Naked Booksellers, Book Perfume, and More


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:

Simon & Schuster plans to move forward with popular Twitter user John Lefevre’s book about working for Goldman Sachs, despite recent news that Lefevre never worked at the company. (New York Times)

A Swedish paper has found evidence that crime writer Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, claimed to have solved the 1986 assassination of Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme and sent police fifteen boxes of papers supporting his theory. (Telegraph)

Michelle Dean weighs in on writing “success” and “failure” in her response to Emily Gould’s essay from MFA vs. NYC. (Flavorwire)

Ru Freeman interviews poet Roger Reeves about his participation in the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ annual conference. (Huffington Post)

A group of booksellers and publishers in France were photographed naked to protest a politician’s outrage at a children’s book about nudity. (Guardian)

An artist has developed a book perfume as part of a project celebrating the effect books have on our senses. (GalleyCat)

PBS reports on a collaborative project between journalists and youth organizers who report the news of a San Francisco housing project using poetry.