The Life and Work of Ronald Lane Latimer, Library of Congress Closed, 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:

The Library of Congress—its buildings, collections, archives, and website—are closed. (GalleyCat)

Penguin and Random House have merged multiple audio divisions creating the Penguin Random House Audio Group, which will be helmed by Amanda D’Acierno. (Shelf Awareness)

Amazon announced it’s creating seventy thousand full-time jobs in the United States for the holiday shopping season. (Yahoo! Finance)

San Francisco-based startup Scribd is launching a Netflix-like subscription service for books, and partnering with HarperCollins. (Fast Company)

Ruth Graham looks at the life and work of Ronald Lane Latimer, who edited the poetry of William Carlos Williams, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, and Wallace Stevens. (Poetry Foundation)

“I saw a man get stabbed on a sunny afternoon in the West Village on my twenty-fourth birthday.” In an excerpt from the new collection of essays, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, Cheryl Strayed writes of her days in the Big Apple. (Salon)

For an art exhibit in Toronto, David Bowie lists his top one hundred must-read books. (Open Book Toronto)