Mistaken Identities, SOPA and James Joyce, 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:

Business Week focuses on the work of Larry Kirshbaum, the 67-year-old book-industry insider hired by Amazon last May to head Amazon Publishing, the online giant's New York-based imprint "whose lofty goal is to publish bestselling books by big-name authors—the bread and butter of New York’s book industry."

With Congress deliberating the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and in light of certain works of James Joyce now in the public domain in the United Kingdom, but not, however, in the United States, the Millions examines copyright and the "future of intellectual property."

Goodreads will sever its ties to Amazon on January 30th, for which it has relied on for its book data, and is asking authors and users to "rescue your books."

With a new edition of Fire the Bastards! soon to be released—Jack Green's 1962 critique of the book reviewing industry—the Paris Review Daily details the incredibly odd and interwoven events which followed its original publication, involving William Gaddis, Thomas Pynchon, the mysterious Wanda Tinasky, and a Beat poet named Tom Hawkins.

Yesterday was Virginia Woolf's birthday, and to celebrate, Flavorwire lists fifty-nine facts about the great author.

2012 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, with numerous celebrations and exhibits planned, but curiously, the Dickens House Museum in London intends to shut its doors in April. (PopMatters)

Writer Roxane Gay provides the lessons she's learned after launching a micropress: "If I had just paid the money up front for the good envelopes, I wouldn’t have lost, literally, hundreds of dollars being a cheap ass." (HTML Giant)

The Rumpus reveals novelist Elmore Leonard's ten rules of writing.