Gertrude Stein Myths, Jay McInerney on The Great Gatsby, 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:

The Israeli government may pass legislation that will make it illegal to lower the price of a book until eighteen months after its release. (Jerusalem Post)

The organizers of Word Up, a volunteer-run bookstore in a "book-starved neighborhood" of New York City are attempting to raise ten thousand dollars in ten days as a means to keep the store open.  (New York Daily News)

Poet and graphic designer Sean Bishop measures the best poetry presses by their design aesthetic and production value. (Ploughshares)

Scott Turow details the history of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a group of best-selling authors who play rock music to support charity. (GalleyCat)

For the Millions, author Edra Ziesk reveals the difficulties of earning a living as a writer, teacher, or party host.

Lambda award-winning author Renate Stendhal attempts to separate myth from fact regarding the legacy of Gertrude Stein. (Tikkun)

Author Jay McInerney explains the enduring appeal of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. (Guardian)

During last week's BookExpo America, Penguin hosted a party at the recently reopened and newly renovated Algonquin Hotel, and novelist Emma Straub was there with a microphone and a camera. (Daily Beast)