Katherine Mansfield Stories Discovered, New York Public Library Controversy, 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:

A graduate student at King's College London in the United Kingdom discovered four forgotten stories by Katherine Mansfield in the university's archives. (Independent)

Deadline reports entertainment moguls Barry Diller and Scott Rudin are considering creating an e-book business for both fiction and non-fiction. (Rudin, a famed theater and film producer, has optioned screen rights to many literary novels in his career, including Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections.)

The Department of Justice responded to a letter written by self-published author David Gaughran in support of the DOJ’s lawsuit against Apple and major publishers over e-book pricing. (GalleyCat)

The Guardian examines the controversy over the Central Library Plan at the New York Public Library, which has pitted NYPL head Tony Marx against writers and scholars, such as Peter Carey, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Caleb Crain.

Training for a marathon? Melville House discusses how Haruki Murakami, Joyce Carol Oates, and others, use running to work out kinks in their novels.

Wired takes a hard look at the life of the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, and asks, "An inspiration or a cautionary tale?"

"It’s that the goal of the true craftsperson is simply to put story out into the universe—to find the tales that really count and to tell them in the form they demand." Author Nathan Englander on the late Nora Ephron, (and her exceptional almond cake recipe). (New Yorker)

The Village Voice found a 1968 BBC interview with Neil Gaiman, as a child acolyte in the Church of Scientology.