Jessica Grose on Janet Malcolm's Latest, Hemingway's Reading List, 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:

Author Jessica Grose gleans advice from Janet Malcolm’s new book, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers, including: “Don’t be afraid to start later in life.” (Co.Create)

Macmillan is launching a new division headed by Bob Miller that will publish about three nonfiction titles each month beginning in 2015. Miller is an eighteen-year veteran of Disney, where he launched Hyperion. He later worked for HarperCollins and Workman Publishing. (Shelf Awareness)

Penguin has built two colorful mobile bookstores on wheels—a truck and pushcart. (New York Business Journal)

With college graduations taking place across the country, the New York Daily News excerpted recent commencement addresses by Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, and Jonathan Safran Foer.

In case a commencement speech is in your future, novelist Nichole Bernier gathers tips for reading on stage from several authors and veterans of the podium, including J. Courtney Sullivan, Chris Bohjalian, Cheryl Strayed, and Alexander Chee. (Huffington Post)

Arising from the Cannes Film Festival, the Weinstein Company has acquired Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s adaptation of Reif Larsen's best-selling novel The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet. The film is titled The Young And Prodigious Spivet, and stars Helena Bonham Carter, Kyle Catlett, Kathy Bates, and Judy Davis. (Playlist)

On her blog, author and editor Roxane Gay shares ideas about how writers can best publicize their work.

Volume 1 Brooklyn reports the new website, What Jane Saw, is worth a visit. The site recreates an influential 1813 London art exhibit that scholars believe Jane Austen attended.

Open Culture found a reading list Ernest Hemingway created for a novice writer in 1934.