J. D. Salinger Found, Poet in Space, 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:

Amazon.co.uk, the United Kingdom's biggest online retailer, pays no tax in that country, and is now under investigation by the United Kingdom's tax authorities. (Guardian)

Google Books plans to end its two-year-old partnership with e-book resellers.

Fifty Shades of Grey now includes a disclaimer acknowledging the book’s origins as Twilight fan fiction. (GalleyCat)

Roxane Gay weighs in on the current debate over gender disparity in literary fiction. (Rumpus)

Meanwhile, for Publishers Weekly's ShelfTalker, children's bookseller Elizabeth Bluemle suggests the problem with literary perceptions may begin at an early age.

Rebecca Mead says we're in a Middlemarch moment. (New Yorker)

The Los Angeles Times features the Safety Pin Review—it publishes text on fabric, which is then pinned on someone's back.

This week, the National Archives released to the public the 1940 census, and Gothamist found Jerome David Salinger.

Passover begins tomorrow, and if you're curious what a Passover Seder looked like over six centuries ago, view the Rylands Haggadah at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, as part of its exhibit, Medieval Jewish Art in Context. The priceless illuminated manuscript was created in Catalonian Spain in the mid-1300s. (Forward)

NASA launched a poet into space, and he's written a poem about it.