National Novel Writing Month, Pauline Kael's Didion Rivalry, 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:

Today marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, and to prove a good novel can be written in thirty days, mental_floss lists a half-dozen books to serve as inspirational models, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. (Vol. 1: Brooklyn)

Sad news for book lovers, and the many authors who've traveled on book tours along the eastern seaboard, RiverRun Bookstore in New Hampshire is in danger of closing. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, intrepid online bookseller Aurora Anaya-Cerda is attempting to raise funds to bring her store, La Casa Azul, into the brick-and-mortar world of New York City. (GalleyCat)

HarperCollins announced Monday that it would acquire the Nashville-based Thomas Nelson, an inspirational and religious publisher. (New York Times)

Evan Hughes, the author of Literary Brooklyn, in a new column for the Awl, writes of the "cordial enmity of Joan Didion and Pauline Kael."

Following on the heels of similar lawsuits filed by movie studios, the publisher John Wiley and Sons has sued twenty-seven users of the file-sharing website BitTorrent, alleging the users shared Wiley's books without permission or compensation. (TorrentFreak)

John Orloff, the screenwriter of the film Anonymous, which promotes the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare's authorship, writes for the Wall Street Journal, "The truth is, there is no truth in film—in any film."

Stephen Mitchell's translation of Homer's Iliad was published last month, and critic Daniel Mendelsohn discusses the new version compared to other prominent translations. (New Yorker)