Junot Díaz's Zombie Novel, Molly Ringwald's Book Party, 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:

Google reached a settlement with publishers over a 2005 copyright lawsuit filed against Google over its massive Google Library book-scanning project. (PRNewswire)

McNally Robinson bookstores in Canada will be sold to staffers. The current owners, Paul and Holly McNally, will help with the transition over the next few years. (Shelf Awareness)

Famed New York City reading venue, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, is planning a multi-million dollar renovation to coincide with its fortieth anniversary. (Lo-Down)

Judith Thurman writes of attending the party for Molly Ringwald's first novel, When It Happens to You, (along with A. M. Homes, and Touré). The actress and author said, “Fame has been a mixed blessing. It opens doors, but it locks you into other people’s preconceptions." (New Yorker)

MacArthur Grant winner Junot Díaz is working on a science fiction/zombie novel. (Wired)  

Emily St. John Mandel discusses what she's learned during her recent book tour: "What matters is good writing, what matters is that there are people who love books enough to press them into your hands in far-off cities."

Looking at the NBC comedy 30 Rock, author Alexander Chee wonders if Tina Fey's series is The Muppet Show, but with people. (Salon)

Open Letters Monthly examines the life and work of noted womanizer, addict, poet, war hero (and fascist), Gabriele D’Annunzio.