Germany went on strike. (Los Angeles Times)

Lincoln Michel identifies beautifully designed books that celebrate the possibilities of print. The list includes Bough Down by Karen Green and David Rakoff’s Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. (BuzzFeed)

The British Library has released over a million digital images for “anyone to use, remix, and repurpose.”