Justice Department Sues Apple and Major Publishers, Vagaries of Book Tours, 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:

This morning the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five of the nation's largest publishers, alleging they conspired to fix e-book pricing. (Wall Street Journal)

Meanwhile, Macmillan’s CEO John Sargent says there was no collusion, and writes, "We have decided to fight this in court."

Following up on a recent story in Salon, PaidContent reports "some big-six publishers refuse to sign new contracts with Amazon."

Nine writers and publicists dish on the vagaries of book tours and readings. (Awl)

Michael Bourne describes the discovery of his mother's secret writing life. (Millions)

For National Poetry Month, before each lunch and dinner shift at New York City's Gramercy Tavern, the staff recites favorite poems to each other. (New York Times)

To mark yesterday's release of Ron Rash's new novel, The Cove, Flavorwire rounds up ten working Southern authors everyone should read.

Jack London lays everything bare in advising a twenty-year-old writer who sent him a manuscript: "The only reason there are more successful blacksmiths in the world than successful writers, is that it is much easier, and requires far less hard work to become a successful blacksmith than does it to become a successful writer." (Letters of Note)