Oprah's Book Club is Back, Smell Like Your Favorite Novel, and More

by
Evan Smith Rakoff
6.4.12

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:

If you missed the news on Friday, Oprah's Book Club is back. Oprah's first pick is Cheryl Strayed's Wild. (Cheryl Strayed was featured in the March/April 2012 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.) (New York Times)

Steven Isenberg, PEN American Center's Executive Director, announced he'd leave the organization at the end of 2012. PEN America is part of PEN International, which since 1921 has worked to promote literature and defend free expression.

Book Expo America 2012 is in full swing, and Book Riot offers a twenty-step guide. Number six: "If you find yourself waiting an hour for an autographed copy of some C-list celebrity’s ghostwritten memoir, then it’s time to reconsider your station in life and your prospects for future happiness. Also, wave to me."

And if you're in between events at Book Expo America on a rainy afternoon, play Haruki Murakami bingo. (New York Times)

In light of news that Guy Ritchie will direct an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Flavorwire suggests other pairings of classic novels with noted filmmakers.

Carolyn Kellogg offers a few suggestions for summer reading, including: Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue; multimedia long-form nonfiction from the Atavist; and Elizabeth Crane's latest, We Only Know So Much. (Los Angeles Times)

Forbes advises, "If you want to succeed in business, read more novels."

If you'd like to smell like your favorite novel, wear this perfume. (Jezebel)