Junger Says No More Front-Line Reporting, Ann Patchett to Open Bookstore, 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:

In Reed Johnson's interview with Sebastian Junger, the author of The Perfect Storm says that after the tragic death of his friend, photojournalist Tim Hetherington, he'll no longer report from the front lines. (Los Angeles Times)

Sue Halpern explores what reading will be like once we are all inside the "cloud." (New York Review of Books)

Unless local legislation changes, a much-lauded public library in Troy, Michigan, will close. (Guardian)

"I don’t want to live in a city without a bookstore," said novelist Ann Patchett, who lives in Nashville, after her favorite store shuttered. So instead of skipping town, she and a partner will open shop. (Tennessean)

Reporting some of the blowback from her recent article, Jennifer Schuessler shares the advice of Christopher Hitchens —writer, provocateur, and Salmon Rushdie's wingman—on how to properly conduct a literary feud. (New York Times)

Hilda Raz, longtime editor of Prairie Schooner, has been named poetry series editor of the University of New Mexico Press.

Nicholas Jackson writes that ESPN's new literary sports website, Grantland, helmed by sports writer Bill Simmons, who poached editors from Esquire and brought big hitters like Dave Eggers, Malcolm Gladwell, and Chuck Klosterman on as consulting editors, is doomed. (Atlantic)

The Center for Fiction announced that Scribner editor-in-chief Nan Graham, who has worked with Ann Beattie, Stephen King, Don Delillo, and many others, has been selected as winner of the Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction. (Washington Post)