Penguin and Random House Merger Finalized, Influence of Frank O’Hara, 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 merger of Penguin and Random House is complete. Bertelsmann, the parent company of Random House, will be majority owner of the new company. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, Hachette is purchasing Hyperion's adult trade list, which includes one thousand published titles, and twenty-five books slated for release. (Shelf Awareness)

Apple, the wealthiest technology company on earth, is seeking to trademark iWatch, and is reportedly developing a wearable device similar to its iPhone and iPad. (Washington Post)

Ron Rosenbaum examines what mysteries can be gleaned from the letters of J. D. Salinger. (Slate)

Anna North explains why she hates books. (Salon)

A video trailer for Lottie Moggach's new book If Kiss Me First is creating a stir in the United Kingdom. (Telegraph)

And the New York Times looks at how the popularity of audio books has bolstered the careers of actors.

With the recent Supreme Court landmark ruling on DOMA, the Millions discusses the influence of poet Frank O’Hara.