Neil Gaiman Novel Banned in New Mexico School, Maria Bustillos on James Thurber, 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 Barnes & Noble in Merced, California, may close in early 2014. (Shelf Awareness)

After a parent objected that the subject matter was inappropriate for teenagers, Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere was banned from a school library in Alamogordo, New Mexico. (Guardian)

The Authors Guild’s Booktalk Nation—a service that helps authors supplement book tours—has embraced Google+ video hangouts. (Yahoo! Finance)

In the wake of Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize for literature, the New Yorker gathered several writers and asked for their thoughts on Munro’s work—including Sheila Heti, Lorrie Moore, and others.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph looks at the books of the twelve women writers who won the Nobel Prize for literature before Munro.

Maria Bustillos considers the great James Thurber’s role in the genesis of creative nonfiction. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“Stress can change the size of your brain (and make it smaller).” Fast Company explains why often when we’re exhausted our creativity surges.