Literary Items Big Sellers at Sotheby’s, Donald Hall’s Beards, 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:

Publishers Weekly has the latest on the DOJ price-fixing trial against Apple.

Two publishers, HarperCollins and Pearson, are shuttering divisions based in New Zealand. (Shelf Awareness)

Eva and Joseph Shapiro examine the reasons creative writing is flourishing in public schools. (NPR)

Carolyn Kellogg reports Sotheby’s held a hugely successful auction of literary items, with work by David Foster Wallace and others fetching high dollars. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, a first edition of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four sold for thirty thousand dollars.

Venerable poet Donald Hall casts his mature gaze over a life of love and loss (and a long beard). (New Yorker)

The Atlantic Wire takes a look at the newsletter of Brooklyn's famed Park Slope Food Coop. Its latest issue features book and film critic A. O. Scott.

In odd news, Colombian poet Raffael Medina Brochero intends to sell his testicles to fund a “poetry for peace” tour of Europe. (Columbia Reports)