Jill Bialosky on the Tools of Poetry and Memoir, E-Mail Steve Jobs Sent to Murdoch, 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:

E-book sales almost doubled in 2012. (Los Angeles Times)

“Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.” All Things Digital examines the e-mail Steve Jobs sent James Murdoch that figures largely in the DOJ's price-fixing lawsuit.

In the United Kingdom, Amazon may have to answer further questions about its tax status. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Amazon has created a virtual currency—Amazon Coins. (Washington Post)

Author and editor Jill Bialosky discusses using the tools of poetry to write her bestselling 2011 memoir, History of a Suicide. (Kenyon Review)

Benjamin Lytal looks at the close relationship between the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Willa Cather. (New Yorker)

Book Riot lists a few reasons men should read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Ruth Graham investigates the roots of the ubiquitous wedding poem. (Poetry Foundation)

And GalleyCat reports that a poem called “He’s Just a Little Boy,” by Chaplain Bob Fox, is now posted at Little League baseball fields across the country.