Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Buys Washington Post, Insider Account of Franzen Versus Oprah, 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’s Jeff Bezos has purchased the venerable Washington Post.

The New Yorker’s David Remnick considers the reasons Donald Graham decided to sell the Washington Post—the newspaper has been owned by the Graham family for eighty years.

“We…declined to run the story of the awards on the grounds that we were a small magazine trying to establish a feisty, pugnacious identity, and being a corporate suckup toady lickspittle didn’t fit in with our plans.” Gene Weingarten pens an open letter to Jeff Bezos. (Washington Post)

Elmore Leonard is recuperating in a Detroit hospital after suffering a stroke. (Detroit News)

Hector Tobar reports on a riff between big publishers and public libraries over e-books. (Los Angeles Times)

Flavorwire rounds up twenty-five must-read literary websites.

Boris Kachka provides an insider's view of the Jonathan Franzen versus Oprah’s Book Club dustup of 2001. (Slate)

The Guardian explores the realm of author-driven book publicity.